He took the program to a level it had never reached in the game's modern era. Maybe another QB comes along who could have done that, but he's the only guy who did. That's why he was No. 1 on my list. The most visible, the most valuable program reached heights it hadn't seen in nearly 50 years. A lot of good things happened as a result of that 2007 season. NFL-caliber players continued to join the program. The program became attractive enough to be invited to join the SEC when all hell broke loose in the Big 12. Pinkel's staff got to stay intact and continue to develop talent in its unique way. You can trace so much of the good times back to that 2007 season - and its signature, most important player.
Yes. Not all make the cut.
De Smet cornerback Jakailin Johnson is committed to Ohio State and Lutheran St. Charles defensive lineman Gabriel Rulo is committed to Notre Dame. They're 1 and 2 in the state. Ford is 3rd.
For one, the staff took forever to settle on personnel. Hyrin White was a starter, then he vanished from the lineup. Larry Borom was a guard, then suddenly a tackle. Tre'Vour Wallace-Simms was an All-SEC right guard. Then suddenly got flipped to left guard. Odom gushed praise all over Case Cook, but it took a while for him to crack the rotation. It was a weird year. They weren't a very physical offensive line. They got pushed around by Wyoming. Maybe that shouldn't be a surprise considering Wyoming's defense had two NFL picks and not one MU linemen was drafted.
I don't know what this means.
They have houses in Columbia. Bill is still a supporter and attends most games, travels to most of the road basketball games.
It's fine. We're not having Zoom happy hour meetings, but we have a professional rapport.
I have not. Mizzou had a handful of players in the XFL, but I'm not sure any of them played at a high enough level to land an NFL tryout. NFL teams don't even know when they'll he able to have tryouts. Everything seems to be in a holding pattern right now.
I've only been there once for a NCAA softball tournament, so I didn't really get a great feel for the town. I'd be happy to go back for a fall football weekend. Been to Ames plenty of times. Passionate fans who can brave the cold.
Not necessarily a favor, but when you have a relationship with another AD it makes it easier to work out an agreement. It's a two-for-one, so Mizzou will come out on the positive end here getting two games in Columbia. FAU is a solid opponent to fill one of the two Group of 5 spots Mizzou schedules every year. Frankly, FAU was a better team than Mizzou the last few years under Lane Kiffin.
Yes, the NCAA granted schools the chance to give seniors in the spring sports another year of eligibility. Not certain yet how many Mizzou athletes will take the extra year. The only senior on the softball team, pitcher Eli Daniel, announced today that she will not return for another year.
Check out tomorrow's Post-Dispatch for the answer.
Maybe, but I doubt the narrative will unfold like that. Some of the curators were less than impressed with the initial list of candidates. They wanted someone that would be an easier sell to the fans. Sterk and the search firm came up with Drinkwitz. Now, keep in mind, not one of those three names brought to the board landed other jobs. So even if they go on to have great success at their current gigs or somewhere else, it's not like Sterk passed on some home-run hire. If Drinkwitz doesn't work, then that'll be Sterk's legacy and I imagine he won't work long-term either. Just like Mike Alden wouldn't have lasted long had Pinkel not been a success
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Aldon Smith entered the 2011 NFL draft.
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