Mizzou chat with Dave Matter

Mizzou chat with Dave Matter

Bring your Tigers football, basketball and recruiting questions, and talk to Mizzou beat writer Dave Matter in a live chat starting at 11 a.m. Thursday.


    Greetings, Mizzou chatters, and welcome to Week 1 of the college football season. I'll be off to Wyoming on Friday, but before then I'll take your questions over the next couple hours. Be sure to give a listen to this week's Eye on The Tigers podcast, where Ben Frederickson and I preview the Mizzou-Wyoming game (Ben spent some time in Laramie covering the Cowboys), talk about the Mississippi State NCAA sanctions and how they related to MU's situation ... and a deep dive on why MU moved next year's Arkansas game to Kansas City. 
     

    Eye on the Tigers podcast: Unusual trip to Wyoming awaits Mizzou in Week One

    Episode 61 • Barry Odom’s Missouri football team makes the trip to the high elevation of Laramie, Wyoming for its season opener against the Cowboys. In this edition of the
    Any chance C. Gordon signs with Mizzou b-ball.
    I would say no chance. For those who don't know who Boston Mizzou is talking about, former Vianney/Webster Groves/SLU forward Carte'Are Gordon is now also a former DePaul forward. He entered the transfer portal this week, several outlets reported. Lots of size and talent but I wouldn't expect Mizzou to go there. MU didn't seriously pursue him when he left SLU, so after a quick exit at DePaul I wouldn't expect Cuonzo Martin to go down that road.
    Who leads us in receiving yards this weekend.
    I think this answer could change from week to week - and I also think Missouri can get by without having to throw the ball a lot in Wyoming. Then again, I would have thought the same last year and Lock threw for almost 400 yards on Wyoming. I'll go with Jonanthan Nance, but it's really just a guess. There are multiple weapons in the passing game at outside receiver, slot receiver, tight end and tailback. This team might be pretty balanced when it comes to receptions.
    At times I feel Dru and our freshman will
    Help a ton. Then I realize our upperclassman haven’t really stepped up like they should. I would like us to make the ncaa. And maybe if our sophs step up we do?
    It's fair to expect Missouri to be an NCAA Tournament team this year with all the pieces they've added. The expectations around the nation and the SEC aren't going to be very high - I've seen MU projected as the 13th-best team in the conference - but there's a lot to like about a nucleus of Dru & Mark Smith, Tilmon, Pickett, Watson, Pinson, etc., and then throw in the freshmen. What do they do at the power forward position and what's the plan if/when Tilmon is on the bench? This should be Martn's best defensive team in his three years at Mizzou with the size and depth on the perimeter.
    If the bowl ban is upheld what do expect Mizzou to do since they can't appeal anymore? Continue on the #MakeItRight train with a new slogan or something?
    Take their punishment and move forward. Mizzou isn't going to sue the NCAA. Mizzou isn't going to secede from the NCAA. Those are fantasy land ideas and not grounded in any shred of reality.  There's really nothing Missouri can do with the NCAA once the appeals committee makes its final ruling. Schools can't appeal the appeal committee's ruling. For one, MU will have to figure out a way to make up for the revenue shortfall of not being postseason eligible, and Jim Sterk has suggested that will include borrowing from the university coffers. Then there's a PR angle to all of this. Mizzou has to continue to rally its base and capitalize on the situation.
    Major news just reported on Twitter by 247Sports: Lutheran North LB Antonio Doyle has decommitted from Mizzou. The four-star linebacker was a major catch for the Tigers earlier this summer. I'll look into this and hopefully have more after the chat.
    Dave - Why do you think Lindsey Scott waited until fall campt to tell Barry Odom of his intentions to transfer? Considering Taylor Powell is a red shirt sophomore who has game time experience, our freshman quarterback is coming in as a four star recruit, and the eligibility of our transfer from TCU for next year - it just does not make sense. If he would have transferred after spring practice, he could have found a program that may have needed him this fall.
    I haven't talked to Lindsey or anyone from his camp, but I imagine he thought he had a shot at the backup job and when he didn't win it, he realized he won't have a chance at the starter's job in 2020.
    Predictions for Bryant’s passing yards. Rushing yards and Tds thrown and rushed for the season?
    I'll say he averages about 215 passing yards per game, throws for 25 touchdowns, averages 60 rushing yards per game with 10 touchdowns.
    Dave - I was impressed that Jonathan Nance came in and earned a starting spot as receiver. Do you think that besides Albert O, he can be our leading receiver?
    I'd say he's got a good chance of that. He's really smooth. Catches the ball cleanly. Has some wiggle after the catch and, maybe most important, seems to really have some chemistry with Bryant. Look for a story on Nance by Christina Long in Friday's P-D.
    Dave - It's hard to tell by watchng receivers on T.V., but does Mizzou get more zone or one on one coverage? Last year, it looked more zone with receivers being doubled covered at time. Thank You
