1. Shamburger is official
Keith Shamburger committed so long ago that I thought maybe I had just missed where they made it official. But now it's official; Mizzou will have a senior point guard.
We can talk about the value of "experience" and "leadership" and "veteranosity," but I think the best-case scenario for Mizzou in 2014-15 is if Wes Clark continues to start with Shamburger coming off of the bench. Shamburger has been a solid player at both Hawaii and San Jose State, but he's a 30 percent 3-point shooter and what appears to be a relatively passive defender (no steals, no blocks, no fouls). He is able to lower his head and get to the line a good amount, and he's certainly more experienced than Clark, but to the extent that Mizzou will play one point guard (and Kim Anderson has mentioned plenty of times that he's happy playing two or three if that's what the personnel dictates), I'd still prefer it be Clark. Regardless, this is a happy addition. Good luck to Mr. Shamburger.
2. Saying a little with a lot of words
Is the Purdue contract finalized yet?
"If it's not, it's close to being signed, and that's a '17-'18 game that starts in Columbia and goes to West Lafayette.
What about the SEC's new Power 5 non-conference provision?
"The way the college football playoff sets up, and I know you guys are all seeing that it's still to be determined about that strength of scheduling component, so a lot of people would look at that and say, 'OK, we've got eight games in the SEC, and then we've got the requirement of nine, that's fine.' But what about those other three? That strength of scheduling, is it necessarily, some schools probably will look at even a 10th. I think in the Big Ten with a nine-game conference schedule and in the Big 12 with nine games, I know a lot of those schools are looking at a 10th in there, too, so those things are still to be determined by us. Weve just got to get locked on to get '15 and '16 completed."
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