I've talked to Cuonzo a few times lately but haven't discussed the Liberty series. From what I understand he knows the coach there, Ritchie McKay, and doesn't have a problem playing the school despite some of the well documented issues that have come out of that university and its leadership.
I don't think you'll see much tailgating around the country this year. Maybe some limited areas that are spaced out, but if there's college football in 2020 it's going to look much different from everyone's perspective.
Where was all the talk about all the five-stars. He signed two, who happened to be brothers, whose father had to be hired first, and who grew up in Columbia. Martin landed two five stars at Cal, but otherwise, he's not the kind of coach who chases the starpower or builds rosters with those kind of players. He's got plenty of rope because of the way his contract is structured and because of the financial situation Mizzou faces for the foreseeable future.
They have a few similarities, but Drinkwitz had much more success as a head coach (11 wins at App State) albeit at a program that was already up and running at a high level when he got here. Morris was 14-22 in three seasons as a head coach before going to Arkansas. Based on his track record as a head coach, I'd say he was hardly a can't-miss hire at Arkansas.
Mizzou is right around 20 now give or take a few spots. I think it's realistically to expect somewhere in the 30s unless they finish the class with several four-stars, and I'm not sure how realistic that is. Right now, the ranking is built on the class' quantity more than quality. Not to say this can't be a class of some great players, but only five Power 5 teams have more commitments. That explains the top 20 ranking more than anything. Once other schools get to the 25-player maximum, you'll see Mizzou's class likely slip some. Consider the programs currently ranked behind Mizzou that will almost certainly move ahead: Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Florida State, Penn State, South Carolina, Auburn, Mississippi State.
Possibly. The schools know each other well. I don't think it would ever become an annual game.
On second thought. I've got a couple more minutes here.
I don't think it's about coaching style. For one, Martin doesn't target or evaluate or emphasize some recruits the same way that fans might emphasize them or the recruiting sites. No doubt he's missed on some important local targets, but I don't think there's one consistent reason for that. I think if you step back and look at the programs these players are choosing over Mizzou, you've got an MU program that hasn't won an NCAA tourney game in a decade and has had just one above average season in the last seven years - and that one season was Martin's first. It's harder to build excitement and momentum on the recruiting trail when you're struggling to build those things on the court. At some point your sales pitch becomes your track record.
OK, now I'm out of time. We'll see you next week. Starting in Saturday's paper we'll have one Mizzou football story every day up until the start of preseason camp on Aug. 7, assuming there will be a preseason camp.