"I’m a little bit of a throwback into a millennial culture of people," Earleywine said. "It forces you to evaluate how you coach. It’s not easy changing who you are and your instincts. I know there are things I can do better, but at the same time, I’m very proud of all that at we’ve built and accomplished and achieved here, and my staff as well. I’m not ashamed of anything."
While former and current players have sent a public message of support for Earleywine throughout the weekend, Earleywine said there’s probably a couple players on the current roster who have had "exchanges between myself and them or different scenarios that they would have liked to see handled differently."
Outfielder Sara Harvey was dismissed for a violation of team rules earlier this season, and Earleywine said her dismissal is likely "part of" the administration’s review. He declined to further discuss Harvey’s dismissal. Harvey, in an email to the Tribune, declined an interview, deferring questions to the athletic department.
Earleywine was unaware of the protest on Saturday until after the game, though he’s been aware of the ongoing investigation for about a month.
He said that the only thing he’d wish he’d change about his coaching would be using inappropriate language with his players.
"Is that grounds for firing a coach? I think if you set that precedent there won’t be a coach left in America," Earleywine said.
Earleywine maintains that he wants to continue coaching the team and looks forward to success next season. "If I survive, it’ll be my best coaching job to date," Earleywine said.
"There’s a couple of kids on the team that probably have things, exchanges between myself and them or different scenarios, that they would have liked to see handled differently," Earleywine said. " … I’m tough on kids. I make them accountable and there’s discipline in our program. I’m a throwback. If that’s demeaning, maybe, but it’s not about them, the person, it’s about their performance as a player."
Earleywine didn’t offer any details and didn’t apologize, but he seemed to indicate that he understands his job’s at risk if he doesn’t adapt.
"There have been some suggestions, but I don’t have total clarity on what it is that I need to do," Earleywine said.
2016 football recruiting isn't over
Kyle Mitchell is an unrated JUCO lineman from American River College in California and would be a guy Missouri adds for pure depth purposes (though if he wanted to turn into a starter-caliber guy, that'd be great).
But Ross is all sorts of intriguing. He played for Heupel at OU, and he checks two vital boxes: 1) He's an accomplished return man (two touchdowns in 2014), and 2) He's rushed 123 times for 786 yards in his career (6.4 per carry). He hasn't been incredibly efficient, I don't believe, but he's explosive, and his main issue has been that he's been stuck behind Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon. He's also 6'1, 220, a pretty big guy. If he were to commit to Mizzou, he would, in my eyes, immediately become the favorite for the starting job and could form a pretty interesting 1-2 punch with the smaller Ish Witter, who had a nice spring.
So yeah, I'm rooting for that transfer to take place. We'll have more on Ross later this morning.
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