The possibilities are endless if the SEC does in fact add Oklahoma and Texas. Back when the 12-team playoff concept was first introduced by the playoff committee, the prevailing thought was that conferences would ditch the divisions, which could be a possibility in a 16-team SEC. Or they could stick with two divisions and do some reshuffling to make more sense geographically. The idea of four-team pods has also been brought up in the last 48 hours. Imagine a pod of Mizzou, Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas. You play the three teams in your pod every year and then play a rotation of teams from the other three pods. I like playing two teams from each of the other two pods for a nine-game conference schedule.
Those grudges don't really exist anymore, nor the unwritten ban on playing Mizzou. Kansas and Kansas State have scheduled future football games with Missouri. Iowa State, Oklahoma, Kansas and Kansas State have either scheduled basketball games or already played basketball games against Missouri in the last few years. The thaw has melted.
Don't believe what you've read about that "hard no" from Missouri. Drinkwitz made it clear yesterday he'd be open to welcoming OU and Texas to the SEC. The immediate sense I got from the MU administration was that it would be a positive move for the SEC - and Mizzou wants what's best for the SEC. Keep in mind, all the powerbrokers from the 2011 split - not only at Mizzou but at Oklahoma and Texas - have either retired, changed schools or passed away. I don't believe Mizzou will let emotions get in the way of a move that benefits the conference for financial and competitive reasons. Mizzou doesn't have to love the move to understand that it's in the SEC's best interest to add OU and Texas - especially knowing that another conference would gladly poach those two programs.
Most people I was around Thursday were impressed with his candor and personality. But they weren't surprised. That's who he is - and most have already realized that. He might have had a more captivated audience had he not appeared on the last day of the event - or before the OU/Texas news broke the day before. But he also shared some of the most candid and colorful comments on the situation. People noticed.
We're not exactly digging ditches. It's basically four straight days of press conferences and then hours and hours of writing. Ben and I were two of the very few writers who were there for all four days, so we made sure to squeeze out as much content as possible, especially during Mizzou's session on Thursday. I hope readers enjoyed the coverage. We'll have more stories/columns in the coming days.
It indicates there was rapid turnover around the country this year with the immediate eligibility rule change. As long as you're bringing in impact players that can be a winning team on the floor regardless of roster continuity it really doesn't matter. Missouri is hardly the only team in the SEC going through the same situation this year.
Nobody knows. This process has just started. The only reason it went public is because someone wanted it leaked before the real planning and negotiating could begin. Like most others, I highly suspect it was someone from Texas A&M's administration.
I get the emotional reactions to Texas, but keep in mind, if the Horns join the SEC it will be on the SEC's terms - not Texas. The Horns won't be allowed to show up and start dictating how the conference works. No Longhorn Network. No unequal revenue sharing. They'll have to be loyal soldier in the company.
Elijah Young was clearly the No. 2 option in the spring and there's no reason to think that will change when spring ball opens. From there, they've got a lot of options to get any leftover touches. They've got two freshmen in Taj Butts and BJ Harris. Simi Bikare and Dawson Downing are back to add some depth. Then you have a handful of walk-ons in the mix. Drinkwitz has indicated the running game will be more of a committee approach this year compared to last season when Rountree had the bulk of the carries each week.
Yeah, I'm sure not all Missouri fans will love the idea of Texas joining the SEC. But that's OK. You're not supposed to like the other teams in the conference. At least the dislike will be natural this time and won't be manufactured.
No idea. Drinkwitz said yesterday the staff will only take three to four more commitments for the 2022 class and then wait until after the season to see how the roster stands in terms of who's coming back and who's moving on and then recruit accordingly. MU can afford to be choosy with only a few spots left for the next several months.
Yes, the Longhorn Network won't work in the SEC. That's a deal breaker.
If there's a player whom he believes fits what they need and wants to join the program, then Martin isn't going to risk losing him to another team after he's exposed to more coaches on the AAU circuit and the high school season. By all accounts, Christian Jones is a player Martin and his staff have liked for a while and really wanted once they got a closer look at him. He comes highly recommended from Corey Frazier, whose opinion Martin values.