I don't know who you're listening to, but who out there expects Mizzou to compete with Alabama for recruits and national championships? Again, try beating Kentucky first and consistently playing in decent bowl games. There's really only three SEC programs that we can say compete with Alabama for recruits and victories - Auburn, LSU and Georgia. And far more often than not, Alabama wins those competitions.
How is anyone supposed to know the answer to that? You have to hire the right coach first. Then you have to build up the resources. You need the fan support to give the coach the resources he needs to build.
I'd have to look that up. Curtis Luper and Brick Haley are both 53. David Gibbs is 51. Charlie Harbison is 61. So maybe it's not fair to say most of the hires have been on the younger side. DJ Smith, Erik Link, Casey Woods, Ryan Walters and Bush Hadman are all closer to Drinkwitz's age.
He was fired because he lost to a bunch of teams Mizzou was favored to beat. If he beats most of them and wins eight, nine games every year, he's not getting fired. He's getting a raise. He wasn't fired for losing to Georgia, LSU and Alabama.
A lot of grunt work. They do a lot of work with film/video, help plan and run practices, etc.
He has two years of eligibility. I don't recall if he has a redshirt year available. If he's not contributing at this point, I don't see much upside in keeping him on the team for another year and using up that scholarship. Martin said all along he didn't expect him to earn minutes until January. He could help this team on the defensive end but sounds like he's too much of a liability on offense.
A guy by the name of Cam Newton. That was a little unconventional because Newton was a junior college transfer who started his career at Florida. Luper was his primary recruiter on the Auburn staff. At TCU he recruited a lot of the talent that came to Fort Worth, including Ross Blacklock, a four-star D-lineman; running back Darius Anderson, who first committed to Mizzou; and four-star receiver Jalen Reagor.
It's definitely a trend. He's had trouble getting hot against better teams. Then again, all those games were away from home. I'd like to see how he does against better teams at home to balance out the data. I also think it's fair to separate the Illinois game from the others. It's just such an unusual circumstance, getting booed like that every time you touch the ball. Shooting requires so much concentration and balance and mechanics - and he just seemed off in that environment. I think it's fair to say the Illinois crowd had something to do with it.
Yes, he got a nice ovation.
He's got one assistant to hire. When you don't bring your full staff with you it takes a while to get done. Other staffs are coaching in bowl games. Arkansas isn't close to filling their staff either. Ole Miss is still hiring coaches. These things take time.
He's done a very good at SLU. I'm not sure he'd be having more success in a true high-major conference. The A-10 isn't on the same level as the SEC. Sure, the A-10 has a team or two every year that could probably beat anyone in the SEC, but not seven or eight that are going to make the NCAAs. Based on track record there's no reason to think he'd be better in the SEC than he was at Oklahoma State - and he finished better than fourth place just once in eight years in Stillwater. I thought he would have been a fine choice at Missouri back when MU was looking for a head coach. And I had sources close to Ford tell me he was interested in the job. I think both programs, SLU and Mizzou, have quality coaches right now.
He's a really good coach. He wasn't interested in the job at the time. Mack Rhoades really liked him for the Mizzou job - and obviously liked him for the Baylor job. I think it's fair to say he would have done a better job at Missouri than Odom seeing that he's done a much better job at Baylor than Odom did at MU - and inherited a much worse situation. I hope for the sake of college football that he doesn't jump to the NFL but I understand why pro teams would be interested.
This is standard. Andy Hill was Odom's associate head coach and Cornell Ford was assistant head coach. I believe Haley was senior associate head coach. More than anything, schools give coaches these titles to justify salary raises. The head coach can decide what the titles mean internally. If the head coach is out of town or pulled away from the team for whatever reason, the associate head coach could have authority while he's away.
Harrison Mevis already signed last month. He's expected to enroll for classes for the upcoming semester. He'll have a chance to be the starter in 2020.
I haven't heard anything on Rountree's plans. He has until Jan. 20 to enter the draft. Parker would be the best bet to start just based on experience. Drinkwitz might have a different vision of the tight end position, so it'll be interesting to see how and whom he uses there.
I know in the weeks leading up to the season there was still a bit of a language barrier with him. Not that he can't speak and understand English, but during the course of a game, coaches and teammates have to communicate quickly on the fly when making adjustments and assignments - and that was still a work in progress for him to pick up. It also sounds like he hasn't developed on the offensive end like the staff hoped or expected. It's not a matter or work ethic. Martin told me earlier in the fall that the guy never stops working. He just might be more raw than they projected when they signed him.
When Tilmon is healthy and playing close to his potential this is clearly a better team than the alternative. At this point you take what you can get from him. He wasn't close to 100 percent against Illinois and still made an impact. You can't tell me that some of Kofi's struggles weren't because of having to tangle with Tilmon at times inside. It was a physical matchup for both of them.
Nothing has been said publicly.
I thought he had resurfaced at a junior college or Division II team but Google isn't helping me remember.
I disagree. The biggest stories aren't necessarily the happiest ones but the stories that move the needle and generate interest. If we go by the number of readers those stories engaged, then the non-revenue athletes are nowhere near the top 10.
He missed out on a lot of high-profile recruits from around the state, but I thought his last two teams were more talented than the results showed. So I'm not sure I'd say recruiting was his undoing. You have to give Odom and his staff credit for recruiting and developing a handful of less celebrated players: Rountree, Badie, Bolton, Garrett, Whiteside, Gillespie, etc. Winning close games wasn't his strong suit. Neither was beating overmatched teams. I think a lot still comes down to staffing, especially at the offensive coordinator position. MU had an NFL starter at quarterback and still underachieved offensively in 2018. Then everything unraveled on that side of the ball this year.
OK, friends. We're out of questions and out of time. We'll do this again next week. I'll have coverage from Lexington on Saturday and a big SEC hoops preview in Friday's paper.