OK, folks. I'm here in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena where the SEC tournament was just shut down. I can't predict what will happen next. I might have to cut the chat short to go and do some further reporting. Mizzou is at its team hotel. They're just getting the news that the tournament is over, which means their season is essentially over. I'll take questions here for now.
Not much. I've seen about two hours of practice before they shuffle the media away during 11-on-11 drills. Practice is practice. Same sport, similar drills. There's no public depth chart, which is different from the past. Quarterbacks aren't available for interviews, which is different. Postgame interviews with the head coach are a little different. Drinkwitz doesn't waste a lot of words. Certain topics he doesn't discuss when asked. Post-practice interviews have been a little awkward, maybe even a little tense. Maybe that changes over time.
As for practice access, it's been condensed since last year. Last season Odom allowed media to watch every period during practice and all players were available for interviews. Drinkwitz has gone back to what it was like in prior years under Odom: Media can watch about 45 minutes to an hour of practice, leave for about an hour then return and interview a select collection of players. It won't change how we cover the team by any means.
I'll wrap up the chat and get some writing done then head home. And wash my hands 47 times along the way.
The league hasn't announced anything that drastic. Stay tuned for updates.
I have heard and seen a video. It's a bad look. I feel bad for Parker most of all because he's never publicly complained about his role or his minutes and is by all accounts a classy guy.
I would think they'll include one in the preseason media notes at SEC media days in July, but that's no guarantee.
Missouri didn't lose Hill to the Chiefs, per se. He was not retained by Drinkwitz and was not going to have any coaching role at Missouri going forward. Personally, I think it's unfortunate that MU couldn't find a job for him on the staff, but a new head coach should have the discretion to shape his staff with the people he wants working for him.
There's one available scholarship. Reed Nikko's spot was filled by incoming freshman Jordan Wilmore. McKinney's departure created another open scholarship.
The SEC has just suspended all regular-season athletic events for all teams through March 30. That includes SEC championship events.
I thought the more he played after the injury he did more to attack the basket and be less of a spot-up shooter. He had at least three shots at the rim in the Alabama game. I think he can continue to develop his game.
Mizzou will have at least 10 baseball and softball games suspended over the next 18 days with the SEC's ruling. Gymnastics has a meet at Georgia suspended and the SEC championships.
The SEC has not cancelled all the games, just suspended the next 18 days of games on SEC campuses.
I don't have any updates. That hasn't exactly been on my radar the last few days. What's been reported is that it's a guaranteed contract for the rest of this season - which is currently suspended - with a team option for next year. Even if this season resumes he won't play this year but will have a chance to make next year's roster.
He runs around a lot more and yells a lot. But Odom did that too at times. There's a lot of energy at practice - but I never thought Odom's practices lacked energy
Just touched on this earlier. With Jordan Wilmore signed, there's currently one more open scholarship for next year.
There's no clarity to that question right now. That's a hypothetical that no one can answer yet yet.
That's going to be it for the chat today. Apologies for cutting it short, but there's a lot going on in Nashville right now. Stay tuned for more coverage.