Arizona hasn't lost anyone except an assistant coach.
It's much closer to $5 million. There's a lot of convoluted language in these contracts and someone misread it initially and reported $15 million. I'm not convinced they'll fire him. They've been hit hard with injuries this year - and he helped himself with a comeback on the road this week. They'll get to four wins this week but would have to win two of three against LSU, Mississippi State and Missouri to reach six. That's a tall task.
Not really, but they don't like to share all their strategies, Heupel especially. Some of it, I suspect, is the fact that Heupel is coaching from the press box. The signals naturally take a few seconds longer to reach the players. But there have been times where they've let the play clock get into the low teens, which seems like a deliberate attempt to run some clock.
He said this week he's not sure yet on his rotation but earlier threw the number nine out there. Porter, Porter, Harris, Tilmon, Puryear, Barnett, Robertson, Phillips for sure. VanLeer played nine minutes against Kansas and it looked like he'll have a role as a shooter off the bench. I still think Geist can have a role off the bench at either guard spot. And I wouldn't be surprised to see Nikko get some minutes in the post when they go with a bigger lineup.
I don't think it's fair to heap all that pressure on the staff and players to save the university, but a strong season could definitely put the school in a much better light both nationally and locally. But it's not going to fix the other problems on campus and in the athletic department that leaders have been trying to address for more than a year.
I don't necessarily expect Missouri to beat Florida but I think it's very possible. Florida is a mess right now, the offense especially. They give up a lot of sacks. They commit a lot of penalties. They don't have electric playmakers. The defense is not at the elite level we've come to expect form Florida. That said, Missouri has not played anything close to a complete game against a Power Five team this year - and has only done it once in two years under Odom, last year's Vandy game. I said it on our podcast this week, but I can't remember getting to November and having no idea what to expect from a team. They have found an identity on offense - chuck it deep early then capitalize on coverage adjustments because of the deep-ball threat - but what if that doesn't work against UF? Then what Missouri team do we see?
Of course context is important, but when did Missouri become a program that can blow off a 7-5 record in the SEC - after nine wins combined the last two seasons - and not consider that progress? This is the nouveau riche mentality. A little success under a previous regime and now anything less than 10 wins should be considered a disappointment - even when you're talking about a program that makes less money and spends less money than every team in the division. Missouri is at a competitive disadvantage in this conference for many reasons, which is why it would be shortsighted to dismiss a winning record when programs like Florida and Tennessee can't do the same with much better resources and traditions - at least in terms of this scenario.
Maybe they will be fired up, but they still don't have their top two running backs, their top receiver or a very good quarterback. And the coach that Florida fans really don't like, OC Doug Nussmeier, is still calling the plays. So, the rah-rah fired-up stuff is great for kickoff, but how long does that last when you've still got the players from a team that could very well be 1-6?
Florida. But if Arkansas wins two of its next three AND has Austin Allen back healthy, that game could be a bigger challenge. But I think we're splitting hairs here. None of these teams are playing well right now.
5-7 is the gray area. I think context will be important, as always. Did MU get blown out in the two losses? Did they lose on fourth-down TD passes in three overtimes? Did the defense take a major step backward. It would be difficult to justify bringing him back with a 4-8 record. 5-7 is a little trickier.
Disagree. I moved Georgia to No. 1 in my SEC power poll. I think they're a more complete team than Bama right now. They've been tested by a tougher schedule and have more impressive wins. And I think UGA has a more balanced offense. If UGA has one loss and it's a close loss to Bama in the SEC title game, no way they get left out of the playoff over a one-loss team from the ACC or Big Ten or Big 12. UGA will have wins over Auburn, Notre Dame, Mississippi State and a close loss to the No. 1 ranked team. Oklahoma is the only team that can have a profile that good among other contenders, in my opinion. Maybe Notre Dame.
Lots of factors at play, but ultimately Sterk has to ask himself: Is Odom the right person to lead this team back to competing for championships in the SEC? You need fans to have the revenue to fund your program, so attendance is a factor. You need a track record to convince you that he can do the job, so the W-L is a factor. You need players to win games, so recruiting and player development is important. If you're Sterk - or any competent AD - you don't just commit your decision to one number or one outcome of one game.You take everything into consideration.
He can play the 3, 4 or 5 but I think you'll mostly see him as a stretch 4 or 5, a big man who plays facing the basket.
If the offense stays hot and the staff returns maybe he gets a raise, but it's not like he's underpaid at $700K. If he has a HC offer or a better OC offer, then maybe you consider a raise if that gets him to stay. I would think he'll want to stay for one more year with Lock, but if he gets a HC offer and that's what he wants to do, he might not be able to pass that up. I'm making a lot o assumptions here, but some is just common sense.
I don't take all their temperatures. I'm sure there are some who are convinced he's not the guy for the job. I know there are others who really like Odom and want to see him get every chance to build his program here. Reasonable people see what's on the table this month and would be thrilled with a strong finish.
I would not expect to see a full football stadium any time soon. The homecoming crowd was MU's smallest since 1996. They might hit 50,000 on Saturday but I doubt much more. Basketball season tickets are nearly sold out.
I don't believe Miles would be a good fit for this job or any other Power Five job that will require some heavy lifting. I'm not throwing out names. If you have someone in mind I'd be happy to share thoughts.
If you get to the game during warmups its mostly modern hip hop music being played. But, yes, I agree, The stadium jukebox needs an updated playlist.
Snyder use to rely heavily on junior college transfers, sometimes more than any other program. He's just a really good coach that knows what kind of player he wants to run his systems and they do a great job of identifying talent and developing it over time.