His name just hasn't gotten any traction in this search. He's got a pretty good job at Cincinnati right now - and coaches with good jobs aren't always in a hurry to jump at the first Power Five job that comes open. He can afford to stay at a solid program, keep wining 9-10 games a year and have his pick when a better job comes open. What about Michigan State? What if James Franklin leaves for another job and creates an opening at Penn State?
Guys, sometimes players don't play well. Either they weren't as good as we thought our they're not meshing or just not executing the plan the coaches put before them. Or it's not a good plan in the first place. Why do we always have to jump to conspiracy theories about some kind of secret internal problem that's causing jump shots to miss the hoop?
I don't think there's a certain age that works best. But whether you're 30 or 60 you better have the right staff around you. Your staff better be on the same page. You better have discipline and structure and standards. Old coaches can win big. Young coaches can win big.
I understood where he was coming from but also expected that message to fall flat, which it did. Larry Smith and, more so, Gary Pinkel raised the standard at Missouri that made it so coaches like Barry Odom should stop using the wretched past as an excuse for failure. Yes, past coaches struggled at Missouri. But when Larry found a way to win and Gary did it for a decade-plus, the bar was raised for their successors and it was time to stop making comparisons to the Woody and Stull years. Stull, Smith and Pinkel inherited worse rosters and bigger challenges they had to overcome. Also, none of them had a $100 million facility opened in their fourth season on the job.
Odom mentioned injuries a few times for Rountree but he was available in every game. He stopped talking to the media after the Vandy game, so I can't speculate on what was wrong with him. All I know is Missouri's running game averaged an SEC-low 3.8 yards per carry. A lot of that falls on the offensive line, but the backs shouldn't be free from criticism.
I don't know one way or another. If he's still in the mix both sides of are sealed shut. I haven't been told he's out.
I don't know if they're an exaggeration but it's misguided.
Mack Rhoades wanted Andy Hill to stay on staff no matter who the next coach would be. But I never sensed Odom disagreed with that. He was allowed to hire whom he wanted as far as I know. He wanted Josh Heupel. He might not have landed every coach he wanted, but I never suspected the AD was running interference on his hires. Dooley wasn't his first choice but he was absolutely his choice. Odom bristled at the outside criticism of that hire at the time. Trust me.
I don't think you can justify firing Barry Odom and hiring someone who's only been a defensive coordinator - whose Oklahoma defense has fallen back to earth lately - and who doesn't have head-coaching experience. It doesn't make sense. And if Grinch hadn't coached at Mizzou and wasn't Gary Pinkel's nephew, would anyone be asking about him and the MU job? I like Alex. I've gotten to know his parents, who both live in Columbia. His mom was incredibly helpful with me when I wrote the Pinkel book. I'm a big Grinch fan. But for this job, based on what Sterk has said publicly, it seems like an odd fit. Missouri doesn't want someone who would be learning on the job as a head coach.
I don't think he's a top-end QB prospect, but he'll get a chance to improve his stock at the East-West Shrine Bowl. He might get some looks at receiver because of his frame and speed.
Not that I can think of. And it won't happen here.
Possibly, but I'm not certain about that. The next coach might see some value in keeping a holdover or two. Maybe Brick Haley as well.
I don't think it's feasible right now. Fans might buy in if it's successful and leads to victories, but recruits want to play in the NFL. And you're not going to get NFL looks if you're a receiver or a quarterback or even an offensive lineman if you're running the wishbone. Also, I'm not sure it'll work in the SEC. It's one thing if a team like LSU or Georgia has to prepare for a triple-option team once every few years for a nonconfernce game, but if they know it's on the schedule every season, they'll be much more equipped to handle the challenges. That's why Air Force doesn't run the classic triple-option system, because it has to play the same Mountain West teams every year.
For one, there needs to be people in the building to take care of the current players. You can't just have an empty facility with no adults in the room. And someone has to keep recruiting. Recruits have questions. They need answers. There needs to be some adults to explain the situation. And often times the new head coach will keep some holdovers on staff, so it's in the assistants' best interest to stick around and see what happens next - unless they know for sure they'll have a better job somewhere else.
Maybe, but it's more about what each of them have at stake. Their careers are both measured by how Odom's team plays on the field. The more the team loses, the more support Odom needed from Sterk. The more the team loses, the less allegiance Sterk had to Odom - because it would be his neck on the line if he kept a coach who couldn't do the job.
Shawn Robinson should be the leader in the clubhouse. He's played the most at the Power Five level and had the most experience. It's hard to predict Bazelak's situation because of the injury. He'll have surgery next week. Even if he's rehabbed in six months, you're looking at May or June at the earliest for football activities. That's going to be cutting it close to learn a new offense and win the job.