So the Mizzou Network launched last night. (The Missourian wrote about it yesterday.) First impression: fantastic. I'm curious how much content is in the vault to begin with, and how much will reach the site, but they basically launched with lengthy highlight packages from most of the great, recent moments -- 2007 football versus Kansas, 2010 football versus Oklahoma, 2009 basketball versus Kansas -- and an old one: the 1961 Orange Bowl. Naturally, I gravitated toward the old one. Granted, Norm Beal's 90-yard interception return wasn't part of the package (I guess the tape from that play was messed up), but it is worth checking out. I'm really excited about where they could choose to go with this.
Mizzou Football Links
The Trib (Dave Matter): Future Tiger QB named Mr. Ohio
Kenton, Ohio, quarterback and Missouri commitment Maty Mauk was named Mr. Ohio by The Associated Press, putting the future Tiger in elite company among past winners. Mauk, who leads Kenton High School into the Division IV state championship game Saturday, joins his older brother Ben Mauk and several college and NFL stars to have won the award, including four NFL first-round picks and a Heisman Trophy winner. Earlier this season, Mauk set the national high school career passing records for yards, attempts, completions and touchdowns.
Other Football Links
SB Nation: The Numerical, Week 14: Dry Spells, Fabulous Freshmen, And A VanTubbergen
10: Points scored directly off of Kansas interceptions in the first half against Missouri. Mizzou quarterback James Franklin, mystified by whipping winds in Arrowhead Stadium, threw picks on three consecutive possessions; the second set up a field goal (on a minus-1 yard drive), and Bradley McDougald returned the third for a touchdown. The turnovers gave the Jayhawks a 10-0 lead, but their offense just could not even pretend to get anything going. They gained just 137 yards for the game, and eventually Franklin found his composure (he completed six of seven passes in the second half for 128 yards and two touchdowns) and led the Tigers to a comfortable, 24-10 win in what might be the final Border War battle for a while.
SB Nation: Mike Leach, Washington State Reportedly Have Agreement In Place
SB Nation: Mike Leach And Washington State Enter A Promising And Unusual Union
Coug Center: Mike Leach Reportedly Hired By WSU: Get To Know The Pirate
Rock Chalk Talk: With Mike Leach Heading To Washington State, What's Next For Kansas?
SI.com (Stewart Mandel): Washington State scores biggest win in years by landing Mike Leach
Dr. Saturday: Mike Leach sets sail for Washington State, with guns up and baggage en tow
Pre-Snap Read: Mike Leach Helps Keep Pullman Weird
CBS Sports (Bruce Feldman): Free Bruce Podcast: Robert Griffin III
Tulsa World: Q&A with OU tight end Trent Ratterree
PowerMizzou: Tiger Mailbag
Zoufan27 asks: Now that FB is down [sic] with the Big 12, where are the coaches going to start recruiting for the SEC?
PS: Gary Pinkel already announced that two coaches are recruiting Florida, and another has been sent to the Atlanta area. He didn't name names, but we already know that Josh Henson has been recruiting Florida, and I doubt that stops. The other coach, it appears, is running backs coach Brian Jones. Jones has an in-home visit with Largo (FL) tight end Sean Culkin scheduled for Thursday, so he could be that second coach. Then again, Jones may just have a connection in Largo; sometimes, boundaries overlap because of pre-existing relationships.
As far as Atlanta goes, that's the most intriguing part of this new-recruiting saga to me. One coach that could be sent there is Barry Odom, as he seems to be a strong up-and-coming recruiting coach, and his boundaries are spread out. Odom focuses mainly on East Texas, but he's also recruited Louisiana. Because he doesn't have a long-standing presence in some of these areas, it's more likely that he'll be shifted.
I also expect Missouri to look in the Memphis area, but at this point, that's just speculation. Pretty much any coach that's recruited East Texas could start making their way farther east, however. It's going to be a very interesting story to follow, and one I plan to cover at great extent during bowl practice and around Signing Day.
- Dawg Sports: SEC Expansion: Divisional Realignment, and Rivalries: Walking a Fine Line Between Growth and Tradition
Other Mizzou Links
The Trib: Tigers find urgency before it's too late
Grantland (Bill Barnwell): The Surreal World of Thanksgiving in Vegas