Mizzou Links, 5-7-10

A surprisingly strong set of links this morning after yesterday's barren slate...thank you, bowl schedule and expansion talk!

Mizzou Football Links

Other Football Links

  • ESPN.com: 2010-11 bowl schedule
    Insight Bowl (December 28, 10pm EST, ESPN)
    Big Ten vs Big 12

    Texas Bowl (December 29, 6pm EST, ESPN)
    Big Ten vs Big 12

    Valero Alamo Bowl (December 29, 9:15pm EST, ESPN)
    Big 12 vs Pac-10

    New Era Pinstripe (December 30, 3:20pm EST, ESPN)
    Big East vs Big 12

    Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl (December 30, 10pm EST, ESPN)
    Big 12 vs Pac-10

    Dallas Football Classic (January 1, 12pm EST, ESPN)
    Big Ten vs Big 12

    Rose Bowl (January 1, 4:30pm EST, ESPN)
    BCS vs BCS

    Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (January 1, 8:30pm EST, ESPN)
    BCS vs BCS

    Orange Bowl (January 3, 8:00pm EST, ESPN)
    BCS vs BCS

    Allstate Sugar Bowl (January 4, 8:00pm EST, ESPN)
    BCS vs BCS

    AT&T Cotton Bowl (January 7, 8:00pm EST, FOX)
    Big 12 vs SEC

    Tostitos BCS National Championship Game (January 10, 8:00pm, ESPN)
    BCS #1 vs BCS #2
    January 10?? Oy. Meanwhile, three matchups with the Big 10 and only one with the SEC.
  • College Football Talk: Insight Bowl moves up in Big 12's bowl pecking order
  • ESPN.com: Huskers' rise key to Big 12 balancing act

Mizzou Basketball Links

  • PowerMizzou: Tiger class rises in rankings
    Rivals.com: Five teams enter team recruiting rankings
  • Big 12 Sports: Big 12 Coordinator Curtis Shaw to Head Men's Basketball Officiating Consortium

Other Mizzou Links

  • Mizzou Baseball
    MUtigers.com: Missouri to Face Rival Kansas
    SimmonsField.com: Game Day, MU @ KU: Jayhawk Down
    SimmonsField.com: Mizzou Baseball Quotes & Notes
    The Missourian: Player gives up dream to become leader for Missouri baseball team

    It’s not often that someone has the chance to have such a dream come true, but Senne was drafted by the Twins not once, but twice. He was picked in the 13th round out of high school in 2006 and again after his junior year in the 32nd round in 2009.

    Even more rare than having your dream come true twice is deciding to turn it down, but Senne did so both times. It’s not because his dream changed, but it’s because he knew he had to do what’s best for him in the long run.

    Coming out of high school, Senne wanted to go to college, which made his decision easy the first time. Last year, it wasn’t so easy. Senne was coming off his worst season at Missouri and his draft stock dropped because of it. He saw teammates he came in with leaving, but he decided against it.

    Senne said he might have considered leaving if the Twins had made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.

  • Mizzou Soccer
    MUtigers.com: Soccer Adds Transfer from Clemson

Other

  • Expansion?
    Chicago Tribune: Big Ten expansion Q&A
    In a Big Ten expansion, how will the divisions play out? Geographically and historically, Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State are the best teams. Could they possibly be split up? Jack, Chicago

    That is so tough to predict. A 14-team league with Mizzou, Nebraska and Rutgers could look like this … EAST: Rutgers, Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, Purdue. WEST: Northwestern, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Mizzou, Nebraska. The division winners would play for the Big Ten title. Rather tidy.

    If the Big Ten splits into four, there would seemingly be no way to maintain all the rivalries. Best guess would have EAST: Rutgers, Syracuse, UConn and Penn State; WEST: Nebraska, Mizzou, Illinois, Iowa' NORTH: Northwestern, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan State; SOUTH: Ohio State, Purdue, Indiana and Michigan. Ann Arbor is not exactly tropical, I know, but you'd have to assure a Wolverines- Buckeyes matchup every year.

    Bottom line, I would not project a split into four divisions because what, then, do you do with the four champions? Delany is as anti-playoff as anyone in America, so it's not as if he'll want to create a potential scenario with semifinal AND championship conference games.
    Rock Chalk Talk: The Vision and How We Get There
    CBS Sports (Dennis Dodd): 10 spring stories: Expansion talk, Kiffin at USC, Kelly in South Bend
  • Partnership?
    ESPN.com: Expansion? What about a Pac-10-Big 12 partnership?
    Big 12 and Pac-10 administrators and athletic directors met Wednesday in Phoenix, and afterwards Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott used terms like "strategic alliance" and "pooling TV rights" and "joint network."

    None of it sounded terribly adversarial.

    Both conferences' media contracts expire after the 2011-12 academic year. Both want -- need -- to sign new contracts that help them keep pace with the SEC and Big Ten.

    That might take some creativity, though a rebounding economy should help the cause. There are plenty of reasons the conferences could work together, starting with geography: They are the only two BCS conferences entirely located west of the Mississippi River. It would be easier for the Pac-10 to partner with a conference in the Mountain and Central time zones, rather than one that's entirely in the East, such as the ACC.
    Dallas Morning News: Big 12, Pac-10 officials talking possible alliance
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