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20 years of coaching including D1. Now own a small business. Volunteer scientist for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Paxutent Center, USGeological survey. I'm working on summiting a large sample of the Western Hemisphere's highest peaks. In the 48 states I've now been on top of 23 of Colorado and Utah's highest. Have also summited several peaks in Ecuador, Puerto Rico, and had a very comfortable night on the flank of an active volcano. Life is good. Never stop being an athlete/scholar. Always appreciate the endeavors of others to make the earth better appreciated and understood. I believe God Blesses us daily with uncountable miracles. I believe in prayer and gratitude. I think it is a great challenge of humanity to understand human suffering as well as our miraculous Blessings. Being human therefore is like being on one great team and having to train/work every day to perform our role.
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I've seen a half-dozen games at Azteca and the field was perfect every time, so whats up with this?
Columbia is fine and so it Fayetteville. Little Rock and St. Louis are not fine.
Missouri has enough receiver talent waiting to get on the field. Walter's entire defense has improvement we all hoped he would bring. Look for the average points allowed in this last third of the season to compare favorably to the beginning and the middle.
Good story Dave, recognizing the strengths of coaches, both new and old, is a highly under-used theme. And it seems like you did a good job here with Pruit.
I've never seen a single legit star-rater ever show up at a Missouri high school football field. Here's why; star-ratings are fairy tales only children believe in. A very few high school football players excell on bad teams, with bad coaches, surrounded by bad team members, against opponents with good records. It doesn't take Einstein to know who those players are IF someone actually looks for them, but they don't do anywhere close to a complete look-around. After a few of those players get big parades thrown for them, the rest of america's players only need decent coaching to reach the "star" rating of their own personal hearts and minds. Hundreds of college players, at hundreds of college programs have exceeded their star-ratings already this year. What a laugh star-ratings are. 5 division championships with 1,2,and 3 star players in the last decade, and Missouri's coaching staffs could have been better.
I read this like a teacher and coach. There is a retention factor in teaching and coaching. Some of the responsibility for retention falls on the coaching staff, while some falls on the student. Only after reaching very high rates of retention can execution have a chance to win games. I wonder about some of Missouri's struggles this year? Are receivers not open because they are not retaining the directions, timing, and details of the routes? Just one example. One thing is sure, Lock and his receivers have not yet maxed their potential.
Nationalism was the idea that drove that war. One that our own country is moving back toward today. So real because I live a few miles from General Black Jack Pershing's home. My own grandfather served and survived though deafened at a 'big gun' installation.
What's the logic of that, vs. holding the games on college campuses? Or all over the SEC footprint? And what difference will it make if they don't fix shoe-manufacturer-gate? Lot's more former basketball fans are watching national contender wrestlers, especially after the Jaden Cox Gold-Medal. While individual talent certainly seems to be at least holding it's own, is college basketball coaching giving fans the technical, and tactical show once appreciated by knowledgeable basketball fans
I look at these next two games as Dooley and Walters maturing even more. It's not too much to look for both of them to have big time coordinator presentations, and management. Now this is not because Tennessee is not good, rather it's because they have seen their team act and react now for a lot of football games and they both have room to grow, plus their player personnel hasn't peaked out yet. For example, Johnson and Giocinto have quickness that hasn't been fully utilized yet. They are just beginning to make excellent blocks down field. The Offensive line and the backs are making steady progress at holding that push for a longer, 1st down, type push.... well you get the idea. A lot of maturing in the play-book bur more importantly individuals and execution.
Be fair here, Auburn did well against Georgia. Georgia is more beatable than the league officials make them look but they are hard to beat when Smart is on top of some of the roster's brain-less-ness. Also it's not Malzahn's fault that his roster is a little less talented and leader driven than it has been in the past. The whole SEC East is up and the whole SEC West, except AL is down. But the SEC is probably better over-all than even.
Well, Missouri's lines have been steadily improving but don't underestimate Vandy under Mason. This is a coach that college men will always want to win for and they are going to win under Mason more every year.
It's clear what happened here. The State player had his hands in the wrong place, making it possible for the crooked ref to throw the flag. Embarrassing for the SEC. And dumb for the State player, but not so dumb that the ref can throw that flag.
CONGRATULATIONS TO STATE FOR POSTING THE BEST SCORE YET AGAINST AL. SINCERE PRAISE. Because for all we know AL might do the same thing in their bowl game.
Missouri is ranked a very high 16th in FPI. and this poll may not be accurate for Missouri but it has been the most accurate of any poll out there. That's being proven every week. Really I think Tennessee has a 50/50 chance to win one of these games and get bowl eligible. I'm not saying Vandy is the most beat-able because their passing attack and rushing attack were very good yesterday. So while Tennessee is playing better, at the same time Missouri is playing better than ever right now. The reason for this is simple, both Dooley and Walters were first year Coordinators and now they are are both comfortable and sharp. I hope the Vols make the post season. One of my favorite bowl games of all time is the whoopin Tennessee put on Iowa a few years ago. I had been in Nebraska watching Missouri smack big 10 Minnesota around (at a friend Husker fan's). Then i stopped at a bar restaurant on the Iowa side to witness about 200 Iowa fans go into shock. So dang much fun. Go Vols, starting about Sunday next week.
ok, that must be a detail oriented bonus plan. What does he get for gaining 10 yards before 3rd down?.. 5 figures?
College basketball has got to be cleaned up right now.
It's Tennessee's offense that is the major attraction in this game, evidence is what they just did to a very good Kentucky defense. Missouri has to travel where Tennessee has a lot of momentum. One thing different about Missouri right now is .. both their DC and their OC are really no longer beginners as coordinators. That made a big difference in the first 2/3rds look of Missouri 2018 season. A similar note on Pruitt because he knows his team now that it's late in the year.
Hang in there HC, they will be Razor sharp and back soon.
can't blame you for being mad about being put in the same sentence with bt
Any former Big 12 member would be a good match up. Missouri has an all-time 10-4 record vs. Baylor. But the season is not over yet and.... minor detail... Baylor is not bowl eligible yet.
Week 12, Tennessee is settled into a new coaching staff and playing well. On the other hand Missouri has an OC and a DC that have the same first year settled in. Maybe a Tennessee fan wants to sum up the starters injured for them. Missouri has some out and some back. For Missouri will it be Badie, Okewubunom out? But Daniel Parker is harder to stop than Okewubunom. Most of the SEC East this year is just who is ready to play more every Saturday.
This is why Urban Meyer is the fundamental problem here. Meyer brought a guy like this from his former program to Ohio State. And to be fair, nobody at Ohio State ever looked at Meyers choices for staff very critically, or wouldn't they have seen this personality before now?
What does Crockett at running back have to do ?
I don't think my comment was related to your's but your welcome to you opinion anyway.
Don't forget Purdue. And the game was over with Kentucky also.
They better review the whole year's league games.