Scholarships are one-year agreements unless the school adopts a four-year scholarship policy.
Marco Harris, Martin's director of ops at Cal and Tennessee, could have the same role, but I'm told he's also a candidate for one of the three assistant roles. That would leave one more position to fill among the assistant's role. Haven't heard anything that credible yet on who will fill that spot. Martin expects to have the staff finalized after the Final Four, early next week.
There's still the matter of paying for a full year of tuition. Yes, Michael Porter Sr. is going to make a nice salary, but he's got eight kids. Bottom line, you don't land the No. 1 player in the country and then ask his family, "Oh, by the way, we're going to need for you to pay the $28K for tuition/room/board, etc." It's not a good look.
He's still the coordinator. Coordinators have responsibilities that go well beyond calling plays on game days. He's responsible for game-planning, organizing practices for the defenses, etc. Under Pinkel, the coordinators had a huge list of meticulous responsibilities that had nothing to do with play-calling on Sunday. So as long as Odom has kept some of that structure in place, Cross still has more on his plate. He's under contract for two more years, through the 2018 season.
That's not accurate. I did point out that Porter is the third Gatorade Player of the Year winner since 2011 with ties to the state, following Beal and Tatum.
Not that I know of at this point.
I don't know who he was talking about - and I'm not sure the recruiting writers who work on that stuff more closely knew who he was talking about. Maybe some potential grad transfers. But I wasn't aware of any high-profile transfers who were seriously considering MU.
I haven't talked to him since Nashville. People closer to him have told me he's "at peace" with what's happened and he's genuinely happy to be at Pitt State back at the D-2 level. He wanted another year to develop the roster. I think he'll always resent some of the obstacles he had to face when he took over the program, but I think he understands why the change had to be made in light of the noncon losses and the empty crowds.
Brad is staying at Mizzou and will work in the Tiger Scholarship Fund as a fundraiser for the athletics department. He's very grateful for the job and the chance to stay in Columbia. He told me this week he's essentially a recruiter, but instead of recruiting 18-year-old players he's recruiting adults for their donations.
On the surface, I think Martin has been a better recruiter and Underwood has been a better coach in terms of results on the court. I think both fan bases would have been happy with either coach. Underwood doesn't have a track record as a power conference recruiter - but his results on the floor have been outstanding.
I understand the logic for wanting to be a walk-on, but if you use some common sense it's absurd to expect that. Yes, this team needs some bigs, but it's a lot harder to find credible post players than wing players. Also, the game is changing. You don't need a dominant 6-10 or 7-foot post man to have a competitive team. It's a perimeter-oriented game and you need versatile players who can shoot, drive and defend multiple spots on the floor
He's pretty content with his pledge to SLU and doesn't appear to be interested in the spotlight or the buzz that surrounds high-profile recruits. He's known as a homebody, not one for much fanfare. Maybe that changes if Mizzou and/or Illinois or anyone else ramp up their pursuit for him.
That doesn't make him evil. Wins were vacated at UMass because Marcus Camby took money from an agent - not a booster with ties to Cal or the school. The NCAA never proved Derrick Rose didn't take the standardized test at Memphis. The NCAA couldn't resolve the situation or provide any evidence Rose cheated or that Cal/Memphis had any role in cheating. Hardly sounds like a guy who's evil.
I don't know how to answer that. I'm not a student on campus, so I'm not really aware what Missouri is doing or isn't doing in terms of marketing those teams to the students. Mizzou volleyball draws well compared to past years in the program. Last year, the women's program had the biggest attendance spike in the country.
I saw a list of schools Baker is considering and I don't believe he's considering Missouri.
He would not have considered Missouri if Anderson were still the coach. It just wasn't going to happen.
Yes, I think the recovery has already started. If the football and basketball teams start winning at a national level you'll see the crowds come back. The hoops crowds will come back this year with Porter on the way. Penn State's support took off when the team started winning on a national scale again.
Until the unsigned recruits like Knox and Bamba say they won't consider Mizzou, anything is possible.
I'm a little surprised, but Cal and Oklahoma State went cheap. Washington went for a career assistant. I think Crean wants to coach but not juts any situation. He might do a year of TV work at ESPN or the Big Ten Network and then be the No. 1 free agent for the top jobs this time next year.
Brad is very grateful to Jim Sterk and Brian White for making it possible.