A couple of the links below were in FanShots yesterday, but at this point the FanShots are coming in heavy enough that I wanted to make sure nobody missed a couple of them...
- MUtigers.com: Mizzou-Oklahoma Game Sold Out
- The Trib: Tigers alter Brewer Breakfast schedule
- Post-Dispatch: Even more from ESPN on MU campus Saturday
- KC Star: Mizzou will be the center of the college football universe Saturday
- The Missourian: PHOTO GALLERY: Preparations for MU Homecoming parade, 'College GameDay' begin
Mizzou Football Links
ESPN.com: Missouri Tigers must embrace or ignore streak to beat Oklahoma Sooners
Inside the six-month cocoon in which football coaches reside, winning streaks do not exist as their own entity. They are a creation of the outside world. The struggle for coaches is to keep their young, impressionable players within the walls of that cocoon.
"You have fans and sportswriters who are there for years and look at the current players like they have something to do with what happened before they got there," said Bob Rotella, a pioneer in sports psychology. "There are guys in the NBA who have no idea who Bill Russell is. They don't know what happened 10 years ago. The [past] gets thrown in their face. It's an issue. That's why coaches say: Don't read the papers. Take care of yourself. Let your mothers and girlfriends take care of that and you can read it in later years."
Coaches who instruct their players to focus on themselves have the right idea. But that takes a mental discipline that must be developed. The players may or may not be aware of the history of the rivalry. But they know which teams are dominant. And they know which teams did not recruit them.
"Let's say everybody on Missouri's team wanted to play for Oklahoma, and Oklahoma laughs and says, 'You're not good enough,'" Rotella said. "They go to Missouri and now they've got to play Oklahoma. Once in a while, they get determined and go back there and beat them.
"I see it in basketball in the ACC. Guys want to play for Duke or for North Carolina. They weren't talented enough for them. Next year, they've got to go play them and beat them. The effect is, they're trying too hard, they're caring too much and they're trying to impress the coaches."
- The Trib: Early struggles were motivation for MU's Wes Kemp
- PowerMizzou: On an island
- Post-Dispatch: Brad Madison may have to step aside for Aldon Smith
- The Missourian: Marcus Murphy finds his place as kick returner for Missouri
- KC Star: Punter Matt Grabner is a big weapon for Mizzou
- PowerMizzou: Powered Up: Pinkel's big hurdle
Fox Sports MW: Mizzou's defense could be decider vs. Sooners
KOMU.com: Mizzou Defense Gets Tested Saturday Against Oklahoma
KBIA Sports Extra: VIDEO: Experience and trust key for Dave Steckel's defense
- The Trib (Dave Matter): Behind the Numbers: Tigers-Sooners
- PowerMizzou: Scouting the Sooners
- ESPN.com (Blog): No. 1 Sooners still have plenty to prove
- Post-Dispatch: Oklahoma quick to rebound from off year
- Tulsa World (Dandy Dave Sittler): OU-Mizzou has the makings of a hated rivalry
- Post-Dispatch: Mizzou over Oklahoma ... here's how
- Post-Dispatch: Ex-Sooner McCoy predicts blowout victory over Tigers
- The Trib (Dave Matter): Oklahoma governor denies Nixon's wager
Fanhouse.com (Fantasy Football): Danario Ready to Make 'The Leap'
The Missourian: Four knee operations later, Alexander stars in NFL
KC Star (Chiefs Blog): Chiefs sign former Missouri player Atiyyah Ellison
Big 12 Links
SB Nation: Nebraska Fans Putting Loss to Texas in Historical Context
Lincoln Journal-Star: An aerial showdown
Lincoln Journal-Star: Bracing for balance
Omaha World-Herald: Brown says resilient Huskers ready for next challenge
Omaha World-Herald: New system is a rush for OSU's Kendall Hunter
Double-T Nation: Offensive Matchups | Texas Tech vs. Colorado
CUbuffs.com: Tuberville's Team Trying to Find Its Legs
Dallas Morning News: Bill Snyder praises Baylor QB Robert Griffin III (damn straight he does)
Topeka Capital-Journal: K-State focused on BU's Griffin
Rock Chalk Talk: Texas A&M Preview: Can We Even Keep It Close...
Dallas Morning News: A&M grad and CNN commentator Roland Martin blasts Mike Sherman hire
Dallas Morning News: Blame for Aggies lack of offense falls on multiple shoulders
Dallas Morning News: Mack Brown calls for Longhorn fans to come early, be loud and stay late
Other Mizzou Links
SimmonsField.com: Mizzou in the Majors: Ian vs. the Yankees
The Missourian: Missouri soccer team: ready, set ... dodgeball?
Mizzou Women's Basketball
KC Star: MU women's team seek to rebuild under new coach
SI.com (Stewart Mandel): Perceived conference strength helps SEC teams in polls