Posted: 6:07 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2013
By Bill C.
And there’s also the matter of his loquacious personality — his "old-man football" comment before the Georgia game last September took on a life of its own — and his one-game suspension in a loss to Syracuse last November that likely cost Missouri a bowl berth.
Richardson said during Missouri’s pro day that teams have asked about the suspension, which sources told The Star were related to missed classes. He felt bad about it, he said, and left on good terms, otherwise.
"When I was in college, I wasn’t doing everything right," Richardson said. "But what I did as far as football-wise, I was the guy the team looked to. When it got nitty and gritty, I was the guy they needed and the guy they depended on."
Now he’s ready to take the next step, one that will not only benefit him, but his former school, as well.
"We wish him well — he did a lot of great things here," Pinkel said. "It’s awesome when you have a guy at the draft, man. That’s a pretty good situation."
Put it this way: for a variety of reasons (seventh home game revenue for the ADs, easier OOC scheduling for the coaches, for starters), let’s say the conference wants to stick with an eight-game format. But Slive is running into real resistance from his TV partners about throwing more money into the broadcast deal without being given more product. If you won’t offer CBS and ESPN quantity, why not offer quality as a compromise by offering to rejigger the cross-division schedules on a regular basis in order to cherry pick the best East-West matchups? The best way to do that is by not getting too far ahead of things timewise. Sticking to a three-year framework should give the SEC a handle on which programs will likely be the most attractive viewing options.
If you’re a coach running a top ten conference program, this sort of arrangement would be a downer for your hopes of winning the SEC and maybe playing for something bigger. But it would make for better TV. Hmm… wonder who wins that battle.