No. I think that's very possible. They can't blow tonight's game and they need to avenge the Bama loss on the road Sunday. But the 3 seed is very doable. If that happens, Pingeton has to be SEC coach of the year. Has to be.
I just touched on Crean and someone else asked about Martin earlier. As for Hoiberg, the Bulls are in the NBA playoff picture. As long as they're in the playoff mix, I don't see the team firing Hoiberg. And if he's not fired, I can't see him passing on his $5 million salary to cut that in half to coach a struggling college program. Would he be a good fit at Missouri? Absolutely, based on his track record at Iowa State. Now, Hoiberg's success at Iowa State was mostly done on the backs of transfers. I'm not sure he proved to be a great national recruiter in Ames. Would MU fans be OK with another transfer influx?
I'm going to forgive you for the Power 5 reference. But just this time. I think Missouri can do well with a mid-major HC - if it's the right mid-major. But I also get the sense Strerk will shoot for more established power conference coaches. I don't think there's only one direction you have to take for this job.
The spring basketball signing period begins April 12, so barring a really lengthy search, Missouri should know who its 2017-18 coach will be by then. That's enough time to fill out the recruiting class. Remember, Anderson wasn't hired until April 29. He was well behind the recruiting calendar by the time he took over. That's why he had to take a few fliers on late additions to the class (Allen, Isabell.)
I would but Missouri hasn't released any dates yet except the date of the Black and Gold scrimmage on April 15.
I'm not sure. Attendance/revenue would still be down. They'd still be the rare college program with three straight 20-loss seasons. It certainly would help his cause to have Porter in the fold, but it's hard to speculate on that hypothetical.
At least three will: Bam Adebayo, De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk. All three are projected top 20 picks. Briscoe is projected as a second-rounder last I saw, so he could stick around. Wenyen Gabriel has lots of raw talent, but I'm not sure he's ready to turn pro.
Because his best games have come when he's come off the bench. Why mess with what works? He seems to do better when he can sit and watch the first few minutes unfold and sees how the game is being called and the early pace of the game. Plus if you can match him against a second unit player he might be able to overmatch them on pure athleticism and get some early easy buckets.
No one in the country can do better than 7-20 or 24-64? Wow, that's a bold statement. I think a lot of quality coaches would be up for that challenge. Playing hard should be expected, not commended. And they have not improved each game, not at all.
Again, Mizzou hasn't released any of those dates yet.
I can't predict what the SEC coaches will say. I know it's convenient to say they're all just being nice to him because they want him to keep his job so they can beat him again. But most of these coaches genuinely want to see their peers do well. Nobody likes seeing someone get fired for doing what they love. And John Calipari knows damn well his comments aren't going to impact Jim Sterk's opinions. You don't hear coaches say this about every hot-seat coach. Are Big Ten coaches saying the same things about Groce right now? Are the Pac-12 coaches saying the same about Romar? I doubt it.
Crystal ball ain't working today. Anybody got some questions that just aren't predictions?
Ultimately, I think your comment is an indictment on this team and staff. Why can they get so focused and energized for the Rally for Rhyan game and the Kentucky game and not for a January visit from Ole Miss or a February road trip to Tennessee? You can't just rely on the crowd to get you through these games.
He had the only loss of the series. Nine strikeouts but gave up a four runs in five innings. The games weren't televised so I didn't see any of the action, just the boxes. They busted out the bats for the second game, but it's still so early it's hard to make a read on a team now, especially during a transition season like this.
Buzz Williams would be an excellent hire. I'm told he's entrenched at Virginia Tech right now, but he expressed some interest in the Missouri job last time around - except that Haith was still in place when Buzz left Marquette for VT. He's got a lower ceiling in the ACC at that program. Much more upside coaching in the SEC where there's only one established powerhouse program compared to four or five in the ACC. (Duke, UNC, Louisville, Syracuse, Virginia). I think it will be a long time before a Duke product comes to Missouri. You have to get the Coach K blessing first, and after the Alden-Quin breakup, I doubt K would give one of his guys the thumps up on the Mizzou job.
No, I don't. He's still coaching hard. I don't notice much different in his demeanor from his first season. But he's no dummy. He can see where this is going.
I'm terrible at picking games.
I believe she'll be back playing today. She was being held out while her eligibility was reviewed, Was told it was related to academics, but I don't know any specifics. They play Notre Dame tonight.
Don't assume quiet means anything. As I warned everyone in the fall, these situations take years to unfold. I have not heard from Ms. Kumar in about six weeks.
He has not, but just as Pinkel did in his later years, Missouri does more position-specific recruiting under Odom. The D-line coach recruits the D-linemen in tandem with the regional recruiter. But, yes, Ford is still in St. Louis.
It depends on who's at the mic. Some coaches/ADs are more honest than others. Pinkel and Kim Anderson were pretty blunt. Alden would get frustrated with Pinkel's public comments at times. ADs are usually more measured, more political, more diplomatic. Some coaches are that way, too.
The book covers his entire life, from Ohio to Washington to Missouri. It's coming along well. Will be available around Sept. 1.