1. The drama of the Missouri-Tennessee game on Sunday was the topic of media day Wednesday.
In addition to Sophie Cunningham’s high elbow — accidental, she said, — there has been the on-going controversy of Lauren Aldridge clapping too forcefully and too close to Tennessee assistant coach Holly Warlick.
Here’s the video:
Please do not disrespect "The Summitt." Thank you. pic.twitter.com/uRjnFO6woB— Maria M. Cornelius (@mmcornelius) January 6, 2019
It’s absurd that Aldridge even apologized for this. Does it look more like a taunt when the video is slowed down? Yes, of course. But, Warlick is an adult, a coach, and the fact that she felt it necessary to react that way probably says more about how the game was going — a game Missouri ended up winning — than anything Aldridge did.
Anyway, here’s Aldridge talking about that moment:
Watch: #Mizzou guard Lauren Aldridge says she has a tremendous amount of respect for Holly Warlick and the Tennessee women's basketball program.— Andrew Kauffman (@AndrewABC17) January 9, 2019
"By no means was that intended for coach Holly Warlick."
More from the Tigers: https://t.co/Mo5mLUlR09 pic.twitter.com/sJVJFM2mvL
No one has written about this on-going beef better than Daniel Jones of the Columbia Tribune, so make sure you check out his run-down following media day on Wednesday.
2. Missouri football continues to get pre-preseason love.
Another day, and another Missouri sighting in a way-too-early 2019 Top 25 poll.
This time it comes from Stadium, which has Missouri at ...
(tips glasses down nose)
(fogs and cleans glasses)
(holds screen close to face, than further away)
Here’s what they say:
The Tigers will replace Second Team All-SEC quarterback Drew Lock with Clemson transfer Kelly Bryant, who has College Football Playoff experience and he should keep Missouri as a top-25 team. Missouri has a favorable start to its 2019 campaign with games at Wyoming before five home games in a row against West Virginia, Southeast Missouri, South Carolina, Troy and Ole Miss, which means the Tigers could climb into the top-15 with a strong September and October.
On another note, Stadium also says that Missouri is one of four teams that has betting value for 2019. The biggest reason for that?
A serendipitous schedule:
They draw the two weakest teams from the West in Ole Miss and Arkansas. Avoiding teams like Alabama, LSU and Auburn makes their schedule a lot less daunting on paper and could lead to value in the futures markets.
3. The Senior Bowl approaches; that means get ready for all that Drew Lock #content.
The Senior Bowl — Jan. 26 in Mobile, Ala. — is going to draw a lot attention because of the group of quarterbacks in attendance.
Drew Lock, of course, is one of them.
This might be the most talented Senior Bowl QB group in 20 years of scouting the game https://t.co/cXIN82n0b1— Todd McShay (@McShay13) January 9, 2019
Drew Lock turned in a stellar performance throwing the ball deep and will put it on full display at the @seniorbowl pic.twitter.com/OEtaGjPQTV— PFF College (@PFF_College) January 9, 2019
Judging from Lock’s Instagram Stories, there’s an ESPN crew following him around (in some capacity) while he trains out in California ahead of the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine.
Speaking of Lock, another quarterback could be declaring for the draft. The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray is expected to declare for the NFL draft on Sunday.
While Dwayne Haskins’ declaration likely dropped Lock down the quarterback board, would Murray have a big impact? While Murray is certainly talented — he won the damn Heisman, after all — his size will probably be a negative. Also, his prospects as a professional baseball player also likely means team will be less inclined to draft him with a high pick.
Either way, an interesting story line to watch.
Yesterday at Rock M
- Sophie Cunningham, when not discussing other teams’ beef with her, was also named to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list.
- Missouri wrestling looks to push its winning streak to 31 on Friday with a dual against Ohio. You can watch it here on ESPN — with a login.
- Les Miles is already looking for a new offensive coordinator at Kansas, it seems.
- Brian Odom, despite interest from Oklahoma, is staying put at Missouri:
Can confirm per a source that Brian Odom turned down an offer to be the linebackers coach at Oklahoma and will stay at #Mizzou. @FootballScoop was the first to report.— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) January 9, 2019