I don't expect Missouri to keep Fulford on the staff. He's been the most successful recruiter on Anderson's staff, but I suspect Martin has others in mind.
Let's not put Bieser in the Hall of Fame just yet. He still hasn't had a recruiting class. The team is almost exclusively players whom Tim Jamieson recruited. He's done a really nice job turning around the offense and I think we're seeing his pitching coach get more out of the staff. But they've played just one SEC series - and are trailing Arkansas 5-0 in this weekend's series opener.
Don't forget, he's got a couple more boys who will be in HS soon enough. I'm not sure what the plans are longterm. It's not like Martin just hired a truck driver who hasn't coached in years. (By the way, Ed Manning was a truck driver when Larry Brown hired him at Kansas - and then got his son Danny to pick KU over North Carolina.)
Whoa, there. Let's see if they can stay in top half of the SEC. Just a couple years ago MU was in the running for first place in the SEC East then collapsed down the stretch. As bad as this program has been for three of its four years in the SEC, I would advise keeping measured expectations for this season.
I'm not sure how that works exactly. The assistants have incentive clauses. If a donor wants to donate money to MU to devote to an assistant coach's salary, they wouldn't turn down the cash.
I haven't heard any figures. Mizzou tried turning Martin's press conference into a season tickets infomercial, so they're clearly aware of the need to sell more tix and drive up revenue. The last few years have been costly for the entire athletics department.
Jontay and Michael have been homeschooled in Seattle, so I imagine that could impact the decision. Athletes who know they're going to college can wrap up their core courses early in their career to leave them some wiggle room on the back end. It's becoming more of a trend with high-profile players.
I would think at least one or two players leave, but it's not something I like to speculate about without having credible info, and I don't as of yet.
Both good hires. Both would have been good hires at either school. Martin has more of a track record as a recruiter at a major program. Underwood has a more defined offensive approach with better on-court results. I think fans of both programs should be encouraged.
If he's going to classify for the 2017 class, he should be able to play right away next season - unless he needs another semester to load up on courses. But if that's the case I doubt he'd want to waste the year of college eligibility by only playing half the season. Jontay is not a one-and-done. He'll be a very good college player and has NBA potential, but he's not as readymade as his brother.
Actually, if there is any fan base in America that won't/shouldn't criticize the Porter hire it's Kansas. Look up Ed Manning and Ronnie Chalmers.
I haven't heard if any of those guys would seriously consider Missouri. Three of his four recruits were from California and the other is from Utah. The best player of the group is a 6-2 guard. That's not what Martin needs right now.
Or maybe he'd rather play fewer minutes and be part of a major program?
There's a chance, but Young is from Norman. He never really indicated any interest in Missouri. Yes, they used to talk about playing together, but it doesn't sound very realistic.
He wasn't ready to contribute to an 8-win team, so I'm not sure how/if he'll be ready to help what should be a much improved roster.
Foley doesn't get too involved with athletics, though he did hire Sterk. But Sterk was a search firm hire. Foley doesn't identify Sterk as a candidate without the firm. Things are going well right now, no doubt. But Mizzou needs a winning football season to really get things going strong.
Martin's teams don't play with much tempo. He runs a motion offense. We'll learn more as he gets his system installed. It's hard to pin labels on what Anderson tried to run. His staple offense is a high-low offense revolved around big men who can pass. He ran a lot of ball screens along the perimeter, some more four out, one in looks this past year.
As big as any I can remember. Here were MU's home opener opponents in the post-Norm years: UNC-Asheville, Savannah State, Jackson State, American, Coppin State, Davidson, Sam Houston State, Lipscomb, Southern, Prairie View A&M, Tenn-Martin, Western Illinois, SEMO, SIU-E, Southeastern Louisiana, UMKC, Wofford, Northwestern State. So, safe to say it's the biggest game since Norm was the head coach.
Defense has been an issue. But here's what they do well: They get on base and don't need extra-base hits to score. They lead the SEC in walks and rank second in steals. They manufacture runs, which is Bieser's speciality. They're two short of last years total for sac flies. They've won 20 in a row despite a huge increase in runners left on base compared to last year. Theyr'e not as good as their record indicates, but they've been far more competent in the noncon portion of the schedule than the last few years.