Mizzou chat with Dave Matter

Mizzou chat with Dave Matter

Bring your Tigers basketball, football and recruiting questions, and talk to Mizzou beat writer Dave Matter in a live chat starting at 11 a.m. Thursday.

    Wow, big question. Not sure there's enough time to properly answer. There will be books written about this purely from the sports angle. If there's no 2020 college sports season, here's how I'd answer these in short:
    1. Salaries will see a huge dip. College scholarships will vanish for most of the non-revenue sports. 
    2. We'll see less lavish spending on facilities. Rich donors may not be as rich given the economic impact. 
    3. Fans are dying for sports - but might not be able to afford to attend games in person until the economy recovers.
    4. People are still watching TV, maybe more than ever. 
    5. Athletics departments are going to have to slash jobs. You can't have 17 graphic designers and athletic trainers and equipment managers and recruiting analysts, etc. We're talking bare bones operations. 
    Dave, I read recently that Mizzou has agreed to play a 2 for 1 series versus Liberty in Men’s Basketball. I feel like that announcement went a little under the radar, but given Liberty’s (for lack of better terms) suspect history I could see why Mizzou wouldn’t want that to be a big announcement. Could the scheduling of Liberty backfire on Mizzou in any way, especially considering the university’s past?
    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.
    Interesting to see what kind of feedback comes from the NASCAR All-Star race Wednesday night. 20-30,000 attendees in a place that can seat upwards of 140,000. At that rate Mizzou would only have about 12,000 in attendance. I wonder if MU already has plans to eliminate their tailgating areas.
    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.
  • When CM took over the BB program, the talk was about all the 5 star recruits he was going to bring to MU. Now they are thrilled to sign a 3 star recruit. How much rope does he have left if the program has another mediocre season?
  • 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.
    Dave, love the name btw. Anyhow, I live down in southern Missouri and I have a few friends that are Arkansas fans or alumni. So far I’ve been excited by HC Drinkwitz’s work so far, but my friends who are Arkansas fans have said to stay weary. Their reasoning is that it could become, for the worse, a Chad Morris situation and I’d have to admit the 2 coaches have had similar starts to their careers. Both ran high powered pass first offenses at a previous non p5 school, both found success at said schools, both were fairly young when signed as head coaches with only a few years of head coaching experience, both got off to hot starts recruiting at their new head coaching positions. The comparisons could go on, but I guess what I’m trying to get at is even though Drink has done a phenomenal job so far that fans might want to take a step back before he coaches a game as it could turn into a Chad Morris situation. There were other factors for Morris’s firing, but the comparisons are uncanny admittedly. At the very least, it feels good that Drink has given this fan base some hope.
    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.
    Dave, where do you see Mizzou ending in CFB recruiting rankings this year when it’s all said in done? I’ve got them potentially in top 25, which would be their highest in while.
    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.
    I’ve heard rumors that Mizzou is in talks with Xavier in College hoops for another home and home series. To your knowledge is there any truth to this, and if so could this become a game that Mizzou plays every few years?
    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 really liked the hire at the time. I thought he would be the man to lock down St. Louis basketball recruiting for Missouri. I really like his coaching style and believe he has helped many of his players improve. Why is he having so much trouble with recruiting not only in St. Louis but overall. It seems many of these young men didn’t like his coaching style.
  • 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.
  • You mentioned recruiting will be affected and players granted an extra year of eligibility if season is canceled. How would the NCAA handle the need for expanded scholarships? If the NCAA granted the expansion do you think the schools would be willing decrease the roster once it was expanded
    I'm not sure what the NCAA would do. If there's no football season this fall then schools aren't going to have the money to suddenly pay for the scholarships it would take to have 100 per team instead of 85. It's going to be a huge puzzle to solve, first on the NCAA's part and then for each individual program moving forward.
    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.
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