As I wrote last week, AD Jim Sterk said MU is leaning toward keeping the football benches on the same sides until the south end zone facility is complete in 2019. They wanted to have a decision made on that by this time.
Here's the crucial diference between 2017-18 Mizzou and 2015-16 LSU and 2016-17 Washington: There's a first-year coach in place who's brought energy and will demand results, like any first-year coach will. Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz joined coaches who were trending downward at their respective schools. Johnny Jones and Lorenzo Romar have a reputation for underachieving with heralded recruits. I wouldn't say Cuonzo Martin has a sterling reputation in terms of getting the most out of his talent, but his most talented team at Tennessee reached the Sweet 16 and his most talented team at Cal earned a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tourney.
I'm hoping to spend some time with the new strength coach and other assistants on the staff to get some updates on the returning players. Still efforting those efforts. Stay tuned. Mizzou coaches doing lots of radio interviews lately but not so much with the writers.
The analysis for that pick doesn't even mention anything about Frazier. My guess is the author thought, "Mizzou produces a lot of D-linemen. Let's see who leads them in sacks coming into this year. Oh, this guy. OK. Let's make him a first-rounder." Maybe it's a more scientific approach.
Possibly. That was three years ago, though. At some point, you have to work out a 10-game schedule, and if you have one matchup that's a repeat of something from three years ago, so be it.
Yes, same point on Oklahoma State. But I'd rather cover Mizzou K-State than Mizzou-Texas Tech or Mizzou-TCU.
He believes that the way the administration handled the investigation needlessly pitted one side of the team against another. The way the players were interviewed during the loooooong process forced players to choose sides, in Ehren's opinion. And once those sides were chosen and Ehren was retained, he believes it was too late to keep them from transferring. Obviously his viewpoint is different than others, but that's what he believes. I commend him for being honest about his opinions.
I haven't seen enough of him to really draw any comparisons.
I covered every practice that we were allowed to cover other than the first one when I was covering SEC hoops tourney, and I can't say I got that vibe from the players. Maybe because we were only allowed to interview a smaller selection of guys this spring, but I didn't get the sense the chemistry was better or any different than last year or the year before. No team in the history of college football ever admits that its team chemistry is worse than the previous year. Everything is always better the next year, no matter if the team is coming off a winless season or the national title.
If anything, it was clear that the D-linemen like their new position coach, Brick Haley, more than last year's coach, one-and-done Jackie Shipp. So, if you're specifically asking about that position group, then yes, you could sense they were excited about the change.
Yes, and that's why Mizzou said no thanks.
That's the rule, but I'm not sure how old he is. If he's an old junior, it might not be an issue. ... A little research tells me Jontay's birthday is Nov. 15, 1999, which means he does't turn 18 until this fall - and wouldn't turn 19 until the fall of 2018, after the 2018 NBA draft.
There will be one one-and-done on the 2017-18 roster. Who is the second? Tilmon? Don't think so.
We've gone overtime. I'll hit on just a few more questions ...
The Columbia Tribune talked to Sterk last night and he said Shannon Welker has not been investigated by the administration and indicated that he's not in any trouble. I've been told the same by university sources. I commended the KOMU reporters for the initial report, but it was pretty one-sided and it seemed to miss the point that a couple of the gymnasts making the most noise were walk-ons - and walk-ons live by different standards on most teams.
If Underwood would have been willing to hire Porter Sr., then yes, Porter Jr. would still be a Tiger.
Martin has more of a proven track record as a recruiter; Underwood's teams have had better success on the floor, albeit most of that at a mid-major. I think both schools made really good hires.
Oregeron coaches a different way now than he did at Ole Miss, where he was, by his own admission, a taskmaster and didn't delegate to his staff. I'm not convinced he'll lead LSU to championships, but he'll continue to bring in lots of talent. As long as he's got elite coordinators - and he's got two very good ones - then I think he'll win there. I wouldn't say any SEC coach has a real hot seat. Mason and Stoops made bowl games last year. Smart, Odom and Muschamp are just in year two. Maybe Bielema. The Hogs keep looking like a team ready to make a move into being more nationally relevant but then fall short. Then obviously Hugh Freeze. His team spiraled last season and he's got the NCAA investigation hanging over his program.
I think that would be the most logical way to divide the league. I think you'd adjust the balance of power in the league also. Two annual powers in the West (LSU, Oklahoma) and two in the East (Bama and take your pick between Auburn, Georgia, Florida). I'd be OK with that setup. Mizzou's travel budget would be more than OK with it.
The school is bound to the player for one academic year when he/she signs a national letter of intent, but your larger point is correct. Kids are misguided by the NLI. The NLI program certainly has its drawbacks.
OK, folks, that's all the time I have this week. We'll do this again next Thursday. Have a great weekend.