Mizzou Football Links
The Trib (Dave Matter): Writer's Block: San Diego State
BTS: Why has this program struggled so much the last decade or so? With the tradition/history there, the San Diego weather, the progress of the Mountain West Conference, I'd think recruiting to SDSU would be easier than it's proven to be. What gives?
Gemmell: An hour and a half up the road you have two Pac-10 programs that offer all the same amenities — plus tradition, national TV appearances, BCS money and bowl games. I think coaching and some poor recruiting had a lot to do with it as well. Previous coaches went for the home run recruits and failed when they couldn't deliver what USC, UCLA, Stanford or Cal could offer in-state. This coaching staff is looking for athletes that they can plug into positions when they get on campus.
- The Trib (Dave Matter): Traffic & TV updates for the weekend
- The Missourian: Unique defense will challenge Mizzou
KC Star: San Diego State loves to throw the ball but is wary of Missouri's defense
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou focuses on sports psychology to get a mental edge (REALLY interesting article)
"My concern and my issue was we don't focus well enough, and I think that's kind of typical of kids nowadays," he said. "That's just what you kind of get. It's a lot different than it used to be, for whatever reason. (If) you guys can figure that out, (then) send me an e-mail. But the bottom line is just frustration of not getting kids to focus."
Lending emphasis to his point, he said, "All's I talk about is focus, focus, focus, focus, focus, focus. Finally, I'm tired of talking about it."
Serendipitously enough, as Pinkel was realizing the word was not enough and became conscious of national champ Alabama's reliance on mental training, that very asset was presenting itself in the form of longtime track coach and sports psychology pioneer Rick McGuire.
His retirement from coaching in the spring was enabling him to take on a fresh role as director of sports psychology.
With the guidance of McGuire and partner Jim Reardon, what started with summer sessions for players through assistant athletics director for athletic performance Pat Ivey has morphed into a new mind-set for MU coaches and players who believe what was lacking a year ago has become a strength.
- The Missourian: Getting physical with Aldon Smith
- Big 12 Sports: Missouri Spotlight: James Franklin
- The Trib: Michael Sam rises in Tigers' defense
- PowerMizzou: Josh Tatum's debut a long time coming
- KBIA Sports Extra: VIDEO: Can Michael Egnew be the next great Missouri tight end?
- PowerMizzou: 2010 Tiger Mailbag: 18th Edition
Big 12 Links
- Tulsa World: The best and worst of media in football season
- Dallas Morning News: Talented set of backs spark Big 12's rushing rebirth
Dr. Saturday: Upset Bait: Welcome back, 'Horns, to the usual Lubbock cauldron
Burnt Orange Nation: Texas vs Texas Tech: The Enemy Speaks
Austin American-Statesman: Two plays and two Texas players who have left them behind
Dallas Morning News: New-look Texas Tech defense could pose big problems for Texas
ESPN.com (Pat Forde): Constant Eyes of Texas
Topeka Capital-Journal: Are chips stacked for KU?
Topeka Capital-Journal: Kale Pick's playing time TBD for KU
KC Star: KU and its transformed defense face Golden Eagles' spread offense
KC Star: Daniel Thomas finds redemption in football
Corn Nation: Huskers vs Huskies: A Series History
Clone Chronicles: Farmageddon 2010 Preview
Wide Right Natty Lite: It's Bigger Than Football: It's FARMAGEDDON! (via BOTC)
Tulsa World: OU wide receivers improved, thanks to Jay Norvell
MUtigers.com: Laurence Bowers First Pitch Video
And yes, in case you didn't notice in FanShots, Marcus Denmon is now on Twitter. You know what to do.
Other Mizzou Links
MMA Junkie: Lyman Good vs. Ben Askren welterweight title fight added to Bellator 33 in Philly
MUtigers.com: Tigers Return Home to Face No. 11 ISU
KBIA Sports Extra: On-the-floor reflections from Missouri's 3-0 win against Texas Tech
The Missourian: Missouri soccer team benefits from practicing with men's club
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Gymnastics Gets Back on the Grind
MUtigers.com: Softball to Host Free Pitching Clinic