Franklin heads into the summer the No. 1 quarterback. (Photo via Bill Carter.)
We start, of course, with RPT's nationally televised star turn ... proof that there must not have been anybody with a mullet and half a shirt in the airport, since the cameras gravitate toward those folks ... at least, they do when tornadoes strike in Oklahoma...
Mizzou Football Links
The Trib (Dave Matter): James Franklin holds of Tyler Gabbert on post-spring depth chart
The Trib: Franklin officially No. 1 QB
Post-Dispatch: Franklin tops MU depth chart at QB
KBIA Sports Extra: Mizzou football post-spring depth chart lists Franklin as starting QB
Jeff City News Tribune: Franklin on top of Mizzou depth chart at QB
Post-Dispatch: NFL draft spotlight may shine brightly here
Boston Globe: Some NFL teams may not be gunning for Missouri's Gabbert
Sporting News: NFL Draft analysis: Quarterbacks
Buffalo Rumblings: College Blogger Perspective: Blaine Gabbert
The Trib: Missouri football program still gaining national recognition
If Gabbert and Smith are indeed first-round selections in Thursday’s prime-time portion of the NFL draft, they’ll give Missouri five first-round picks in three drafts, joining receiver Jeremy Maclin (No. 19, 2009), defensive lineman Ziggy Hood (No. 32, 2009) and linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (No. 19, 2010). Only nine programs have produced three or more first-round selections since 2009. Only two, Florida and Oklahoma, have produced four.
By Thursday night, Missouri could have five in three years. Gabbert is unlikely to fall past Arizona’s pick at No. 5, and Smith is widely expected to go somewhere in the top 20.
If current projections hold true, Alabama could produce three first-rounders Thursday and Florida one, giving the Crimson Tide six first-rounders in three years and the Gators five. Otherwise, no other program would eclipse Missouri’s three-year total.
Not Oklahoma, Texas, LSU or Ohio State. Not Nebraska, Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame or USC.
"Our job isn’t to send guys to the NFL," said Pinkel, who’s had 17 players drafted since 2003. "It’s to get guys their degrees. But it’s nice to know that we have that caliber of player."
One impressive draft class might be a fluke — MU had six players drafted overall in 2009 — but three signals a trend. And trends attract a crowd like the one that gathered at MU on St. Patrick’s Day, when the running joke around the building was that Columbia Regional Airport hadn’t seen as many private jets since the last Kroenke wedding.
- The Trib (Dave Matter): Going Deep: A quarterback rotation?
PowerMizzou: What we learned: O-Line
PowerMizzou: What we learned: D-Line
- The Trib: NFL lockout creates uncertainty, anxiety
We Are Mizzou: Mizzou Caravan in Dallas
Big 12 Football Links
- Daily Oklahoman (Berry Tramel): Dan Beebe didn't kill the BIg 12; he saved it
Ahtlon Sports: 2011 Football Predictions: Big 12
Mizzou Basketball Links
The Trib: Tigers getting acquainted with new coaches
Big 12 Basketball Links
Burnt Orange Nation: Cory Joseph to NBA Draft, per Toronto Sun, Not Sign with Agent
Austin American-Statesman: Jordan Hamilton to enter NBA draft
ZagsBlog: Texas Trio To Enter NBA Draft
ESPN.com (Pat Forde): The Josh Selby story exposes one-and-done
Mizzou Softball Links
Nebraska 3, Mizzou 2
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Drops Heartbreaker to Huskers, 3-2
Mizzou 4, Nebraska 1
MUtigers.com: No. 8 Softball Beats Huskers, 4-1
The Missourian: Missouri beats No. 14 Nebraska 4-1
Omaha World-Herald: Missouri ace Thomas shuts down Nebraska
Mizzou Baseball Links
Baylor 6, Mizzou 3
MUtigers.com: Baseball Falls at Baylor, 6-3
Mizzou 10, Baylor 1
MUtigers.com: Tigers Take Series from Baylor
The Missourian: Missouri beats Baylor, wins first Big 12 series
MUtigers.com: KC Royals Host Mizzou Night At The K
Other Mizzou Links
Mizzou Women's Golf
MUtigers.com: Tigers Finish Third At Big 12 Championships
The Missourian: MU women's golf team finishes third at Big 12 Championship
Big 12 Sports: Longhorns Claim Third Big 12 Women's Golf Championship
Mizzou Men's Golf
The Trib: MU's 'major' talent
Mizzou Swimming & Diving
The Missourian: MU swimming boasts strong recruiting class
Mizzou Wheelchair Basketball
The Trib: Four Tigers could try out for Team USA
Gawker.com: The Art of the Animated GIF