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Missouri can ill-afford to lose momentum

Posted on: August 18, 2011 4:48 pm
Edited on: August 18, 2011 4:55 pm
 

By Jeff Goodman

I hadn't really given it much thought until Steve Walentik of the Columbia Daily Tribune reminded me of how many scholarships Missouri has open for the Class of 2012.

Eight.

No matter what happens with Missouri coach Frank Haith and the impending NCAA investigation in the wake of the allegations by convicted felon Nevin Shapiro, the Tigers will take a hit.

No one preys on negative situations like this one better than college basketball coaches.

They'll all use it against everyone that Haith and his staff are involved with from a recruiting standpoint - and this could crush any chance Haith had of putting together a mammoth class that wound continue the momentum the program has built under Mike Anderson and will continue to build with a strong team this season.

Walentik's story goes into more detail - and no, I'm not just linking to it because he quotes me, either (but that does, however, aid his case). 

There are seven seniors on the roster - and there's significant pressure for the Tigers to re-load in order to stay competitive towards the top of the Big 12.

That's not going to be easy with the cloud that's hanging over Haith right now. 

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