Not if you cut bait 11 months later. But the longer Sterk kept Odom around, the more he became his coach.
I'm very confident in the names that I've published. Could there be a wild card? Sure, it's possible. But I'd be surprised.
I always say this, but if there's a question why a player doesn't see minutes it almost always starts with his defense. That's been Martin's answer to this question in the past.
There's some value in keeping Ford, maybe Haley. I like Walters a lot and thought he did a nice job with the defense this year. But if a new coach wants to bring in his own coordinator, keeping Walters as DC shouldn't be a deal-breaker.
And I'd like a $1 million advance on my next book on the Great Coaching Search of 2019, but it ain't happening.
I touched on this earlier. I'm a Grinch guy. But it doesn't make sense for this job right now.
Not good, Palmetto Fan. Bad loss, no doubt. This team has a serious first-8-minutes-of-the-game problem. Martin tried fixing that with Pinson in the starting lineup to create some transition opportunities and easy baskets. It backfired when Pinson played his worst game of the year. That was compounded by Dru Smith fouling out with 9 minutes left. Tilmon didn't attempt a shot until the game's 23rd minute, and even after building a nine-point lead, MU couldn't close out on shooters - against what was a terrible 3-point shooting team. Lots of issues to address.
I know that Missouri was not pleased when that report came out from Louisville right in the middle of MU's negotiations with Odom on his contract extension. But that's a classic agent move. Build leverage, even if it's imaginary, to speed up the process and land a better contract. I recall sending Odom a message about the Louisville report on a Sunday night. He eventually refuted the report with a text back - 24 hours later. That was long enough to let it marinate publicly to let everyone think Odom was a viable candidate at UL. Mizzou wasn't thrilled, especially if it wasn't true.
They would have been obligated to accept a bowl at 6-6. The SEC has millions of dollars at stake with its bowl partners that rely on its teams playing in those games.
OK, folks. I'm going to have to cut this off. Have lots of writing to finish.