I don't know. He committed to Iowa State pretty quickly.
There's on single person to blame. MU made a poor hire in basketball with Kim Anderson. The fault there lies with the university's administration that all but strong-armed athletics into hiring an alum whom they foolishly thought would reconnect the program to the glory years. In football, Mack Rhoades was dealt a poor hand - some of it self-inflicted but not all of it - when he had to hire Pinkel's replacement. The job wasn't appealing in the market because of the unrest on campus, though some of those issues weren't nearly as toxic as some portrayed or believed. Instead, he took a risk on a young unproven candidate who turned out to have an underwhelming four years on the job. You make the wrong hires and you deal with years of consequences.
I spent a lot of time with Pinkel going over what happened in 2015 when we wrote his biography and I developed a lot of empathy for the position he was in. He didn't have any great options. The players hadn't signed any kind of legally binding contracts that said they were required to play in games to uphold their scholarships. The players are brought to college teams to play football - not get degrees. The coaches don't recruit great students who can't play ball; they recruit great players they hope can stay eligible. Some coaches genuinely want them to get their degree, too, but just to make sure that happens, the coaches have bonus clauses where they get paid extra money - on top of their seven-figure salaries - if the players get good grades and graduates. That's baffling to me. Players aren't allowed to benefit off their name and likeness with spending money - and in most cases aren't allowed to get a part-time job - but their coaches get bonuses if the players go to class. While the scholarship can be of great value if the player takes advantage of the opportunity, I still don't think it's enough considering what the coaches make while standing on the sideline.
Schools are going to make those decisions on their own. I don't expect the league to mandate those rules. If the league can't mandate COVID testing I don't think the schools want them deciding how many fans they can allow in their stadiums, especially considering schools in the same league are under different state and county regulations. What's safe and legal in Missouri might not be safe or legal in Florida. That said, I wouldn't think schools finalize any decisions until August.
Possibly. I think noncon games will be decided case by case. Just hypothetical here, but maybe New Mexico can't pull off a visit to Mississippi State ... or Ole Miss and Baylor can't have their game in Houston because it's too much of a hot spot. I would think the conferences will make conference games a priority and then allow schools to do their best to pull off noncon games.
Drinkwitz just signaled on Twitter a new commitment. Stay tuned.
Yes, clearly. He's done a great job nailing down local recruits from the area's four most talent-rich programs: De Smet, East St. Louis, Lutheran North and Trinity. Mizzou has rarely landed the best players from those teams, especially in a common year. They've clearly identified out-of-state prospects they wanted to secure early and so far have done a nice job landing those targets. The class ranks No. 20 by Rivals.com. I'll be surprised if MU stays in the top 20 - a handful of regular top-20 teams are behind in commitment numbers, like Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and South Carolina. But if Drinkwitz can land the bulk of a top 30 class before ever coaching a game at Mizzou, that's an obvious strong signal that his staff can recruit for this program and can make a compelling sales pitch.
Having five-star recruits in the state of Missouri or just beyond the border. Missouri has never signed a five-star recruit who wasn't from an in-state school or in the metro St. Louis/KC areas. Mizzou just doesn't have the national cache to go into Georgia and out-recruit Georgia/Bama/Florida/FSU for a five-star recruit. Same thing in Texas or Florida or Louisiana. Win some championships and become a winner on the national stage and that changes. But they're not there yet.
Are you talking locker rooms and weight rooms? If so, I have no idea. Schools don't let media from other markets visit those parts of the facilities. If we're talking about stadiums/arenas, Memorial Stadium is far smaller, less impressive than Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee, but on par with Kentucky and far bigger and better than Vandy. Mizzou Arena is as modern and just as big if not bigger than just about every SEC East hoops arena other than Rupp Arena, which is bigger but not nearly as nice or new.
I don't think he'll factor much as a receiver. That's Badie's role. Running backs coach Curtis Luper made that point talking to reporters yesterday, that Badie runs better routes and does a better job catching the ball out of the backfield. Rountree is a runner - and can be one of the best in the SEC if the holes are there.
I expect them back and have heard nothing contrary to that from anyone in the program, but they don't have to formally decide anything until August.
It's just speculation, but nothing from the last few years would indicate that Odom would be able to pull in so many of the local recruits that Drinkwitz has landed, especially when those players talk about the head coach's energy and personality as reasons for their commitment.
Wow, we could spend a lot of time on that. It's fair to say he's missed on some critical recruits and taken gambles on some off-the-radar players that haven't worked out. When he had his most talented team - his first year at Mizzou - Martin did an exceptional job coaching a combination of newcomers and rookies and won 20 games and earned at least one SEC coach of the year vote. If we want to measure player development on a case by case basis ... Tilmon has made measured progress but still leaves a lot to be desired ... Mitchell Smith has improved a lot under Martin ... Pinson improved tremendously last year ... Watson seemed to take a step backward last year or, at least, stall ... Mark Smith has battled injuries each year at MU ... Pickett showed some growth last year but wasn't vastly improved by any stretch ... Reed Nikko certainly improved over his three years under Martin ... going back three years, Jordan Barnett by far had his best season under Martin. So, add it up and you've got some hits and misses. I'd say recruiting has been a bigger issue than development.
At South Carolina. Win an early SEC road game and this team could really have a strong start to the season and develop some confidence and momentum. From there, at home against Kentucky. The Tigers have lost five straight to UK and will never get back into the top tier of the SEC East as long as they're behind the Cats.
OK, chatters. That's all from me today. I'm gone next week, so we'll resume in two weeks. Take care of yourselves until then.