First things first: best wishes to those in the San Diego area, including our own leghumpingjihadkiller, as they pick up the pieces from yesterday's 7.2 earthquake. Hopefully all is well for him and his family/friends. Now, on to a less important topic: links.
College Basketball Links
- ESPN.com: Is expansion really a good business move?
- Dan Shanoff: On NCAA Expansion to 96 Teams
- SPORTSbyBROOKS: What Could've Saved Us From 96 Team Madness
- NY Times: Weighing Benefits From Bigger NCAA Tournament
- Post-Dispatch: Gabbert hopes for more consistency next season
- Phil Steele: Incoming Freshmen: Top OL/DL (Nick Demien: #12 OL, Kony Ealy #36 DL, Lucas Vincent #67 DL)
Post-Dispatch: Butch Allison obituary
He received All Big 8 Honors his Sophomore, Junior and Senior year. He was also named 2nd string All American his junior year and received the game ball when MU was victorious over Oklahoma in November 1964. He finished his career at Missouri with a win at the 1966 Sugar Bowl where Missouri beat Florida. After the game four Missouri's seniors, including Butch were top draft choices claimed by the National Football League. The four seniors including Butch did not fly home with the team from the Sugar Bowl they remained in the South for the Senior Bowl game at Mobile, Alabama. Within a few hours after Mizzou (won the Sugar Bowl over Florida 20-18, 1/1/66) Allison, who broke his hand on the game's third play, was the first signee minutes after the locker room was opened to the press. Butch Allison signed a pro contract with the Baltimore Colts and later went on to play for the New Orleans Saints, always wearing bib number 70.
Mizzou Softball Links
KC Star: What if? Strong MU baseball and softball teams ponder switching leagues
Of course, no one in the Big Ten office or in the Missouri administration is going to ask Senne if Missouri should switch leagues, which has been the subject of speculation since the Big Ten announced it was considering expansion.
It is an admission that Missouri softball coach Ehren Earleywine makes as well.
"You’re the first reporter that’s actually asked my opinion of it," Earleywine said following the completion of a doubleheader sweep of St. Louis last week. "I’m flattered, but nobody’s going to ask me. I can guarantee you that."
No, if the Big Ten asks Mizzou to join, and if Missouri agrees, the pivotal question will not concern how that might benefit or hurt the Tigers’ baseball and softball programs — both of which have achieved national success in the highly competitive Big 12.
Earleywine isn’t sure how it might affect softball, particularly in recruiting.
"We can play in any conference we want, and we’re going to get good kids," said Earleywine, who took the Tigers to the College World Series last season and has the current squad ranked No. 4 in the softball coaches’ rankings.
"That’s never been a factor for me. I think baseball has said that, because Texas is a little bit bigger of a hotbed for them than it is for us."
Oklahoma State 8, Mizzou 3
Oklahoma State 1, Mizzou 0
MUtigers.com: Tigers Swept as Offense Sputters
The Missourian: Missouri drops doubleheader
The Trib: Lackluster play leaves MU with hollow feeling
The Trib: Former MU star Bradley helping ease softball pain
Mizzou Baseball Links
A piss-poor weekend on the diamond(s) was salvaged at least a bit by a nice, gritty comeback win for Tim Jamieson's Tigers.
Baylor 20, Mizzou 6
Baylor 7, Mizzou 3
MUtigers.com: Baylor Takes DH Sweep Over Tigers
The Missourian: Courageous pitching can't prevent sweep
SimmonsField.com: Game Day: "They just found holes"
Mizzou 13, Baylor 9
MUtigers.com: Opel's Three Doubles Carry Tigers to Comeback Win
The Missourian: Missouri's scrappy play helps avoid series sweep
Other Mizzou Links
So uhh ... we might be building a pretty hellacious golf program. Just so you know.