Greetings from Atlanta where SEC media days is about to wrap up. I'll be here for about 90 minutes before I have to file a few more stories and travel back to Missouri.
She hasn't released the info. She hasn't answered multiple messages I've left with her over the past two days. I'm not going to speculate on what she plans to do or why she didn't release the info. This much I know: If she releases names of athletes who allegedly committed academic fraud, the Post-Dispatch is not going to publish those names without independent confirmation or evidence.
He was fine here yesterday. Very loose and talkative with the local media when we met with him away from the national reporters.
Ms. Kumar doesn't have any affiliation to Kansas City, so not sure why she's the KC tutor. Her allegations have been a serious matter for nearly two years. Mizzou met with the NCAA Committee on Infractions last month regarding the NCAA's investigation and suspended a football starter six games last season for his involvement. Will there be closure soon? I would think so, but no telling with the NCAA.
This team seems no more or less confident than every other team I've covered at Missouri the last 20 years. They're all confident and optimistic this time of year.
That would be interesting, but I'm not sure a decent publisher would be sold on that concept.
Some experts on the subject have indicated that parents could have grounds for a civil suit if she indeed published names.
Way off my radar right now. It's getting late to add reinforcements for the coming season.
Yes, he said yesterday he's in far better shape because he was able to get through a full offseason of training. As I wrote in today's story, his body fat is way down. He's a lean 290 pounds, right around where he wants to play this season. I expect a big year from him. No reason he can't push for 10 sacks, 50 tackles.
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Not to my knowledge. I believe he's expected back soon.
Mizzou did a nice job yesterday. Lock was terrific with the media, as natural and comfortable as any player I've seen at this event in the seven years I've covered it. He got a lot of the same questions multiple times and he never mailed in an answer. He's able to pull of the bravado without being unlikable. Odom was loose. This isn't his favorite thing to do, but he had some fun with his time here. I spent a lot of time around Beckner and while he's not the most talkative guy he opened up on a few topics. I didn't get to spend much time around Hall. He's a character and seemed to leave a good impression on the reporters who talked to him.
Daniel and Weatherspoon weren't seniors the same year. Weatherspoon and Danario Alexander were both senior leaders in 2009. That was a good pairing. I'd go Martin Rucker and Lorenzo Williams in 2007. That was the best leadership combo I can recall i my time on the beat. Mizzou wasn't good in 1999, but Odom and Rob Riti were two highly respected guys on that team.
Every fan should visit the Hall of Fame here in Atlanta. They've got some great exhibits. As for hosting Media Day, it wasn't the best setup. I prefer Hoover. More restaurant options in downtown Atlanta, but there's a certain charm to Hoover that's lost when you move the event to a big city.
I disagree. Blowing off media and being grumpy is out of character for Barry. That's why some of us were frustrated this spring. The guy we saw yesterday is the guy I've known for 20 years. He's funny. He's engaging. When he's himself, he's incredibly likable. I think he's realized that here lately, and he's sharp enough to acknowledge that on his own without his boss having to instruct him.
I've eaten there a few times but haven't had the wings. I'll try them next time.