After Wednesday’s Mizzou Network chat, Mizzou athletic director Jim Sterk met the rest of the Mizzou media on Thursday for a chat. The highlights:
1. Cuonzo Martin is stone cold.
Q: What were your thoughts on how Cuonzo handled everything both on and off the court this season?
”You guys have sat with him. It’s like nothing phases him, he’ll make hard decisions and tough decisions, but it seems like he doesn’t linger and tries to get the best out of every situation that he’s dealt. I think that’s great for all of us. I think he relates a lot of things to life. You’re faced with a lot of difficulties and things, but he’s looking at moving ahead and I think that’s a good philosophy to have.”
While Michael Porter Jr.’s arrival created the initial round of buzz, the rest of the team took it from there.
“The team took on that responsibility of creating excitement,” Sterk said. “I think they did a heck of a job. I think people at the start were disappointed but were excited about what was truly happening on the court.”
2. Mizzou’s got a bit of a tight budget at the moment.
“We’re looking at our budget really hard. We’ve had some reserves and have used them for a number of things, projects and things like that. We had to cover a deficit last year and we’ll probably have something smaller this year, so we need to look at ourselves and look at what we can do more efficiently and effectively but still continue to move the program forward and compete. It is interesting to be in a situation where we’re in the top 25 or 30 budgets in the country, but yet we’re like 13th or something like that in the SEC. Some have $200 million budgets as opposed to $100 million. It’s a unique challenge, but I also think it’s an opportunity to do things in a unique way and effectively and compete against some of the best in the country too.”
And expenses aren’t going down.
“[The Hearnes Center is] a building that’s irreplaceable because of the functions,” Sterk said. “I would hate to try to guess that, to replace everything that’s in there right now, what it would cost.”
But there’s still an eye at cutting back whenever possible. Sterk said Thursday he’s challenged managers within athletics to evaluate what their budgets might look like with a 15 percent cut. [...]
“Even if we stay even and grow our revenues a little bit, expenses are rising 8 or 10 percent in a lot of areas,” Sterk said. “That’s the challenge. To even do the same things (we’re doing), we’re going to have to manage our expenses better.”
That last part: not incredibly encouraging.
Yesterday at Rock M
- Mizzou’s aiming pretty high with some of its out-of-state football recruiting this year, and not only did it pay off with the commitment of 4-star Memphis receiver Shamar Nash and the recent visit from 4-star Texas OL EJ Ndoma-Ogar, it also looks like it’s going to draw a visit from 4-star Oklahoma DE Trace Ford. Always Be Closing and whatnot, but an encouraging development.
- I guess you already knew that the Black & Gold game was on April 14, but just in case you didn’t, now you do.
- And speaking of four-stars, a recent star signee has been struggling to make it to campus.
Have confirmed that #Mizzou signee DaRon Davis is enrolled at Hutchinson Community College and will play there next year. Not certain as far as his future beyond that at this point.— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) March 29, 2018
- WELP, it appears Mizzou’s going to have some even stiffer competition for key 2019 hoops target Mario McKinney.
Blessed to Receive an offer From Louisville University pic.twitter.com/O21O0lgEHq— Mario McKinney Jr. (@Boog341) March 30, 2018
- Hey, Shane.
Good to be home @MizzouFootball pic.twitter.com/Kl7OkGnwIF— Shane Ray (@StingRay56) March 30, 2018
- No. 22 Mizzou Baseball is hosting No. 16 Auburn this weekend for a three-game set. The weather might loosen up and play nice this weekend? A little? (It’s almost April, and I get excited about back-to-back days in the 50s.) We’ll see how much of a difference that makes in attendance — no surprises, but Mizzou lags behind in that regard, and our trripleplay has some (educated) theories.
Reason #1: Weather. When even a diehard @MizzouBaseball fan like me misses half the games in the first month of home games, that's a problem.— TR Robertson (@trripleplay) March 29, 2018
Reason #2: Need a winning team. That has been a problem. But it's changing. 2018 @MizzouBaseball is an exciting team to watch and they have a legit shot in every match-up— TR Robertson (@trripleplay) March 29, 2018
Reason #3: Less flashy ballpark than other SEC schools. True dat. But...with more winning, fans will discover @MizzouBaseball— TR Robertson (@trripleplay) March 29, 2018
If you come, they will build it.
- Sheesh, Mizzou Track & Field is going to be in three places at once this weekend. That’s fast!