Mizzou Links, 10-24-11

Mizzou needed more from Richardson and the Mizzou defense a little earlier than they got it.

It's a MIZZOUEXPANSIONAPALOOZA™-free zone today, which can only mean one thing: there's more stuff about realignment coming later in the day. But for now, here's (mostly) talk of only things that happen on a field or a court.

Mizzou Football Links

  • OSU
    The Trib (Dave Matter): Emptying the Notebook: Not a luck thing

    Let's not leave Missouri's defense out of the blame game. The Tigers made a handful of momentum-swinging stops Saturday and held OSU to less than 10 yards on six different possessions. But it took almost a quarter and a half for the defense to come alive. It's no coincidence it started with some bursts from the defensive line, a group that's underachieved through the first half of the regular season. Brad Madison, my pick for preseason defensive player of the year, had two tackles and didn't get much heat on the quarterback. In his first career start, Sheldon Richardson didn't notch his first and only tackle until midway through the fourth quarter. Linebacker Zaviar Gooden, a preseason All-Big 12 pick, led MU with nine tackles, but you're not seeing the junior make the kind of game-changing plays he made occasionally last year and were expected of him this year. The same goes for both safety positions. Outside of cornerback E.J. Gaines, I'm not seeing a defender attack the ball in the air.

    At this point, if I'm filling out a two-deep All-Big 12 ballot, my Missouri defensive candidates are Gaines and perhaps nose guard Dominique Hamilton, who quietly leads all Big 12 interior linemen with 33 tackles. Madison and linebacker Andrew Wilson could make a push with some more production in the coming weeks.

    Among Big 12 teams, Missouri still ranks third in scoring defense (23.9) and fourth in total defense (365.7), but only three teams have forced fewer turnovers than MU's 11. Plus, the Tigers have the league's worst third-down defense.

    We Are Mizzou: Mizzou vs. OSU
    Cowboys Ride For Free: Oklahoma State Defeats Missouri; Some Rambling Reflections
  • A&M Up Next
    San Antonio Express-News: Mizzou digs up bad memories for Aggies
  • Recruiting
    PowerMizzou: Following the Future

Other Football Links

Mizzou Basketball Links

When they announced at the OSU game that Kim English had led the way at the previous night's Black & Gold scrimmage with 27 points, somebody in the stands behind us said, "27? Pssh. That's more than he's going to score all season." Call me crazy, but I think this squad still has some work to do in the "winning back the fanbase" category after last season's collapse. Never mind all the awful luck/news Missouri may have had since then -- this was still a rather awful team in March.

(That, and Mizzou fans are crabby jerks sometimes.)

Other Basketball Links

Other Mizzou Links

Congrats to Whit Babcock for being named the new Cincy athletic director. Mike Alden's administration here at Mizzou has produced some high-quality executives at this point. Also ... congrats to the soccer team for a crazy comeback win over KU. Nothing like being down 2-0 to your main rival with six minutes left and winning anyway.

  • The Trib: MU's Babcock hired as Cincinnati athletic director
  • Mizzou Soccer
    MUtigers.com: MU Earns 3-2 Comeback Win Over KU
    The Missourian: Missouri soccer seniors lead thrilling comeback against Kansas
    The Trib: Missouri stages stunning rally, defeats Kansas
    KBIA Sports Extra: Mizzou shocks Kansas with three late goals
    The Missourian: Mini Mizzou spices up Missouri win over Kansas
  • Mizzou Volleyball
    MUtigers.com: Volleyball Falls at No. 10 Texas
  • Mizzou Baseball
    SimmonsField.com: Mizzou in the Majors: Ian Kinsler the Catalyst
    MUtigers.com: Baseball Presents Check to Joplin Little League
    MUtigers.com: Black Tops Gold in Game Three, 2-1
  • Mizzou Women's Basketball
    MUtigers.com: Big 12 Media Day: Pingeton and Simmons
  • Mizzou Tennis
    MUtigers.com: A Day in the Life of a Missouri Tennis Player
  • Mizzou Gymnastics
    MUtigers.com: Tiger Performance Complex Grand Opening
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