Mizzou Football Links
Just to build on last night's conversation, I wholeheartedly agree with tamping down the rookie pay scale and making young players earn big contracts. It is absolutely true that owners shouldn't have to be saved from themselves, and that if they want to pay big money for a young player, then in theory, they should be allowed to sacrifice their cap space. But 'in theory' it doesn't really work because all it takes is one crazy owner to ruin it for everybody else, and some aggressive agents to ruin it for everybody else. A cap that pays them well (let's face it: Blaine Gabbert is still making $12 million over four years, which is pretty awesome for a guy who was studying for business class finals a few months ago) but not too well is the way to go.
- MUtigers.com: Mizzou Fan Day Set for August 7
- PowerMizzou: Podcast Episode 10
PowerMizzou: Key Tigers: Number 6 (Brad Madison)
PowerMizzou: Camp Preview: Defensive Line
The Trib (Dave Matter): Kenji Jackson high on "young" secondary
ESPN.com (David Ubben): VIDEO: Missouri S Kenji Jackson
PowerMizzou: 2012 Football Hot Board: Defense
Post-Dispatch: Blaine Gabbert signs four-year, $12 million contract with Jaguars
KC Star: Ex-Tiger Aldon Smith signs deal with 49ers
The Missourian: Former Missouri QB Brad Smith agrees to deal with Buffalo Bills
Other Football Links
1) I just haven't seen a better summation of the "Hold up on the 'paying players' thing" argument than Posnanski's. He said what I've been trying to figure out how to say for months.
2) I'm pretty sure Turner Gill looked "comfortable and prepared" heading into Year 1 too. The problem wasn't that he looked uncomfortable.
3) Damn right I called the "Oklahoma State needs to start dressing like Oregon" thing a couple of weeks ago ... as evidenced by the self-share below.
Joe Posnanski: The College Connection
Clone Chronicles: This Is How We Play
Lawrence Journal-World: Kansas linebacking corps deeper in 2011
Lawrence Journal-World: Cool, calm, collected: Turner Gill appears more comfortable, prepared in Year 2
Dr. Saturday: Oklahoma State's postmodern makeover is black and gray and orange all over
SB Nation (Self-Share!): The Oklahoma State Cowboys And The Oregon Trail
Austin American-Statesman: Who's driving the UT quarterback bus?
SI.com (Stewart Mandel): Pac-12 sees potential under Larry Scott
Mizzou Basketball Links
Huzzah, Justin and Keith!
Other Basketball Links
The lesson: never recruit a big guy named Tiny.
Oklahoma Slaps Its Hand
CBS Sports: Oklahoma offers up more punishments for itself
The Dagger: Will Oklahoma's self-imposed punishment satisfy the NCAA?
ESPN.com: OU's damage control may not be enough
Other Mizzou Links
Seriously, when is collegiate MMA going to become a thing so we can finally win some national team titles?
Post-Dispatch: Tyron Woodley becomes a force in MMA
MUtigers.com: Four Tigers Enjoy Summer Success
MUtigers.com: Q&A with Sandra Ostad
Evidently we're going to know Bradley's replacement soon, and the new guy is not going to be a surprise. Everybody assumes that means Klinsmann, and so do I because ... well, anybody else would be a surprise at this point. Bradley is a rock solid coach, and he produced some strong results, but while he wasn't completely to blame for the USMNT's recent struggles ... he obviously wasn't the answer, and it's time to try somebody else. I also don't know if Klinsmann's the answer, especially if Gulati and the like resist the major structural changes he will probably attempt to make, but it's time to find out about Klinsmann so we can quit talking about him.
U.S. Soccer: Bradley's Tenure as Head Coach of U.S. Men's National Team Ends
SB Nation: Replacing Bob Bradley: Why Hiring a MLS Coach Doesn't Make Sense
Dirty Tackle: Bob Bradley finally gets sacked: A list of potential replacements
SI.com (Steve Davis): New U.S. men's national soccer coach won't lack for tasks
SI.com (Grant Wahl): Bob Bradley era ends as U.S. national team stagnates
Wall Street Journal: Why U.S. Soccer Axed Its Coach
We're All Old
Rolling Stone: MTV Turns 30