KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 21: Jerian Grant #22 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish battles Phil Pressey #1 of the Missouri Tigers for a loose ball during the Progressive CBE Classic game on November 21, 2011 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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- Mizzou 87, Notre Dame 58
MUtigers.com: No. 21 Missouri Dominates Notre Dame, 87-58 in Semifinals of CBE Classic
MUtigers.com: Postgame Notes
MUtigers.com: Postgame Quotes
One Foot Down: #21 Missouri Overwhelms Notre Dame
The Trib: MU backcourt overwhelms Irish
The Missourian: Missouri speeds past Notre Dame
KC Star: Missouri dominates Notre Dame in CBE Classic
KC Star: Missouri-Notre Dame notes
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou takes the fight out of the Irish
PowerMizzou: Defense, Marcus Denmon roll Irish
PowerMizzou: PHOTOS: The baseline view
KBIA Sports Extra: Mizzou men are for real: Notches "impressive" win over Notre Dame
Fox Sports MW: Senior guard Denmon leads Tigers past Irish
ESPN.com CBB Blog: Rapid Reaction: Missouri 87, Notre Dame 58
ESPN.com CBB Blog: Brey on Mizzou-ND: 'Men against boys'
Chicago Tribune: Missouri hands Notre Dame 1st loss in a runaway
Mizzou Football Links
So Evan Boehm is, for now at least, no longer a Mizzou commitment. That is, I believe, either three or four decommits over the past few weeks. There are two reactions you can take here:
1) Recruiting is falling apart, and Mizzou is doomed.
2) Wait and see.
I assume you know which one I am going to take. First, we should acknowledge that the move to the SEC has potentially had some negative short-term consequences that we didn't necessarily expect. Well, the move to the SEC, combined with a 4-5 start to the season, a fantastic season from Arkansas (which is getting some visits from Mizzou commits) and, now, the head coach getting a DWI and suspension.
Mizzou has rebounded on the field, and I'm sure PInkel will make quite the barnstorming, hat-in-hand trip to quite a few recruits' houses once the Kansas game is over. Maybe that will stem the tide. (Remember: this time last year, Mizzou fans were freaking the hell out because Sheldon Richardson had committed to USC.) And maybe it won't. Maybe all of the potentially angry Kansas City folks are in Evan Boehm's ear like the StL folks were in Adrian Clayborn's ear way back when, and maybe he'll find a school he just likes more. Maybe one of the Texas kids who decommitted a while back will still sign. Or ... maybe this is a lost recruiting class.
Recruiting truly is its own sport. You win or lose battles and classes, then you go back to watching the games on the actual playing field, and maybe the wins and losses will eventually coincide with real wins and losses. Mizzou survived the loss of Clayborn in recruiting, just as they turned the 'lost' recruiting class of 2005 into a game-changer. Similarly, a lot of the most highly-touted players from the highly-ranked 2010 recruiting class (Nick Demien, Tyler Gabbert, Tristen Holt, Jimmie Hunt) have failed to produce just yet. As we've discussed many times, recruiting rankings are all about odds; the better the recruit or class, the better odds of success. But the last decade of Mizzou Football has done nothing but prove that good or bad odds are not guarantees.
If Mizzou were to crash and burn in recruiting this year ... if they weren't to sign a single recruit ... they would still be pretty good next year, and they would get another recruiting class to shore up the failures from this one. You can absorb the impact of a poor recruiting class as long as you redouble your efforts and don't let it happen again. It would be a damn shame if this year -- with such high-end talent in the state of Missouri -- was the year all of these factors came together to ruin a recruiting class, but Mizzou will move on and hope it doesn't cost them next year. That's really all you can say. Maybe Boehm still becomes a Tiger, and hell, maybe DGB joins him. But if or when they don't, Mizzou will still be pretty good next year, and they'll have a chance to rectify recruiting after all the internal and external factors that have slowed them down this year.
Double-T Nation: Texas Tech 27, Missouri 31 | Post Game Thoughts
MUtigers.com: Football Eligible for Seventh Straight Bowl
We Are Mizzou: Offensive Play of the Week
The Trib (Dave Matter): Welcome to Border War Week
MUtigers.com: Tigers Close Out Regular Season vs. Jayhawks
The Missourian: Missouri prepares for rivalry game against Kansas
KC Star: Missouri willing to move on if Kansas takes a hike from Border War
Post-Dispatch: T.J. Moe lets his teammates talk about Kansas rivalry
PowerMizzou: Like Father, Unlike Son
Lawrence Journal-World: Turner Gill's focus on MU, not on his future
The Trib (Dave Matter): Monday Missouri Briefing
The Trib: Business as usual for Tigers
MUtigers.com: VIDEO: Player Media Day Quotes
PowerMizzou: Media Day Notebook
Pinkel Meets The Press
The Trib: Pinkel: I failed miserably
The Missourian: Pinkel apologizes for DWI arrest
KC Star: Gary Pinkel reflects on a personal failure
Post-Dispatch: Pinkel addresses his DWI situation
PowerMizzou: PMTV: Pinkel speaks
Fox Sports MW: Pinkel recognizes weight of actions
PowerMizzou: Following the Future
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