July 25, 2012
2012 Tiger Mailbag: 25th Edition
Each Wednesday, PowerMizzou.com publisher Gabe DeArmond will answer questions from subscribers in our Tiger Mailbag. This feature will allow for longer, more in-depth answers than you may get on the message board on a daily basis. To have your question in next week's mailbag, send an email to Gabe at firstname.lastname@example.org. On to this week's inquiries:
mizzou_kev asks: If Mizzou wins the East, the following 5 things will have happened....?
GD: First and foremost, they'll have won more games than the rest of the teams. Now that my unfunny jokes are out of the way, here are my answers:
1. James Franklin is a serious candidate for all-SEC honors and at worst second-team
2. Either Big 12 offenses look a whole lot better to everyone or Big 12 defenses don't look quite so bad
3. Kendial Lawrence and Marcus Murphy will have combined for 1,000 yards
4. Missouri will have won at South Carolina and at home against Georgia. Figuring the home game against Bama as a likely loss, I don't see how the Tigers can lose either of those other games and have a real shot at the division
5. The SEC and most national media will have been served one hell of an appetizer of humble pie
jncatch asks: If you're the Big XII commish and head coach of every football team, do you want Mizzou to have success in its first year in the SEC? If yes, it shows that the Big XII offense would work against the SEC (an argument against OSU in the title game last year). If not, how much do you hate Mizzou?
GD: It's a real interesting question. First of all, let me say, in my position, I don't much care. It doesn't matter to me who wins the Big 12. I don't cover it. I didn't pay much attention to Nebraska last year. I guess my approach then was that I didn't want the Huskers to win the conference, but I wasn't rooting for them to fall on their faces either. I think the best case scenario from that perspective would be for Missouri to go in and do well (nine wins or so), but not to win the league. Honestly, though, I don't think the coaches and the commish care all that much one way or another (especially Bowlsby because he wasn't in the league when Missouri was). I think opposing Big 12 fans (and a lot of media) will be rooting like hell against Mizzou.
eebtz3 asks: Say Mizzou does well enough in its first year to grab a spot in the Cotton Bowl. Which team from the Big Twelve would you like to see play Mizzou?
GD: I'd say Kansas State, but they just went to the Cotton a year ago. Why not West Virginia? It's a fun team to watch. Plus, we could get an idea if there is any truth to the talk out of the Big 12 that the league is better with the Mountaineers and Frogs than it was with the Tigers and Aggies.
777mospirit asks: Why all the heavy turnowver in our BB coaching ranks? CFH is responsible for vetting these coaches is he failing to ask the right questions? The hired coaches may be haven't thought through their plans? We seem to have a lot of instability which we haven't experienced on a while.
GD: I'm not sure. There are reasonable explanations for every one. Chew got a big promotion (and then another one). Nestor went to work for his old boss and there was some talk that Missouri was fine with getting a guy who would do a bit more recruiting anyway. Miller got a huge raise. If you had each situation happen independently, nobody would be concerned. However, I understand why people are a little curious since all three happened in the same year. I honestly don't believe it's anything more than a confluence of strange circumstances back to back to back. But I do think it's fair to ask what's going on.
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