Mizzou Links, 6-30-11

WASHINGTON - MARCH 17: Phil (Flip) Pressey #1 of the Missouri Tigers brings the ball past Cashmere Wright #1 of the Cincinnati Bearcats during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Verizon Center on March 17, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

UPDATE: BOTC's latest Adventures of the Big 12 piece had not come across my Google reader this morning, and it naturally deserves the top-of-the-page, marquee treatment.

Mizzou Football Links

With Gunner Kiel getting closer and closer to making a decision (following rumors on this one has been great -- He's a done deal to Alabama! He's eliminated Oklahoma! He's a done deal to Oklahoma! He's staying home and heading to Indiana! He's visiting Mizzou this weekend! From what I can tell might actually be true, it does appear that he could be heading to Como soon, and it does appear that he's leaning more and more toward staying in Indiana. But instead of trying to figure anything out beyond that, we'll just say that the four schools all have an equal 25% chance of landing him.

Other Football Links

There are quite a few Randy Walker pieces coming to light on the fifth anniversary of his death. One gets the impression that he was not only innovative, but beloved. And you definitely want to read the Matt Waldman piece.

Mizzou Basketball Links

Flip speaks!

  • The Trib (Steve Walentik): Phil Pressey happy at MU but did consider leaving

    "Of course, I did because I didn't know who was going to be the coach," he said. "I didn't know where I was going to be in that situation or what I was going to do at the end of the year, but after talking to my parents, we just thought for me the best thing to do was to stay."

    He said the prospect of having to sit out a year before he could play at another school was probably enough to dissuade him from seeking a transfer. In addition, he felt a strong connection to his teammates, especially his older brother, Matt Pressey, and Ricardo Ratliffe, who chose Missouri in part because of the opportunity to play with him.

    Pressey has also liked what he's seen of Haith and has developed a bond with the Tigers' new coach.

    "I don't know. He told me from Day 1 that he's a guard coach, and he's going to put a lot of faith in me," Pressey said. "I like that in a coach, that they take time to get to know me and figure out what I like to do and how I like to play other than a coach just coming in and telling me what they're going to do. ... I talk to him pretty much every other day or every day, so I'm building a connection. I like that."

Other Basketball Links

We got a request on Twitter the other day to look at how recruiting might be going if we had landed Shaka Smart or somebody else. I started formulating a way to do that, but honestly ... there's just no way to do that with even 1% accuracy. I realize accuracy doesn't really matter in the blogosphere, but ... couldn't do it. Especially not after losing two hours of work last night on today's SBN.com piece (epic computer freeze-up + SBN editor not auto-saving as it is supposed to = sobs and whimpers and late bedtime).

  • The Trib: Midmajor schools hang on to leaders despite rich offers

Other Mizzou Links

I tried watching the College World Series finals this week but found myself getting bored less than one batter in. I think I've officially moved on from baseball no matter how hard I try not to. Luckily, trripleplay is still fighting the good fight.

  • Mizzou Baseball
    SimmonsField.com: 9 Reasons to Follow College Baseball: The Ballpark

Other

I'm not sure I could have come up with three more different links -- in terms of topic or emotion -- for this section. At least, not without a snobby-but-great post from Michael Ruhlman involved.

  • Oral History of Major League
    SI.com: It's Been 22 Years Since Wild Thing Waltzed Into Our Lives
  • Big Man
    Bruce Springsteen: Bruce's Eulogy for Clarence
  • Ashton
    Casual Hoya: Dude, Where's My Blog? Ashton Kutcher Takes Over As Casual Dark Overlord
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