Our annual reveal of the Missouri State athletics survey concludes with a combination of our new miscellaneous survey along with the second year of our baseball questionnaire.
Just over 110 voters submitted responses for our miscellaneous survey while a majority voiced their displeasure in some aspects of the athletics department. Our baseball survey received just under 75 votes as they looked back on a shortened 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Here are the results, along with a few anonymous comments:
How satisfied are you with the direction of the athletics program under Kyle Moats?
- Very unsatisfied – 33%
- Unsatisfied – 28.4%
- Satisfied – 19.3%
- Even – 17.4%
- Very satisfied – 1.9%
“Although I do think he gives out contract extensions a little early. I do like where the program is going.” — Person who responded “satisfied”
“It seems like we have gone downhill as a department in key sports. There is a general lack of interest in the program. The everyday fan no longer feels the pride that used to come with being a fan of MSU.” — Person who responded “unsatisfied”
“He lets things go bad for too long before he takes action. He also said he was keeping the football coach, then a month later fired him. Untrustworthy.” — Person who responded “unsatisfied”
“He let Steckel and Luck (sic) stay too long. The contracts he signed with them were poison pills for MSU” — Person who responded “even”
How confident are you in how MSU athletics will respond to COVID-19?
- Even – 40%
- Confident – 25.5%
- Very unconfident – 14.5%
- Unconfident – 13.6%
- Very confident – 6.4%
“Not less confident than other similar schools – very worried about budget and travel constraints moving forward.” — Person who responded “even”
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“Clif seems to be doing great. He waits for facts to come out before he makes decisions. He wants what is best for the University, and he understands that having students back on campus is best overall. If that ends up being impossible to do, I trust he will make the right decision. I don’t think Moats has much say in these things, even in athletics.” — Person who responded “confident”
How satisfied were you in how MSU handled the Melissa Stokes investigation?
- Very unsatisfied – 41.7%
- Unsatisfied – 28.7%
- Even – 15.7%
- Satisfied – 12%
- Very satisfied – 1.9%
“School turned their back on her, lack of communication on all parts” — Person who responded ” very unsatisfied”
“Seems like there’s more to the story than the minor violations that MSU is hiding behind. Does not make the athletics department look very good” — Person who responded “very unsatisfied”
How would you grade the hiring of Steven McRoberts?
- C – 52.5%
- B – 27.7%
- A – 9.9%
- D – 5.9%
- F – 4%
“Hard to follow Stokes and her success.” — Person who graded D
Do you think Lily Johnson’s No. 17 should be retired by the volleyball program?
“It would give the fans a feel good moment. It is also a tribute to the tutelage of Coach Stokes. I believe it will be a long time before MSU volleyball has any new positive experiences.” — Person who responded with “yes”
“She and Jackie Stiles the two most accomplished athletes (male or female) in MSU history. Stiles has a statue; the least they can do is retire Johnson’s jersey.” — Person who responded with “yes”
What frustrates you the most about MSU athletics?
Multiple responses included:
- Marketing department
- Lack of fans in the stands
- Success for football and men’s basketball
“Out of touch with fans. Out of touch with the students.”
“Just the lack of fan support, and the unwillingness of the athletic department to address changes that need to be made (football especially)”
“It’s a status-quo program. It tries to do the same things that it’s done for 20-30 years and expecting something to change. The Petrino hire is probably the first true risk taken in the past ten years. There’s no attempt to sell more tickets or to attract a younger audience to the games beyond the usual. And every time something fails, there’s no one to take responsibility.”
What do you like about MSU athletics the most?
Multiple responses included:
- Past success
- Personality of current coaches
- Hometown team
- Personalities of student-athletes
“I like that it shows that the school is trying and putting in an effort to put out a good program.”
“It’s the best shot we have at major high level basketball without having to drive 2+ hours. That’s what I miss most about living in a major market from a sports perspective is professional and/or high level college basketball to attend live.”
“I like that we have a lot of good athletes who are good students and members of the community, and the sense of family. I like that we have made efforts to have strong women’s athletics.”
How would you grade the MSU baseball season?
- C – 44.9%
- B -21.7%
- D – 17.4%
- F – 11.6%
- A – 4.4%
2019 survey: D 42%, F 40%, C 15%, B 3%
How satisfied are you in the current direction of the program?
- Satisfied – 31.4%
- Very satisfied- 24.3%
- Even – 20%
- Unsatisfied – 18.6%
- Very unsatisfied – 5.7
2019 survey: Satisfied 35%, Even 30%, Very satisfied 19%, Unsatisfied 10%, Very unsatisfied 6%
Where did you see MSU baseball finishing in 2020?
- MVC Tournament exit – 70.4%
- NCAA Regional – 25.4%
- NCAA Super Regional – 4.2%
How would you grade Keith Guttin’s career?
- A – 72.4%
- B – 20.8%
- C – 4.2%
- D – 1.3%
- F – 1.3%
2019 results: A 71%, B 25%, C 4%
How would you grade the talent on the roster?
- B – 48.5%
- C – 38.2%
- D – 7.4%
- A – 5.9%
2019 results: C 44%, B 33%, D 13%, F 6%, A 4%
Would you spend money to attend an MSU baseball game in 2021?
2019 results: Yes 80%, No 20%
Wyatt D. Wheeler is a reporter and columnist with the Springfield News-Leader. You can contact him at 417-371-6987, by email at email@example.com or join the conversation on Twitter where his handle is @WyattWheeler_NL. You can also sign up for his free “Bears Beat” newsletter by subscribing on News-Leader.com.