Mizzou Football (and Big 12) Links
- The Trib: Big 12 schools rethink schedules (in case you missed it in FanPosts)
PowerMizzou: Ten Tigers to watch: #3
- ESPN.com: Fresh Faces: Missouri
College Football Talk: Another starting Jayhawk lineman goes down with an injury
MGoBlog (The Mathlete): How valuable are returning starters and what positions are they most valuable at
Offensive LineThis is what I have found as well. It seems counter-intuitive, but returning starters on the OL just does not carry much weight. That's why teams like Texas Tech, Tennessee and Oklahoma State managed to do pretty well in our Football Outsiders projections. I think being able to tie them to how many of the departed starters were draft picks, or high draft picks, might be able to start telling us something, but so far, simple correlations between returning OL starters and next year's success are strangely limited.
This was one of the hot theories going into last year, even sparking a Wall Street Journal article singing its praises. The hidden secret to success was returning offensive line starts.
What did I find, not that much. I found that like quarterbacks, if you are in the bottom 20% of returning starters, your offense is in trouble, but beyond that, there wasn't much fire to the smoke. Among the top 8 deciles, there was almost no correlation between returning OL starts and offensive success. In fact, the top 20% of teams in returning starts were on average worse offensively in 2009 than in 2008.
Mizzou Basketball Links
NBA.com: Summer League: Memphis 67, Milwaukee 64 (Not JYD's finest hour)
Other Mizzou Links
The Missourian: Disc golf, MMA keeping Ben Askren busy
MUtigers.com: Meet Alex Charlebois
MUtigers.com: Rebecca Wilmes Promoted to Head Cross Country Coach (Her husband Jared was head coach until recently, when he resigned to, I guess, pursue other endeavors)