I don't believe there was a single incident that triggered the injury. He's had minor back problems in the past, which is not unusual for a 6-10 player.
I do. Can't speak for others.
No, not locked up by any means. They have shown the most interest in Missouri. MU would be very happy with that bowl. But the league ultimately decides. If the league maps out the pool of six bowls and having Missouri in Houston or Jacksonville is a better overall fit for the SEC bowl picture, then they'll ship the Tigers to Houston or Jacksonville. If it were just up to Mizzou and the Liberty, I think that would be the match. But in this case it doesn't work that way.
Not so much, but that rant wasn't for the players. It was for the public. It was for the fans calling his team garbage an calling for him to get fired. He was sending a message that believed he was the right person for the job and the job was harder than people might have perceived. I think it's being brought up a lot now - by yours truly included - because it makes for a great story. Coach makes impassioned plea to keep his job because he believes he's the guy best suited to fix the problems - and then sooner than anyone expected, he seemingly fixes the problems. Like Odom said Saturday, the players see that side of him all the time behind closed doors.
Biggest mistake in 20 years? Whoa, that's a bold statement. Here's what happened: Mack Rhoades wanted Odom to delegate and run the program like Pinkel, as the CEO, not a micromanager. Odom agreed to hire a DC and let him run the show on defense. But he soon learned he didn't like the DC's style and neither did the players. He felt he had to step in and take over last season - and then Cross didn't get another job in the offseason but Odom figured he had the problem solved when the Tigers won two out of three games at the end of the system. But it didn't repair the dynamics of having a DC on staff who wasn't coordinating anything. In hindsight, I'm sure Odom wished he would have made the change during the offseason last year rather than let it spill over into the season.
As I wrote today, the Cardinals are involved in the discussions to host a game or maybe more at Busch Stadium. The series is too far out for the schools or the sports commission to have any sense of how the dome will hold up. Essentially it sounds like a non-starter with the dome for games that won't kick off for nine, 10, 11 and 12 years.
That doesn't always happen though. MU had some coaches and players at one Cotton Bowl practice back in 2007, but it was more of a PR stunt. They didn't really get to recruit those kids. They can't have the players at the actual bowl game. The MU coaches don't leave their own practices or the team hotel and recruit players.
We reported more than any other outlet yesterday in terms of Porter and his mother being on a flight to Texas for his doctor's appointment. We report what we can by our standards. What people have to realize is this is not just a mystery for the media or the public. To some degree it's a mystery for the team. They are waiting for answers just like everyone outside of the program.
The plan was to pound the post inside. Martin thought that strategy made some of the shooters reluctant to take open shots. I also think some of the young bigs are sometimes too cautious about picking up fouls. They're still learning the game's physicality and how contact is officiated.
I believe saying the situation is day to day is essentially the same as saying they don't know a specific timetable. Martin has repeatedly said he hopes to know more soon but that he doesn't truly know when he'll be back. From everything I've gathered the last 48 hours that's an accurate statement.
If Missouri wants to add Ramey they'll find room. A broken wrist won't impact his recruitment. He'll still be able to play next year as a freshman.
AJ Ofodile, MU's recruiting director, discovered him and Cornell Ford recruited him. He didn't have much interest from Power 5 schools. All those ACC programs in his own backyard didn't show interest. Ford did a great job selling the offense and selling the SEC to the family.
Missouri has not announced attendance figures for the last two home games. The lower bowl was full. Some sections in the upper bowl were about half full. I'd venture to say about 8,000 were there. No students. They're on thanksgiving break. MU shot really poorly from 3 and struggled at the foul line.
He'll be challenged by more athletic bigs, but he's done a great job of making the most of his touches in the paint and playing solid post defense.
It was more comfortable for him to lay down with ice on his back/hip/leg than sit on the bench.
Taylor Powell was a late pickup for Mizzou, had been committed to Wake Forest. Three-star recruit. I wouldn't say he was thought to be the heir apparent, but he should get a chance to win the job, whether it's in 2018 or 2019.
Kelly calls his own plays to my knowledge. I don't see Heupel leaving this situation to be an OC in title only. He's got a pretty good setup at Missouri,where he's essentially the head coach of the offense and has complete autonomy on that side of the ball. If a defensive-minded head coach gets a P5 job elsewhere, maybe Heupel becomes an attractive candidate to be the OC, but I don't see him joining an offensive-minded head coach at another program.
There would be some value in a move like that, but I don't believe that's how Odom wants to run things. At this point, he can tell Sterk, "I've proven what I'm doing works this way, so I don't need to hand the reins to someone else." I would suspect he promotes Ryan Walters to the DC and maybe puts more on his plate, and more on his pay stub, but continues to call the defense on Saturdays.
I wouldn't measure Wilson on what he's done in garbage time. He's not playing with MU's best linemen or receivers or backs when he's in the game. And he's also looked like a damn fast runner on his two touchdown runs. The coaches would love to have Lock back next year, but it's not like he signed a lifetime contract to play for the Tigers. They're paid a lot of money to recruit and develop other players at the position.