The key difference is Mike Alden was personally invested in Pinkel's survival - because firing him after 2004 would have been an indictment on Alden himself. Sterk doesn't have that attachment to Odom. If anything he wont' want to be known as the AD who hung on too long. Plus, he's got serious financial challenges at stake here, more than Alden ever faced in the Big 12 back in the early 2000s. In those ways and more it's hard to compare the two situations.
Nothing new since what I wrote about both this time last week. The staff is really impressed with Pickett and his progress and work ethic. Santos is week to week with a foot injury.
The easy answer is Missouri has to recruit better and develop talent better. You're never going to match Georgia's and Alabama's four-and five-star collections, but there are ways to identify talented players who can become productive, winning players in this conference. The examples are endless. There's just a much smaller margin for error at a program like Missouri where a couple bad classes can set you back a decade or longer.
Jafar Armstrong is now a running back at Notre Dame. He's ND's No. 2 rusher and touchdown leader with five scores. Ellijah Gardiner is at Ohio State. He's played this year but no catches.
I have no idea. It would be reckless speculation for me to guess.
He'll play. I don't know how much or how little, but a misdemeanor isn't going to keep him on the bench permanently. If they don't want to play him because he got an DWI, then they'd just kick him off the team. He can earn some backup minutes at the three and four.
No. My attention is on writing the best story I can write, capture the moment and the meaning in a timely fashion. You can't do that well if you're emotionally tied up with things that are beyond your control. Plus, I don't make any more money or get home to my family any sooner or any later if Mizzou wins or loses. I'm rooting for the best story.
Yes, I'd say he's done a good job through four games. Can't really blame him for a ball bouncing off a receiver's hands and shoulder pads, for a punt getting blocked and for a tight end letting a cornerback rip the ball loose. That said, is he going to draw a HC job after just one year as a coordinator? I would be really surprised if a Power 5 job would hire him. His three years at Tennessee were pretty bad - and not entirely his fault by any means, but when considering candidates ADs are going to favor an up-and-coming young coach who's never failed as a HC over an older guy who flopped at a premiere program. But he has a lot of connections and a name that will resonate with people in the industry. Does he want to be a head coach so bad he'd take a Sun Belt job or a Conference USA job? I don't know about that. Those jobs require a lot of heavy lifting. He's been there and done that already at Louisiana Tech. I think the more likely move would be to another Power 5 team that can pay him seven figures to be their coordinator.
Sure. I could see a more historic football program hiring him. I could also see Kentucky seeing the value in keeping him and raising his salary into the $6 million range. What's a better job that could come open? He came from Florida State. What if the Noles cut their losses with Willie Taggart? USC could come open. I don't see a lot of obvious openings that are better than his current gig.
Not that I know of. Odom is invested in Ryan Walters. That's his guy. He wants to see him do well because he believes in him. Now, could Stec return as a linebackers and coach and not as coordinator? I would never rule it out if that's something he'd want to do again. But .... Missouri State is 3-1 with two wins over nationally ranked teams, the first time MSU has done that in back to back weeks since 1989. Bear Up, boys and girls!
They expect him to be an impact scorer from the start. He'll have to defend to see minutes.
OK, folks. I promised two hours and gave you nearly three. I've got some writing to do ... and some packing. Enjoy your weekend.