Hoops doing happy things.
And speaking of hoops ... JYD is back in Columbia this week...
Caught up with newly signed Toronto Raptor DeMarre Carroll on first day of his Columbia camp today. I'll have a story in Wednesday's Tribune— Steve Walentik (@Steve_Walentik) July 21, 2015
Carroll's understandably excited about joining the Raptors and not just because of his four-year, $60 million contract.— Steve Walentik (@Steve_Walentik) July 21, 2015
DeMarre Carroll: "Coach (Dwane) Casey basically said he had a man crush on me. That made me feel good for a coach to want you that bad."— Steve Walentik (@Steve_Walentik) July 21, 2015
Carroll is said he expects to have a bigger role in Raptors' offense and is eager to play with All-Stars Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan.— Steve Walentik (@Steve_Walentik) July 21, 2015
Carroll's grateful for time in Columbia, said it's important to have camp at a place that "gave you the opportunity to be where you’re at."— Steve Walentik (@Steve_Walentik) July 21, 2015
Barry making bank
New Missouri defensive coordinator Barry Odom's annual salary is $625,000, according to a Tuesday response to a public-records request submitted by the Tribune.
In an email, University of Missouri System Custodian of Records Paula Barrett wrote that Odom does not work under a contract with the university.
When asked about Odom's contract in March, Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin said, "He’s being paid. We certainly had agreed to certain terms regarding his joining us as a coordinator."
Kind of an odd arrangement here, but whatever.
It's preview season
Missouri's a little lower than middle of the pack in teams it gets at home, but those road games could be a big help when it comes to the rest of the East when compared to every team but Georgia, who also has its annual neutral site game with Florida.
Missouri's gone 10-0 on the road over the past two years. Georgia's gone 5-4. That could be a very telling stat when it comes to the East race this year.
20. BYU QB Taysom Hill; 6-2, 232-pounds
Hill may be the most electric quarterback Missouri will face all season, and he should be completely healed from a broken leg that ended his 2014 season early. He's a true-dual threat quarterback, and is one of the best in the nation in that regards. In six games last season, Hill threw for 975 yards and ran for 463 on 86 carries. He completed two-thirds of his passes, and had 15 total touchdowns. This was a year after he passed for 2,938 yards and ran for 1,344. What's most impressive about his truncated 2014 season was how much he improved his completion percentage -- 53.9-percent in 2013 to 66.7-percent in 2014. And while he's a dual-threat guy, he's more James Franklin than Johnny Manziel in terms of size, at 6-foot-2, 232-pounds.