I don't have the contract at my fingertips, but it's a lot.
I would be surprised if Odom is back if Mizzou finishes 5-7. It would be hard for Sterk to make a case the program is trending in the right direction if this team can't make a bowl.
He can be a versatile guard who can play any one of three positions on the perimeter. He'll be able to handle the ball some and defend the point guard position. We'll see how much his shot has improved. He struggled from 3 as a freshman. His offense is a bit of a mystery, but he'll figure into the rotation and could start. Mizzou has kept the two Smiths involved in practice as if they're going to play this year just in case one of them was cleared, so it's not like he'll have to catch up with the other returning players.
Yes, I do. Was he a great fit coaching quarterbacks? Probably not, but I didn't hear any complaints in 2013. Did he forget everything he learned and taught the next season? The offense was a mess in 2014-2015, but I'd put that more on the erratic QB who eventually lost his job midway through 2015. Once Mauk was gone, Lock was going to struggle for any coach as a freshman. Moore was much better as a senior than he was as a junior working with Hill. He had some drops. He still has some drops. Does that mean the Packers receivers coach is terrible, too?
Maybe, but he's not changing his defensive coordinator. Odom is tied to Walters. He's his protege. They might want to change things up with special teams. But I don't see any other clear weak spots on this staff.
No. There's a deadline for underclassmen to decide if they stay in the draft regardless if they hire an agent.
I'm not sure how safe Derek Mason would be if Vandy finishes 4-8.
Gary Pinkel called these things the keys to winning: penalties, turnovers, special teams. When you don't have elite depth or talent you have to be the most disciplined team and you can't lose the game of hidden yardage. That's been missing from Odom's teams - and it's a trend. The costly penalties, the turnovers, the untimely special teams play. That's a fair criticism. Special teams have to be in Missouri's favor every week in the SEC - because other teams are going to have more depth and talent on offense and defense. Mizzou doesn't have the same margin for error as teams like Georgia and Alabama. This team, as it's constructed now, has to be better in those discipline areas.
I would be surprised if Porter plays another game in college. He's got enough time to recover from knee surgery and prepare for the NBA draft in 2019. It doesn't make much financial sense for him to play for free for another year and push back his window to earn money - and further risk suffering another injury while playing for free. I'm not sure any decisions have been made yet - and they don't have to make any decisions in November - but hopefully I can have some clear answers soon.
Fair points, but one big correction: This is Stoops' sixth season. He inherited a program with less recent history, but he also started with three straight losing seasons and was given more resources, more facilities and more time to build what's now a top 10 team. That's the point Odom tried to make last week about Kentucky's patience and investment in its football program.
Rarely is a coach surrounded by hot-seat talk and it escapes him forever. Should this team win seven games and the staff stays intact, I suspect the same concerns and complaints resurface if the team struggles early next year. But that's sort of the nature of college football these days until you win 10 games and get over that proverbial hump with a breakthrough season that gets the fans bought in.
I disagree. That 2014 team was third in the SEC in turnover margin, was disruptive on defense and controlled low-scoring games with its strong defensive line. It wasn't flashy on offense but that team had players who could make plays in the clutch. Bud Sasser, Marcus Murphy even Maty Mauk at times. The numbers were rarely pretty, but that team didn't hurt itself with a lot of mistakes.
I get asked that a lot. I've talked to Pinkel about that some, too. I prefer the 2007 offense with Daniel, Maclin, Alexander, Rucker, Coffman and Temple. At the same time, the 2013 defense was loaded up front. Ray, Golden, Ealy, Sam. High scoring game, and I'd trust Daniel and his weapons to make a few more plays.
But the follow-up is which coach out there is going to get people to buy season tickets? I don't see Mizzou being in position to hire anyone who will immediately ignite season ticket sales. We can point to the uptick in hoops season tickets, but that was because of the Porters, not because Sterk hired Martin. Take the Porters out of the equation and Martin's initial reception was luke-warm from the fans. I imagine MU would have sold more tickets, but not sold out based solely on the hire.
They're going to need Puryear to contribute inside. Same for Mitchell Smith and, once he's healthy, KJ Santos. The guards will have to rebound, too.
The late calls that didn't go in Mizzou's favor were bad calls. Yes, I will agree with that. At the same time, Mizzou probably could have been called for holding on Josh Allen several times in that game. Kentucky was frustrated he didn't get those calls. Also, Terez Hall should have absolutely been called for targeting on a helmet-to-helmet hit on the UK quarterback on a third-and-2 run near the goal line. It was more egregious than his targeting hit at Alabama. So, not EVERY call went against Missouri.
He mentioned that as a factor, yes. I suspect they would have ran the ball in hindsight. But at the same time, if Johnson runs the right route or Lock tucks the ball and dives forward for six feet, it's probably a moot point. Either way, anything other than an incomplete pass or a short pass out of bounds would have kept the clock moving and forced UK to call a timeout.
I'd be surprised if he gets a look as a head coach anytime soon, especially in this league.
I'm not sure I'd count on a punt winning the game. Did you see how they covered the previous punt?
Folks, I could't get to every question, but I've run out of time. We'll do this again next week. Thanks