Not much, really. The depth chart matched up with the first- and second units the team was using in practice in the last three or four days leading up to the Tuesday.
I think the main difference is Cuonzo had more credibility with the players because he had been a head coach at this level, the way he communicated with players, the way he ran practices, etc. The guys who played for both Anderson and Martin - Puryear, VanLeer, Phillips, Nikko - they all respected Anderson, but Martin installed more structure and discipline and earned respect immediately with his demeanor and his track record.
It contributes to the way the staff evaluates talent, how it coaches talent, how it game plans, how it delegates during the week and on game day. Having a healthy climate is a huge factor. If there's distrust or friction on the staff, players see through that and it can lead to schisms within the locker room.
He'll be in touch with the offensive staff during the games and he'll know what's coming each week in the game plan, but he won't be intimately involved in planning or play-calling. That's not his speciality and he knows it.
I expect Alabama and Georgia to experiment with the rule as well. To paraphrase Nick Saban, it's not like Alabama just $#!+$ out four- and five-star players whenever they need one. They have to build their depth, too, and not every position is stacked with impact players. The difference is programs like Missouri and Kentucky can't afford to mis-evaluate on as many recruits because they don't have the surplus of talent.
Missouri has a commitment from Ohio QB Connor Bazelak. The staff likes him a lot. He could have a shot at competing for the job next year if he enrolls for spring practices. If the staff isn't sold on the current backups, they might want to check out the grad transfer market then groom Bazelak to be the guy in 2020.
No time soon. Those guys have larger inventories at Barnes & Noble. But thanks for the note.
Odom said the guy who plays depends on the situation. That tells me that if it's garbage time and they just want someone to run the offense and get the game over with, that's a different option than, say, Lock gets hurt and they need someone to take over full-time. And I'm not sure which guy would serve which role. My hunch is they don't know for sure who would give them the best chance to win. Wilson has more college experience, but they've all spent the same amount of time learning this offense.
Ted Monachino, just like Garrick McGee on offense, can't actively coach players during practice or games. But they can watch film, scout opponents, give advice to the staff and lend the head coach and coordinators a veteran voice. These guys don't take these jobs to work here long-term. It's usually just a stopover until they get a better job in a year or two. Both analysts are still being paid by their former employers - Monachino with the Indianapolis Colts and McGee at the University of Illinois - so MU can afford to play them modest hourly wages for their services. I think it can only help to have coaches like this on the staff. They're not making major decisions but they can act as consultants and both bring a wealth of experience.
No, he can play. He doesn't have a redshirt year available. As things stand now, I don't expect him to play ahead of the other backups listed on the depth chart, Wilson and Powell. He just doesn't throw it accurately enough from what I've seen. And he doesn't see himself as being a running quarterback, and that's not how Dooley's offense works anyway. I don't see him playing another position.
Actually, he's not quite the same guy with the media as a coordinator as he was as the head coach. Now, he's great 1 on 1. He and I had a really good interview earlier this summer. But in a group setting - and that's all he'll get during the season - he's not all that engaging. Pretty quick and to the point without a whole lot of color. As the head coach and CEO of the organization, I think he would see himself as more of a spokesman for the program, more of a salesman who's talking directly to the fans when he's answering questions about the team. But as a coordinator, he's here to coach ball - not sell tickets or glad-hand. That's not to say he's surly or difficult. I like him. But he's not opening up too much in the group settings.
The university can't directly help a recruit who's not yet a student. I'm not sure what you mean by juco intervention? Placing an unqualified high school recruit at a junior college? Mizzou has generally had success getting those players to stay committed once they've gone through junior college, but it's a crapshoot as far as developing into impact players.
I think there was a time he enjoyed basketball more than football or the difference was at least marginal. But he comes from a football family, and once it became clear he'd have major offers to play quarterback that became his plan. He was a good enough hoops player to earn multiple Division I offers and interest. You never know, he could have suffered a football injury that led him away from the game. For the hoops programs that showed interest it sure seemed genuine.