Okay, let's rip the Band Aid off quickly...
MUtigers.com: @MizzouHoops Falls in SEC Opener at Georgia, 77-59
The Trib: Missouri carved up by Georgia in SEC-opening loss
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou's road nightmares continue
KC Star: Missouri no match for Georgia as Bulldogs win SEC opener 77-59
The Missourian: Five takeaways from Missouri's loss to Georgia
PowerMizzou: POST-GAME THOUGHTS VS UGA
WHEW. Okay. Now that that's over with...
The offensive line awaits a leader
So Barry Odom mentioned a while back that he had his staff in mind, but he was waiting for their respective seasons to end at their current jobs before making things official. New cornerbacks coach Greg Brown was unveiled shortly after Louisville's bowl win over Texas A&M. Odom's new offensive line coach ... still hasn't made an appearance. So either he's coaching a team in the national title game or NFL playoffs, or he doesn't exist yet. (We've heard Chris Scelfo's name bandied about a few times, but Scelfo doesn't have a team at the moment and could have been announced at any point.)
The sooner, the better on this because a) I'm impatient and want to find out who it is, b) Mizzou has three committed (or semi-committed) offensive linemen who would like to know who it is, and c) the new guy's going to have work to do.
Left Tackle -- Connor McGovern: 40 starts, 99.6% of 2015 snaps
Malik Cuellar: 1 game, 3 snaps
Left Guard -- Alec Abeln: 8 games, 3 starts, 235 career snaps
Nate Crawford: 12 games, 8 starts, 492 career snaps
Brad McNulty: 17 starts, 22.5% of 2015 snaps
Center -- Evan Boehm: 52 starts, 95.6% of 2015 snaps
Sam Bailey: 1 game, 2 snaps
Right Guard -- Mitch Hall: 16 starts, 94.3% of 2015 snaps
Kevin Pendleton: 4 games, 44 snaps
Right Tackle -- Taylor Chappell: 20 starts, 81.9% of 2015 snaps
Paul Adams: 3 games, 43 snaps
Backup tackle Clay Rhodes played six snaps over two games in 2014, so let's throw him in there as well.
That leaves Missouri with a grand total of 825 career snaps played over 31 games -- with 11 starts -- from seven returning offensive linemen.
As we've discussed before, last year's line was so ineffective that it almost literally can't get worse in 2016 ... but how much better it might get is still up for determination.
That's part two, by the way, in David Morrison's Five Questions for 2016 series. Part one, on the player most difficult to replace in 2016 (rhymes with Mentrell Mrothers) is here.
A busy week for Team #TigerStyle
Wrestling is ready for Beauty & the Beast AND a return to Jesse!
Next up for women's basketball:
This poster is amazing