He definitely put his name and reputation on the line by making that statement. Those who know him better than me insist that Martin is as clean as it gets in college hoops. It's part of the reason he was hired at Tennessee, to clean up after Bruce Pearl was fired amidst NCAA allegations. I know Illinois fans and some writers believe Martin played dirty when Mizzou lured Tilmon away from Illinois, but I've yet to hear or read anything credible other than sour grapes.
From what I understand, Odom changed the reads from what Cross taught and made things simpler for the linebackers to play faster and more instinctively. Tackling was better against Auburn, but the defense still got exposed for not being very fast or physical compared to Auburn.
I think those are the big ones. He'll pay attention to recruiting, but it's more about Odom's fitness for the job and his ability to put players in position to win games. Losing games by 18, 33 and 37 points shouldn't inspire much confidence - but there are eight games left to flip that trend.
Ultimately I'm not making any hires, but theoretically, if you put Mike Leach in charge of LSU's program for three years and Les Miles in charge of Washington State, which program would win more games? I'd vote LSU, no doubt. And I'd guess Leach would have more success than Miles at either school.
It's always a combination and never just one factor. There are weeks when MU looks poorly coached. Penalties, consistent breakdowns. Other times there appears to be a lack of leadership. No intensity, no focus. Other times, it's all about the lack of speed and athleticism (on defense). Ultimately coaching is putting your best players in the best position to make winning plays, so it's all tied together.
Idaho had a breakthrough year last season and has a solid quarterback in Matt Linehan, but the Vandals haven't looked good this year. 28-point loss to UNLV, nine-point loss to a credible Western Michigan team. Like I said earlier, there are no gimmes on Mizzou's schedule when the Tigers play as badly as they have, but I wouldn't put Idaho on Troy's level.
Yes, there will be two events in St. Louis: Nov. 13 at Left Bank Books and Dec. 7 (still tentative) at the Ladue Barnes & Noble. I'll be with Gary at the second one but not the first. Mizzou hoops has a game on Nov. 13.
I've heard things but nothing credible enough to publish or share here. He screwed up then made his situation worse.
Ultimately, though, the HC is responsible. He hired Heupel and gave the green light to this offense. It's been Barry's defense for three years outside of the first seven games of 2016. When the team is barely competitive in home games against Purdue and South Carolina, it's hard to absolve the head coach.
Not sure. I haven't studied all the particulars in that case very much. UNC really doubled down on its defense against the NCAA, and the NCAA doesn't like to be told its wrong. I can't imagine Roy will absorb much punishment.
Odom hasn't been required to kick the players off the team that he's kicked off. In fact, I've heard from a lot of fans who wished he wouldn't have. They've also lost some guys that were recruited by this staff: Mason and Clark.
I asked him if Mizzou's compliance department has looked into the current players to make sure they don't have any ties to the FBI case and he said, "I am compliance," as in, "I am the compliance department."
He's been considered one of the country's great ADs and has done a helluva job building that program. Did he put too much faith in Pitino? I would think the university leadership would have to cut ties with him, but maybe he has enough booster support to survive.
I wouldn't compare Pinkel and Mizzou to Leach and WSU that closely. Pullman is nowheresville, a really difficult place to lure recruits. Plus you have a superpower program in the state that's won national championships. Missouri doesn't have that kind of in-state competition. So, I guess my point is I think Leach could have success at a place like Missouri based on better resources and location.
Perhaps. Teams have been loading the box on Missouri at times and daring Heupel to call more passes. When you've got one on one coverage outside it's hard to resist, especially if your line is struggling to block up front, which was the case against Purdue.
OK, folks. Good chat today. I'll be on the road this weekend to Lexington. If you can't enjoy the game I hope you at least enjoy the coverage. Thanks for taking part today.