July 4, 2012
2012 Tiger Mailbag: 24th Edition
mexicojoe asks: Assuming everyone is healthy and there are no extraneous factors to consider (legal, disciplinary, personal family issues, etc) name your starting 11 on O & D
GD: On offense it would be Franklin, Lawrence (we know Josey won't be ready), Moe, Lucas, Washington, Waters (DGB by game 4 or 5 at the latest), Fisher, Ruth, Morse, Britt and Meiners. On defense, I'll go with Sam, Vincent, Richardson, Madison, Gooden, Ebner, Wilson, Gaines, Edwards, Walker and Webb. Honestly, I think that's pretty solid. Don't see much changing unless Evan Boehm is phenomenal in fall camp or DGB is ready to start game one.
mizzou_kev asks: Thought on the ku rivalry going forward? If there are no games played for the next decade will it even be a rivalry outside of the melting pot that is KC? Even there? If you think the rivalry will remain strong, outside of KC that is, how so if no games are being played?
GD: If there are no games played for a decade, it will fade into history. It will always be a little bit of a rivalry. Mizzou fans will root against Kansas and vice versa, but it can't be a rivalry if you don't play. It would be similar to what Alabama and Auburn were for a long time (They didn't play between 1907 and 1948). Each side will still hate each other, but without games, they can't be a rival. I personally believe they'll play again before a decade is gone. Five years or so. But even then, it won't be the same. It's not a conference game. It CAN'T be the same. There is absolutely no way that a non-conference game in any sport is EVER the most important game on your schedule. That's the one thing I loved about last year's basketball games. They were just so good, so entertaining, that it was a great way for a great rivalry to go out. Fans, especially in Kansas City, will still root for the other school to fail at everything
but they'll do it with a little less focus than they do now.
coltseavers asks: Do you think that the recently announced $100 million in facility upgrades were part of our deal to join the SEC? In other words, did Slive essentially say, "We would love to have you join the conference, but we want to see a certain level of current and continuing investment to ensure that your facilities are at the highest standards of college athletics."
GD: In a word, yes. I mean, I don't think they were told they had to have X amount of seats or a certain amount of money immediately, but I absolutely believe there were some conversations along the lines of, "We want you. You add value. But there are some things that you're going to have to show us if we're going to do this." And I think a commitment from the fanbase and administration not to stand still was one of those things.
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