For football, Mizzou has requested that the recruiting restrictions apply to the rest of the 2019-20 school year and not bleed into the 2020-21 season. For baseball and softball, the restrictions will take place for the coming seasons, plus the postseason ban.
He's a 2021 recruit, so I have no idea what he'll decide. I imagine he has no idea. Huge target. He's the kind of local four-star national recruit that Odom couldn't land ... and the kind that Pinkel landed more often than not. These are the kind of players that Drinkwitz needs to be able to sign at a higher rate than his predecessor for Mizzou to be anything more than an .500 program - because you're rarely going to have a shot at a 4-star national recruit from Texas or Tennessee or Florida.
No. He still needs an offensive line coach. As I wrote earlier, I'm told he's down to a couple candidates. Perhaps a decision/announcement by Friday. He'll also have some analysts to hire and grad assistants, but he's not going to have an oversized staff that you see at some other schools.
Cornell Mann was hired to install the offense, but that was three years ago, so I'm not sure what the mechanics are officially. But basketball isn't like football where assistant coaches are fully in charge of one side of the ball. In college hoops, head coaches coach and run their systems. This is Martin's offense, Martin's defense, Martin's system. That doesn't mean an assistant coach can't influence the style of play or the system a head coach runs, but the Xs and Os ultimately falls on the head man.
Yes, he's become a valuable piece to this team. (It does say something about Martin's roster-building that he's in year three and two of his five starters are still Kim Anderson holdovers - as was last year's best player.) Smith has turned into a far better player than I would have expected. He's got a nice jumper. He's confident enough to take those shots. He brings endless energy on the defensive end and he can guard multiple positions.
Nothing to report. He tweeted the other day that he doesn't want people calling him/messaging him about where he'll sign because he's got other stuff going on. Fair enough.
I imagine not until classes begin later this month. There's always some 11th-hour scrambling when it comes to scholarships in baseball.
There have been strides but not much consistency. Pinson seems to take one step forward and two steps back. Pickett has been invisible offensively in the losses, as the stat I mentioned earlier. Watson has had two productive games. Either he can't get open against better athletes or can't connect on shots against faster, bigger, stronger defenders.
Last several years? Mizzou sold out of tickets just two seasons ago and had huge crowds all year. Yes, attendance fell off some last year - again, it appeared fans cared more about seeing five-star players than a team coming off a 20-win season - and they've played all of one home game this year against a high-major foe. Things definitely aren't trending in the right direction, but it's not like things have sunk to Kim Anderson era levels. Maybe things will get worse. Maybe these players have hit a ceiling and won't get any better. If so, recruiting is going to suffer (continue to suffer). Then again, Mizzou didn't hire someone with a track record of building championship teams or signing top-10 classes every year. This job isn't easy. The last year and a half hasn't made it easier. This team can't score - but we've seen it play much better in spots. Can they figure things out before it's too late? Don't know. Keep reading and I'll let you know!
He was not a consideration. It takes an AD with a stomach for some of Leach's nonsense to make that hire. Sterk is not that guy. I know everyone thinks Leach is a hysterical quote machine, but he can be difficult to employ at times - and he's never been a head coach at a program that's under much local scrutiny. He doesn't handle criticms well and can be a bully. That won't go over as well in a bigger media market where more people are paying attention. That's not to say I wouldn't have tried to hire him if I were Mizzou's AD - but I understand why some people are turned off.
I think the energy factor is a factor. He doesn't want anyone on the court whose tank is running low. Also if you pay attention closely most subs are made for defensive matchups. In the Kentucky game, whenever UK went with both of its bigs at the same time - Montgomery and Richards - Martin made sure he had two of his bigs on the floor. When Calipari went with just one big, Martin would go with a smaller lineup. Against Tennessee, Martin didnt' want Pinson as the only point guard on the court when Yves Pond was on the floor - because Pinson couldn't handle the bigger, stronger Pond on switches, whereas Martin was fine with Dru Smith getting switched on Pons. There is a method to what appears to be madness - and more often than not it comes down to matchups.
That's a valid concern. But it wouldn't have been after the 2017-18 season when Mizzou had really good offensive players and played well on that side of the floor.