Hmmm wonder if they'll drop the hammer on the defending champs for self-reporting violations as hard as they did on Mizzou...
Yeah, Mizzou's D-line, and D in general, was great last year and should be great again this year. It's the offense that needs drastic improvement. I wonder if there has ever been a team with a greater disparity between the performance of the Defense and the Offense than last year's Mizzou team...
Beckner gets arrested for having a joint in his dorm the same day a former NBA All-Star opens his (totally legal) weed shop and releases a statement saying "I want to dispel the stigma around cannabis, the misperception that athletes and cannabis are incompatible.” The day is soon coming when lawmakers finally acknowledge that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol or cigarettes, and end this charade. Unfortunately for "criminals" like Beckner, not soon enough.
We've been handing out tough penalties for drug use for the past 30 years. How effective has that been as a deterrent?
"Odom, 39, who had served as Missouri’s defensive coordinator the past four seasons" (Actually, only this season. The previous 3 seasons he was DC at Memphis.)
2015: Mizzou's D-line is losing the best pass-rushing tandem in the country... Shane Ray and Markus Golden are irreplaceable. They won't be as good next year. 2014: Mizzou's D-line is losing the best pass-rushing tandem in the country... Michael Sam and Kony Ealy are irreplaceable. They won't be as good next year. (just sayin)
It's not that Mizzou can't recruit, it's that Mizzou recruits differently from most schools. For years now, Pinkel & staff have repeatedly said that they do not care about number of stars or Rivals rankings. They have a player development system that focuses on a different set of metrics than the public recruiting rankings. Before you laugh that off, do me a favor and look up which programs have had the most NFL draft picks over the past 8-10 years. While you're at it, look up which programs have had the most victories during the same time. And the most conference division titles. You'll see Mizzou in the top 10 nationally on all those lists. Oh and one more stat you should check is Tennessee's all-time record vs. Mizzou.