Not surprised at all. I think you can make a strong case that UGA is the best job in America. The state has an endless supply of talent. Athens might be the best college town in America. The resources are outstanding. Kirby appears to know what he's doing and has a strong staff. It wouldn't surprise me a bit if he builds a dynasty there.
FYI, UCF just informed me they still don't have Elarbee's contract/salary on file. Some schools work slower than others.
They could really use a quarterback. Maybe an interior O-lineman or two and some more defensive ends. Never rush to judgment on a recruiting class before the season is over - or after the faxes are all in. It takes years to fully evaluate a class.
Texas had one of the better defenses in the Big 12 and had solid games against potent offenses at OU and OSU - though got torched by USC. Texas is better against the run than against the pass. Yes, they're not going to have All-Big 12 safety DeShon Elliott and might not have Big 12 defensive player of the year Malik Jefferson, a linebacker and the best player on the team.
I think all of these coaches are overpaid, but it's a marketplace and I don't begrudge someone getting paid what their company is willing to pay them. But why should Mizzou pay him more? Only one other school wanted to hire him as its head coach two years ago. (Memphis). Has he been a serious HC candidate at any other school that wants to pay him more money? No. He's 11-13 overall, has done a really nice job turning this season around ... but why pay more when you don't have to? If they win again next year and show progress, he'll probably be in line for a raise. This isn't necessarily a Mizzou thing. Pinkel was in the top half of the SEC when he retired. The football team's staff pay ranks No. 21 nationally. That's plenty good. Cuonzo Martin is making $3 million a year, on average, on a 7-year deal that makes it virtually impossible for MU to fire him the first few seasons.
As I wrote in today's paper, they expect sales to be around 4,000 from the allotment of 8,000. Some fans might have bought tickets outside of MU's allotment.
Maybe, but hard to say. The entire dynamic of the rotation changed when he was lost. Does Barnett become an effective slasher/shooter if Porter is playing? Does Robertson get the looks he's getting if Porter is out there shooting 20 times a game? How would his presence impact Jontay's growth? Obviously they'd love to have a healthy Michael on the floor, but Cuonzo likes how this team has reinvented itself without him.
Yes. Charles Harris was a first-round pick seven months ago. Marcell Frazier led the SEC in tackles for loss this season. Next year's line will be loaded, especially at tackle.
They didn't view all 10 as equally important. Of the nine they didn't sign/haven't signed, they definitely would have loved to get Babb, Thompson, Perkins and Goodrich. They weren't wild about the rest. Craddieth doesn't even have an offer. Once they got some other commitments at safety they weren't interested.
Missouri is the better team right now, but you put two teams in that atmosphere and that environment, it'll come down to who manages game situations better more than pure talent. I like MU's chances. I haven't watched Illinois much, and any team coached by Underwood shouldn't be taken lightly, but the Illini have struggled to finish close games.
Depth will be a concern. Odom said yesterday that freshman additions will have a chance to play. If the season started now, Tre Williams and Chris Turner would be your starters most likely. Nate Anderson played some this year. The newcomers will get a chance to compete for jobs. With all those tackles Odom might have to be creative, use some more three-man looks with bigger bodies setting the edge.
Yes, I wrote about him yesterday. Lindsey Scott Jr. He redshirted at LSU in 2016 and transferred to junior college in August and led East Mississippi to the juco national title. He had offers from Ivy League schools and the service academies coming out of HS plus a few Power 5s. He's only 5-11. We'll see if he's a major priority.
Incomplete. Ask me after he hires someone to run his offense. He hired a veteran LB coach in Vernon Hargreaves and a young OL coach that comes with a good reputation.
Yes, they've won NCAA games in the past. That's a really good team that nobody will want to play.
Nope. I suspect some will be working on SEC Network calling games.
Thanks for the kind words. Harris' minutes have gradually gone up, but Martin believes Geist adds value to this team, too. I don't see Harris ever playing 30-plus minutes for this team this year. He's not enough of a shooting threat to handle the ball that much without having a reliable jumper. And Geist is too valuable as a defender to sit on the bench all night.
LeBron would break most players in half, not just Michael. If he's healthy he'll be drafted high because of his scoring ability and shooting stroke for a 6-10 player
I don't have the numbers in front of me but they fly everywhere.
He's 23 now. He has only played one year of college football at the junior college level.
He could. He's got a great shot and tons of athletic ability. It's hard to get drafted in the NBA. There's only two rounds and you've got a ton of foreign players part of the mix every year.
Smith plays on the scout team. He could have a shot to join the rotation next year but no guarantee. He's had trouble staying healthy.
OK, folks. That's all the time I have. Have a great holiday and we'll do this again before 2018.