Hey, chatters. Just a heads up, I'm in Nashville at SEC hoops media days. I'll be bouncing back and forth between interviews and the chat for the next hour or so. So, submit your questions and I'll get to as many as possible.
Roberts is a combo guard who could come off the bench and spell starters in the backcourt. I'm not sure if he'll play as many minutes as Harris or Phillips or the other guard options (Geist, Barnett), but there should be a role for him. Very likeable kid who seems bought into the program.
I don't understand it either. It was something I meant to ask about this week, his philosophy in those situations but slipped my mind during his press conference. Odom is an optimist. He wants to believe in his defense. He wants to have faith they'll get a stop and see that group build some confidence. To me, it's faith to a fault. Coaches need to stop punting in general. Especially when you've got an offense with proven playmakers.
Not a whole lot. Other than the Black and Gold games the last two years and some mop-up time in earlier games I haven't seen the backups take a live snap. Micah Wilson is listed as the backup. Staff has been high on his development, but he's never been in a game for a meaningful snap.
Impressive guy. Did a great job at Clemson, has turned SMU into a winner in a short amount of time. Has an exciting offense. Strong, strong Texas roots. Whoever hires Morris will have competition because I think he'll be high on a lot of school's lists.
No. Now, I wasn't around when Mizzou signed Chievous or Peeler (I was alive, just not working), but this is unprecedented. Not just the No. 1 player in his recruiting class - pre Bagley reclassifying - but projected No. 1 pick in the draft, preseason SEC player of the year. This is why Mizzou must capitalize on this season. I think Martin will have a competitive team year after year as long as he continues to recruit well, but he'll never have this kind of singular talent on the roster.
Hard to have any idea. Will both teams play their starters in the second half? We have no idea how the coaches are going to approach this. Martin said Missouri will play to win the game, but it's one thing to say that on Wednesday. By Sunday, plans could change just in terms of who plays how many minutes.
Tilmon, Harris and Puryear. I think Puryear's leadership is going to be crucial. I was skeptical when Martin was hired how Puryear would respond to all the changes, but he's 100-percent bought in. He's intent on being this team's vocal leader - and his role on the floor will be more clearly defined. Plus he's in great shape. Harris has more upside than any backcourt player on the roster. Mizzou hasn't had an athlete like Harris at guard since Jordan Clarkson. Different kind of player but I'm talking in terms of speed and agility. And then Tilmon gives this team a 6-10 athlete who can do a lot of things Mizzou hasn't had in the frontcourt in a long time. I was blown away watching him work out last week. He runs like a wide receiver.
Hard to say. Reed Nikko will have a role in the rotation at the five. Puryear mentioned him yesterday as a factor inside. Not sure about the other two.
Missouri didn't interview Campbell, but you're right, he's doing an excellent job at Iowa State. He won't be there long.
Yes, I reported on Twitter earlier this morning that Mizzou and Kansas are working on a PPV option and should have info later today. I know fans wanted this game televised, but there were a lot of factors working against that happening. For one, they absolutely had to sell this thing out before they could consider a TV option. Then it came down to TV rights. Neither school was going to allow the game to be played on the other school's rights holder. There's a lot of minutiae that goes into putting a game on TV, and I don't think either school wanted to risk this deal falling apart because of failed negotiations on TV rights. Remember, these schools aren't exactly on chummy terms. If they can figure out a PPV option with proceeds going toward the hurricane relief efforts then it's doable. Stay tuned.
Thank you very much. We understood we had to be authentic and cover some of the incidents and issues that weren't necessarily the highlights of his 15 years at Mizzou. I thought it turned out pretty good. I'd love for all Mizzou fans to read the book. I can guarantee any hardcore diehard will learn something they didn't know about the Pinkel years - hopefully many things.
No. Things went south in 2015. Everyone knows that. But the program wasn't slipping to the point where the team would be this bad. There's a shortage of SEC talent on defense. At the same time, other than maybe Crockett and Garrett, the best players on this team were recruited by Pinkel's staff: Beckner, Hall, Hall, Lock, Johnson, Moore, Adams.
Access has been fine. No reporter will ever say access is good enough, but I've interviewed Porter about four times since the summer and I'm able to get other players when I need them. I have zero complaints. Martin is media savvy and he understands the value of coverage. We don't get to watch actual practice, but I don't take that much from watching hoops practice. We know, for the most part, who's going to play.
There's not that big of a gap. When you consider South Carolina won 26 games last year and reached the Final Four and they're 11th in the preseason poll ... this league has some serious depth. After Kentucky and Florida at the top, you've got a strong mix of teams in that next tier that could all make the NCAAs: Texas A&M, Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Vandy, Georgia, South Carolina, Auburn. Ole Miss is always competitive. Tennessee and Mississippi State will knock off some good teams this year. I'm buying the depth.
Yes, somewhat. He botched the Cross situation. He should have fired him in the offseason if he could sense things weren't going to work out. Odom might have thought Cross would take another job in the offseason after he was demoted midseason. I'll give Odom a bit of a pass on the Shipp hire. He was in a bind in late January and needed to hire someone after getting jilted by the short-timer who left for the NFL. Half the staff had worked with Shipp at Oklahoma, so I'm guessing they vouched for him. I still think Brick Haley has been a good addition. The D-line hasn't played up to MU's usual standard, but I think that's more of a talent/roster attrition matter.
The SEC and SEC Network are positives for this job. That revenue and exposure make the job appealing. But being in the SEC also means you now get compared to some of the biggest, richest fan bases in college sports. And that's where Mizzou doesn't stack up. If you're a coaching candidate that can be a concern. Is this fanbase strong enough, big enough to fund the program, provide the resources I need to compete at the level it takes to build a winning program in a division that includes Georgia, Florida and Tennessee? It's the same challenge at places like Ole Miss and Mississippi State. As for the offense, the unit has underachieved overall this year, and if Odom is out, so is Heupel, too, likely. Hypothetically, if the job is open, a candidate would have to like the returning talent on offense, but I don't think you base that decision solely on the presence of a decent senior quarterback.
They tried some underneath routes, but completing those throws isn't Lock's strength. Georgia took away the running game. That was the biggest factor. When you can't run, you become predictable and one-dimensional. Mizzou scored some points with that dimension, but let's face it, if you score 28 points on this Georgia defense, it's hard to fault the offense. Nobody else has scored more than 19 on UGA this year.