    I don't have specific breakdowns. Teams change their defenses depending on the situation, down and distance, etc.
    On past defensive ends Mizzou has had guys it seems like emerge in their 3rd, 4th, or 5th year in the program after being a rotation guy their first couple of years (outside of Aldon Smith his redshirt freshman year). Chris Turner has been underwhelming so far but he hasn't had as much of the luxury as past guys of being eased in, playing a lot as a true freshman and true sophomore. From what you have seen and him being in his third year do you see him being at least solid (not even great or elite, just not underwhelming)?
  • He's pretty motivated to answer the criticism/questions about the pass rush. He's got to be more productive than he's been the last couple years. They absolutely need a pass rush and the staff clearly believes in him. I'm interested to see what Hansford can do. Isaiah McGuire is just a freshman but he's got the frame for the position. It's without a doubt the position group under the most scrutiny coming into the season - and it doesn't help that Jeffocat is out indefinitely with the elbow injury that kept him out of camp.
  • My buddy, Tbakes, is all about going to Laramie this weekend. Should we do it?
  • Dave - Are they bringing a punter besides Tucker McCann to Wyoming?
  • I imagine they will, either Koetting or Rodriguez. But McCann has the job(s) for this game.
  • -Good morning Dave, hope all is good with you and thank you as usual for your excellent work and dedication in covering Mizzou athletics. I am curious to know what are your impressions of Greg Sankey as SEC commissioner compared to Mike Slive? I get the idea that he's not as on board as Slive was in welcoming and accepting Mizzou into the "SEC family." Am I wrong in thinking that?
  • I don't agree with that. Sankey has never struck me as anyone who had anything against Mizzou. Had he been the commissioner at the time when Mizzou joined the league and had to be the guy who presided over the formal introduction process maybe your impression would be different. Sankey is pretty calculated with what he says publicly about the schools in the conference, but I've never gotten the sense he isn't accepting of Mizzou.
  • With the 2019 Arlansas-Mizzou game being played off campus in Little Rock and the 2020 game played in KC, any chance the 2022 game comes to ST. Louis? I assume Ark and MU are moving the games off campus to big cities is that students are off campus for the Thanksgiving break and that would reduce on campus attendance. So bigger crowds can be gotten in off campus cities.
  • No plans for that as of now, but Mizzou would love to have a game in St. Louis and St. Louis would love to have Mizzou in for a game. Scheduling is really hard. I think some fans think it's a simple 50-piece puzzle. More like a 1,000-piece with multiple players trying to put the whole thing together.
    Glad that Jim Sterk finally saw the light and moved the Borderline Rivalry game to Kansas City.....building the MU Brand in KansasCity, rewarding its alumni, and giving students from the KC metro area a chance to attend a game while home on Thanksgiving break.....NOW if only he would schedule the same game in St. Louis the next time its a Mizzou Home Game.....Would be great to see Mizzou rotate this game between the two largest metro areas. Your thoughts?
  • Generally, I don't like the idea of moving conference games off campus. It's OK for an occasional noncon game, like the Illinois game in St. Louis all those years. This move to KC came to be for a couple reasons ...
    1. MU owed KC a game after the KC curators agreed to support leaving the Big 12 for the SEC. The 2015 BYU game was a flop and MU promised another game in the KC market.
    2. The Black Friday game has been bad for attendance the last couple years. KC wants a Power 5 opponent, so with the trend being that students skip out on that Black Friday game, the 2020 Arkansas game made sense for a one-time thing.  
  • Dave - Does a program that promotes it's quarterback as a Heisman Throphy candidate good for a program like Mizzou?
    Not sure I understand. Mizzou promoted Lock last year but ultimately the QB's play is the best piece of promotion.
    With MU FB finally having more success in recruiting in St Louis, how is MU doing in the KC area? Is there good recruitable talent in KC that can add to the results they are finally attaining in St. Louis?
    KC hasn't produced as many Power 5 recruits the last couple cycles, but MU is in the mix for a few guys from the area. Right now, of the top 20 in-state recruits for 2020, as rated by Rivals.com, only four are from KC. The rest are St. Louis and two from Columbia. Dontae Manning, a cornerback from Raytown is one of the KC targets.
    I get the impression that this will be Tilmon’s last season at MUBB and he will go to the NBA after this season. I know he’s 6’10” which is one factor that NBA teams are eager to get for their teams, but I just don’t see the improvement last year over his freshman season that would make me think he is worth drafting. Maybe his physical style of play like using his rear end to get better position on offense will not be called in the NBA like it has been the first two years in college. Unless he he improved dramatically over the summer, I just don’t NBA teams being interested in him based on his first 2 college seasons
