I'm not sure what to expect from the three players who entered the draft pool. Neither does Cuonzo. Here's what I do know - and you can read more in tomorrow's story - but Martin was not at all surprised that Tilmon and Pinson wanted to get some NBA feedback. Also, Martin helped nudge Mitchell Smith to enter the pool - not because he wants him to leave the program but he thinks it'll be healthy for him to get some workouts against other NBA hopefuls and hear some feedback on areas he can improve. Martin believes Smith has the skill to play professionally. He's 6-10 and can make plays/shots on the perimeter and be a versatile defender. There's a professional market in those skills. Also, for Tilmon and Smith, this is their last chance to get that NBA feedback and still have the option to come back to college. It's in their best interest to take advantage of the system. It's also well documented from my reporting and others that Tilmon and Pinson don't come from the best financial situations back home. Every college player wants to play in the NBA, but it's not the only option to make a living. Bottom line, whether or not they return depends on their experiences in the workouts - assuming there will be workouts. As of today, those three players aren't projected as NBA draft picks. They could still opt for the chance to start making a living.
Herbstreit is entitled to his opinion, but I don't understand the rush for everyone outside of the medical and science industries to make predictions and projections about the virus. Here's some perspective: Three weeks ago today I was in Nashville wondering if there was going to be a game that night. Three weeks later, I'm hunkered down with my family. We haven't seen anyone but neighbors for a couple weeks. I've been on a few solo grocery store trips. One stop at a studio last week to shoot my TV show. So why are people trying to make bold predictions on what's going to be happening 20 WEEKS FROM NOW? It's like some folks in my industry are on a daily race to see who can predict the future of the sport sooner and more accurate than everyone else. There's nothing wrong with saying these three words: I don't know. Of course, Herbstreit doesn't truly know what's going to happen 20 weeks from now, but he has a huge platform. People turn to him as an expert on college football and even when he's stating an opinion, it's perceived as major news - even if just a somewhat-informed opinion. I can see why coaches would get upset by that. A person in Drinkwitz's role is in charge of hundreds of people underneath him - coaches, staffers, players. As soon as Herbstreit makes that statement, you know Drinkwitz's phone is on fire with all of those people under him wanting answers - answers that he doesn't have in March/April. I don't think Drinkwitz needed to apologize. At the same time, will there be a college football season is a valid question to ask people who run college football at the NCAA, conference and network level. That doesn't mean they have all the answers on April 2.
I don't think that's a priority this instant. We didn't talk about staffing this week. Porter could agree to a new contract that doesn't pay him $375K to return in the same role. Remeber, he's not one of the team's three assistant coaches who can leave campus to recruit. He's director of player development. Porter could also leave the staff for another endeavor.
Somewhat. They're not huge sports fans. They enjoy going to games occasionally, but they have a lot of other interests. They play sports, but they don't live and breathe with pro and college sports teams like I did when I was their age. They rarely watch sports on TV. I think having a sportswriter in the house, someone whose life is consumed by sports, especially Mizzou teams, probably draws them toward their other interests, which is fine with me.
Not sure off the top of my head, but I know the story I did in Springfield on Maty Mauk was the most-read feature story (non game story) I wrote in 2019. Some of the football coaching search stories were among my most-read of the year in terms of online traffic.
He's got a funky 3-point shot with the way he holds the ball right before the release. His percentage fell off somewhat this year but he was an elite shooter earlier in his career. No reason to mess with what was working. I'll be interested to see if he tweaks his mechanics this offseason.
Way too early for that. They just extended the deadline to renew season tickets. I imagine the vast majority of fans are waiting to see if there will be a season before they invest in tickets.