Probably. I think it's reasonable to expect him to get three years. And if year three ends with a bowl game, then he's probably safe for a fourth year. But like we learned with Kim Anderson's fate, other factors are at play, too. Losses to bad nonconference teams are more costly than losses to quality SEC teams. Attendance and revenue are crucial factors, too.
He's not installing a 3-4. Repeat: He's not installing a 3-4. The base will be a 4-3. They'll have a three-man front package, like they did the last two years under Odom, with three true D-linemen with their hand on the ground. They'll sometimes back one D-end into the flat as an outside linebaker or standup pass-rusher. More than anything this year I think you'll see more nickel and dime sub packages and fewer downs with three pure linebackers on the field. Kaleb Prewett is currently working as the No. 1 nickel. He's a bigger safety but he's working down alongside the linebackers in that inside hybrid role that covers slot receivers, rushes the pocket off the edge and plays the run as a third LB. But Odom has said the base 4-3 package will essentially stay the same.
Roberts is listed at 6-2, which makes him three inches taller than Phillips. Roberts shoots a lot, more than Phillips shot in high school. My guess is he's more of a 2 with the ability to run the point.
I would say it's probably a combination of the two scenarios you said. The coach describes his vision for the player and if it's someone they don't believe fits into the plans, they'll be honest about that. There's no reason to keep a guy on the team the new coach doesn't believe we'll fit in the right way. It's a disservice to the team and to the player. I think most players usually have a good sense of these things. And sometimes they might fit into the new coach's plans, but they're just not happy in the town or on the campus.
It's not about who gets offered but who accepts the offer. Missouri would definitely take Knox and Harris. Otherwise they wouldn't have them visiting this weekend. It's safe to say they would take Mark Smith and Tilmon. That's four for three spots, which would require another current player to leave. That's also the best-case scenario, so it might never reach that point where Martin needs more turnover.
I've been to most of the practices. We're prohibited from writing about details of practice unless it's something the coaches discuss, which makes it difficult to really chronicle what's happening on the field. We also can't watch the scrimmages, so it's hard to get a real sense of how things are developing. I'll say this much about the defense: You're going to see a variety of looks out of the back end in terms of personnel and packages. And you're definitely going to see different combinations of players up front. I've been impressed with Rashad Brandon, the juco D-tackle. He'll play, maybe start.
Good question. No one that really stands out who they have a strong chance to add.
247Sports has this handy online class calculator tool that allows you to plug any recruit into any team's current class and see where the team ranking would sit with the rest of the country. If you add Knox, Tilmon and Harris to a class with Porter and Roberts, MU's point total would be 69.2. That would rank No. 2 nationally behind only Kentucky. UK already has five 5-star recruits enrolled, signed or committed.
I don't think Missouri has any shot at another McDAA other than Knox.
Basketball. Multisport athletes always go on scholarship with the team that has more scholarships. Basketball has 13. Baseball has 11.7.
I agree. The series needed some juice to be considered a rivalry again.
I haven't heard of anyone who's seriously considering leaving, but I hadn't heard Walton's name before Tuesday. Put it this way. Not much would shock me. I wouldn't expect the three core producers to leave: Phillips, Puryear and Barnett.
Are we talking hoops? Well, Illinois has been to that Final Four thing. It's been to 11 NCAA tourneys since 2000 and won the Big Ten four times since 2000. Mizzou's been to nine NCAA tourneys over the same span but hasn't won a regular-season conference title since 1994. Illinois has had more relative national success and has more fan support in recent years, but when Mizzou's program is relative and competitive, the two programs are comparable in most ways.
You mean like some MU fans treated Jafar Armstrong when he flipped his football pledge to Notre Dame? Every program has imbecile fans, and social media is just the magnifying glass that lets us see them and their ugliness up close.
I traded messages with Walton and he spoke to the Columbia Tribune and made it clear this was his choice. He had nothing but good things to say about Mizzou and Martin. I think he was just ready for a change of scenery and a reset button. Let's face it, he's a wing player who doesn't shoot well. Missouri is adding the best wing player in the country and he's a good shooter. Not hard to figure out why Walton was looking around. As for Hughes, he essentially quit the team in January, so no surprise he wanted out for good.
Nobody really knows right now, and that includes Martin. We'll see what happens.
Doubtful. Great program, so he'd be smart to consider Arizona no matter if they hired Romar, but the Porter family is extremely close. If mom and dad and the younger kids are in Columbia, I would think he'd prefer to be with them, not Romar in the desert.
If Martin turns things around to the point where he's attracting jobs better than Tulsa or Pitt State, then Missouri fans should be happy - because that means he did a good job with the program. If Missouri wants to keep him because he's done a great job building the program and achieving postseason success, then they can always sweeten his deal so he stays. The one fear would be if Purdue, his alma mater, becomes available, but I'm not sure he'd want to replace his close friend.
He's not transferring. He's either entering the NBA draft or playing one more year and turning pro. I don't see him sitting out a full season after transferring then playing another college year.