Matter mentioning Franklin gave me an opportunity to share this wonderful spring game photo from Bill Carter...
Judging by the comments thread, I think a lot of you already saw this, but here's EDSBS' take on the Bruce Walker arrest, just in case you missed it...
Mizzou Football Links
The Trib: Something to gain, something to lose
1. James Franklin, quarterback: Barring injury to junior Blaine Gabbert, this true freshman won’t crack the starting lineup this season. But he can still have an impact on the 2010 Tigers. From Corinth, Texas, the former prep star climbed the depth chart in the spring and opens camp as the No. 2 quarterback — though he figures to be the eventual successor to Gabbert as the No. 1, whether that’s in 2011 or 2012, depending on Gabbert’s NFL draft stock next spring. Missouri has established a trend in giving true freshman quarterbacks playing time off the bench — both Chase Daniel and Gabbert saw action as first-year reserves — and in Franklin, the Tigers might have a player talented enough to keep the chains moving should Gabbert suffer an injury like last year’s sprained ankle. A strong preseason would solidify Franklin’s role as the top backup and give the staff no choice but to play him this season.
- The Missourian: New football season brings new questions for Tigers
- PowerMizzou: 2010 pre-camp season prediction
- PowerMizzou: Zo Knows: Lorenzo Williams' 2010 Camp Preview
- Examiner.com: Ex-Tigers making noise as NFL training camps open
- Corn Nation: Previewing the 2010 Missouri Tigers
Big 12 Football Links
Only Marginally Big 12-Related, Really, but Interesting...
Smart Football: Nick Saban breaking down film
Smart Football: Nick Saban on defending the wildcat
Dr. Saturday: Raider QB shocked (shocked!) that Leach ignored the D
Mizzou Basketball Links
MUtigers.com: Big Steeeeeve! The Travler
The Fastest 40 Blog: Steve Moore... Most Interesting Tiger in the World
Sports-Reference.com: The Top 31 College Basketball Programs of the Last 31 Years (Part II)
21. Missouri Tigers (+12.77 SRS)
Record: 645-348 (.650)
Prominent Coaches: Norm Stewart, Quin Snyder
Best NCAA Finish: Lost Regional Final (1994, 2002, 2009)
Mizzou are nothing if not the masters of cranking out solid seasons. Under Norm Stewart from 1980-99, their average national rank in SRS was 34.1, they only finished outside the top 40 six times, they were in their conference’s top 3 in SRS 10 times, they won 20+ games 13 times, and they went to 14 NCAA tournaments. Then-wunderkind coach Quin Snyder initially provided more of the same after taking over for Stewart in ‘99-00, guiding the Tigers to 4 NCAA berths during his first 4 seasons in Columbia, peaking with 24 wins and a regional final loss in 2002. And even though Snyder’s magic wore off as his career progressed, his successor Mike Anderson has provided his own solid results in recent years, going 54-18 over the past 2 seasons. Missouri has never been to a Final Four despite knocking on the door multiple times, but they have a strong history of putting themselves in a position to get there. If the Tigers’ next 31 years are anything like the last 31, they will eventually have their breakthrough.
Big 12 Basketball Links
- ESPN.com College Basketball Blog: Get ready for the APR online database
- ESPN.com College Basketball Blog: Bill Self: Mid-majors best at evaluation
ESPN.com College Basketball Blog: Fred Hoiberg's picture-perfect reunion
Other Mizzou Links
The Trib: Report says Tigers hire baseball aide
MUtigers.com: Volleyball Opens Practice Monday