    He's got a lot of work to do between now and the lead-up to the draft if he wants to get taken. He's got to develop some sort of outside shot. He's got to, obviously, cut down on the fouls and become more of a polished player on the offensive end. This is a massive year for him, not just for the team's sake but his future. I'm really interested to see how he's developed this offseason. He missed some time earlier this summer with a back injury. Martin didn't seem to think it was serious but it's something to monitor.
    Dave - Do you think college football will see a resurgence of increased attenance this year? Or - is game day Saturday's completing with too many other weekend activities that are taking people away? Personally, I think college football season is the greatest sport.
    The trend has been in motion for a few years now, so I'm not sure we're going to see it reverse. Maybe certain schools will see a bump in the SEC with the new alcohol policy, but TVs are only getting better and cheaper. The forces working against schools have never been stronger. If anything I think schools are trying to slow down the trend.
    How has Micah Wilson transitioned to WR?
    Has Lindsey Scott found a new school?
    I'd be surprised if Wilson is in the regular rotation at WR based on practice/scrimmage reps. It's not easy changing positions, and Mizzou has some pretty good talent at receiver. No word yet on where Scott will go next.
    Apologies ahead of time for the potentially long rant I am about to go on here Dave, but this really bothers me: I find it embarrassing and depressing that Mizzou/Sterk felt they had to reduce the capacity at Faurot Field by 10,000 SEATS! Actually, I'm quite livid about it, and I know what you're going to say Dave: that they've barely been able to average above 50,000 the last 2 years so it's only sensible from an economic standpoint(or something like  that) that they eliminate seats.
    Am I the only one that sees this as something of a loser mentality-- ie we can't get 70,000 to come to games for 3 years now so we might as well give up trying and instead eliminate 10,000 seats so we don't even have to try?
    Even when Mizzou had all those losing seasons in the 80s and 90s and Faurot Field on Gameday was barely half full, I don't recall the MU athletic department even in those bleakest of times talking about the need to reduce the stadium capacity to cover up all those empty seats.
    I know I've also heard you say that what MU is doing is part of a new trend in college sports that other schools are doing too. So please tell me, because I honestly don't know, what other schools are reducing their capacity at their home stadiums by 10,000 or more?
    I've generally liked Sterk and the overall job he's done since he took over as AD, but on this issue with reducing the stadium capacity, I'm very disappointed.
    The way I see it--and I know I could be way off with all of this Dave and feel free to tell me if I am--hire better people in the marketing dept if you need to who can figure out a way to fill the stadium. Still missing, what, I estimate approx 10,000 fans who used to come to all the games but stopped showing up(and still aren't) because  they're still bitter at The University and the football program from the campus protests in '15? Then somehow figure out a way to get them back. Or figure out a way to get 10,000 new fans to replace them. I'm sure it's not as easy as I make it sound, but it can't be freaking rocket science either, can it? But to just give up and eliminate 10,000 seats? I'm just concerned that it's a bad look for Sterk and the football program to have done that. And if I'm a school competing with Mizzou for recruits? All they have to do is ask "Are you sure you want to play for a school like Mizzou where the fans are so dispassionate about football that the athletic department gave up on trying to fill the stadium and eliminated a huge # of seats instead?" You know other schools competing against MU for recruits are going to say that, and unfortunately, it will work for many of them.
    Please feel free to talk me down from the proverbial roof on this one Dave and tell me that I'm making too much of a big deal out of it than needed.
  • I can tell you're quite passionate about the subject, but I'm here to tell you that MIzzou is doing the right thing.
    Kentucky eliminated about 10,000 seats from its capacity when it renovated its stadium. Several NFL clubs have done the same thing. People just aren't going to games as much as they did in the past. TV has changed the landscape. Schools, like Missouri, that don't have a massive, loyal fanbase that will show up regardless of the opponent, regardless of the weather, regardless of the calendar, have to be think outside the box to protect their revenues. Fewer general public seats and more premium seats is the way to solve this situation. 
    Also, keep in mind, Mizzou's capacity figure has always been a sort of an arbitrary number because of the north end zone. The capacity on the north hill is more of a projection. You can tweak that number and not actually take away 10,000 seats to come up with the new total. 
     
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