It just wouldn’t be summer without a little recruiting drama, and we have it, thanks to a player kicked off his team after a string of legal incidents. I know what you’re thinking: who would have thought?
The drama began yesterday when 24/7 sports reported that Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was “likely” coming to Eastern Illinois. Being a top prospect, this is big news, especially to Green-Beckham’s father. About an hour later, his dad said his son was “a little ‘mortified’ to be linked” to Eastern Illinois. According to Eastern Illinois sports information director Richard Moser, Green-Beckham hasn’t been released from Missouri yet, so the school couldn’t comment.
The ‘mortified’ quote seems fairly bad, but remember that it also came from his father, who is obviously looking out for his best interest. And Green-Beckham’s best interest is to keep the door open as long as possible, and not be ‘linked’ to a school until he’s sure that’s where he wants to go. He’s almost certainly going to the FCS, else he’ll be forced to sit out a year.
The 24/7 report also mentioned that former Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow is EIU bound. If so, he may sit a year on that team behind former New Mexico quarterback Andrew Manley.
The last true ‘threat’ to OVC coaches is expected to be filled sometime today. The Clarion-Ledger reports that Stephen F. Austin head coach Brad Underwood has been offered, and will accept the head coaching opening at Southern Miss. After it’s filled, four Division I head coaching positions will remain open, but it’s hard to see any targeting OVC coaches.
That means the coaching carousel will come to the end with a pair of coaching changes. Looking a year into the future, what coaching changes could we see? The same three, Steve Prohm, Jeff Neubauer, and Sean Woods will likely be sought after for any openings next season. On the low end? Dickie Nutt recently got a two-year extension, and is probably safe for those two seasons. Lennox Forrester has yet to have a .500-plus season in Division I, but I’m not sure what the expectation is for a team making the transition. And I really don’t think things are bad enough in Clarksville yet to put any real pressure on Dave Loos. Barring a disastrous Tennessee State-like season, I wouldn’t be surprised if there were zero firings, meaning it’s just the top end of the spectrum that could be moving to greener pastures next summer.
We don’t talk often about baseball here, but Southeast Missouri dropped a heartbreaker yesterday to Missouri. The Redhawks took a 5-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning, but gave up two runs in the frame. In the bottom of the 11th, Missouri’s Eric Anderson hit a triple into left field. The relay throw to third went into the stands, allowing the game-winning run. Even so, a good showing against an SEC opponent, a conference that’s expected to easily lead the nation in postseason teams this season.