In the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Joe Strauss laments the inability of Missouri and St. Louis to keep elite talent home.
He has a point, but we disagree with him on one thing: yes, Missouri and St. Louis aren't Kentucky and Louisville, but that's the wrong analogy.
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What those schools could be are Memphis and Arkansas.
Memphis has never been an elite program, or maybe one should say has never been in an elite conference.
However, the Tigers have been able to recruit home talent for decades. There are years when the roster is made up almost entirely of players within a 100-mile range of Memphis.
Under Nolan Richardson, Arkansas muscled in, but Memphis easily has enough talent for two programs.
So does St. Louis. Missouri and St. Louis have never figured out how to tap it effectively, but that's not to say it can't happen.