October! Somehow it is friggin' October. Feels like the second week of September. No idea what's happening here.
Mizzou Football Links
The Trib (Dave Matter): Emptying the Notebook: Bent but not broken
3. My Twitter feed hums every Saturday with fans calling for David Yost's head on a spike but what was there to complain about this week? More downfield throws? Check. Less designed quarterback runs? Check. More extra blockers on the field? Check. I-formation? Check. More runs for the tailback? Check. [...]
Franklin came out committed to stretching the field vertically. His receivers weren't much help with four first-half drops, but the offense was intent on throwing downfield, notably to Dorial Green-Beckham, who was targeted three times downfield. [...]
Kendial Lawrence had just one carry in the first half. After a 3-yard run on the second play from scrimmage, Missouri ran 18 plays the rest of the half without Lawrence getting a touch. That changed in the second half when he carried 18 times and caught four passes for 50 yards. Did it take too long to get him involved? Perhaps. But his 19 carries marked a career high. By game's end, Yost had committed to Lawrence and gave him his biggest workload in his four seasons at MU.
Does Yost make some curious calls at times? Absolutely. Show me a coordinator who doesn't. But what was wrong with Saturday's plan?
[T]he most interesting thing Richardson said was that he actually faced some triple-teams Saturday – dead serious – and still managed to rack up nine tackles (two for loss), two quarterback hurries, a sack and a fumble recovery.
"I put more pressure on myself than anybody," Richardson said. "Being the greatest player on the field is what I strive to be every play, every snap, every game."
When Richardson, who has lost 20 pounds since last year, was told that the humid weather didn’t seem to affect his play, he smiled and agreed.
"Oh yeah, tip-top shape," he said. "Tip top. Don’t get me wrong now, I had to catch a few breathers every blue moon. But for the most part, Coach (Steckel) and Coach (Kuligowski) made it clear that I’m not leaving the field."
That’s because he’s simply too valuable.
"He keeps getting better," said Missouri coach Gary Pinkel. "I just really see him grow as a young man. And just like I said before, the more he’s in the program, the better he’s going to get. And I’m proud of him because he’s one of the team guys now, he understands what we’re about, who we’re about, and he’s doing a great job."
Post-Dispatch: Vanderbilt seeing red
[Vandy coach James Franklin] remains confident in quarterback Jordan Rodgers, who has completed only 54 percent of his passes. He has thrown for 649 yards during the team's 1-3 start with two touchdown passes and one interception.
Against Georgia, Rodgers was 13 for 23 for 218 yards without a TD. Yet, the always upbeat Franklin nearly raved about the effort.
"You know, this sounds crazy but I enjoyed coaching him (against Georgia) more than any other game," Franklin said. "I thought he was decisive, he was confident. There really weren't any plays I was frustrated because he wasn't seeing it the way I was seeing it."
Mizzou Basketball Links
The New Assistant (For Now)
The Trib: For Carter, MU job, like career, was a surprise
Carter's background is anything but typical among members of the coaching fraternity. His playing days were over by his senior year of high school.
He was a 19-year-old sophomore studying business at Michigan State and getting hounded by his parents to get a part-time job back in 1998.
He was driving down the street having another one of those conversations with his father on the phone when he looked to his left and noticed a sign.
"It was MacDonald Middle School: 'Need coaches,' " Carter said. "I'm like, 'I'll just go coach basketball, and this guy will get off my back.' "
He got the job coaching a team of eighth-graders in a season about to tip off within days.
Carter's interest in the position wasn't coincidental. He'd grown up a basketball junkie in Grand Blanc, Mich., a die-hard fan of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls who tried to talk his high school coach into implementing the triangle offense during his junior season.
He and a roommate, who served as his assistant, altered their college schedules to make time for evening practices and twice-weekly games, though Carter's intensity level wasn't perfectly suited for junior high students. He said he received a technical every game that season.
Mizzou Diamond Sports Links
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Sweeps Second Straight Doubleheader
The Missourian: Missouri defeats Mineral Area and Central Methodist
KBIA Sports: Missouri softball sweeps second double-header
SimmonsField.com: 2012 Fall Roster
SimmonsField.com: Mizzou Baseball Scout Day: Unis & Positions
MUtigers.com: Gold Takes Intersquad Game, 7-4
SimmonsField.com: SEC Fan's Guide to Mizzou Baseball: Taylor Stadium @ Simmons Field
Mizzou Soccer Links
Your current SEC East standings following a 1-1 week for Mizzou:
Mizzou (5-1, 10-2)
Florida (5-1, 8-3-1)
Kentucky (3-2-1, 8-3-1)
Tennessee (3-2-1, 8-3-2)
Vanderbilt (1-1-4, 4-4-5)
Georgia (1-3-2, 5-6-2)
South Carolina (0-3-3, 3-5-4)
In the West, Texas A&M is now 5-0-1, and nobody else is above .500. The East has certainly been the tougher division thus far.
No. 9 Mizzou 2, Georgia 1
MUtigers.com: No. 9 Mizzou Notches 2-1 Win at Georgia
The Missourian: Missouri remains undefeated in the SEC
KBIA Sports: Missouri soccer keeps rolling in the SEC
Tennessee 1, Mizzou 0
MUtigers.com: No. 9 Mizzou Suffers 1-0 Loss At Tennessee
- The Missourian: Missouri soccer is ready to reach big goals
Mizzou Volleyball Links
Your current SEC East standings following a 1-1 week for Mizzou:
Florida (5-0, 11-2)
Missouri (4-2, 12-4)
Kentucky (3-2, 9-6)
Tennessee (2-3, 9-5)
Georgia (2-3, 8-6)
South Carolina (2-4, 13-4)
In the West, Texas A&M and Arkansas are each 4-1; no other team is above .500.
Texas A&M 3, Mizzou 1
MUtigers.com: Tigers Stumble Against Texas A&M, 3-1
Mizzou Network: Volleyball Highlights: Mizzou-ATM
The Trib: Missouri volleyball loses to Texas A&M
The Missourian: Missouri loses to Texas A&M, 3-1
KBIA Sports: Tigers fall to Aggies in four sets
Mizzou 3, Georgia 0
MUtigers.com: Volleyball Uses Defensive Effort to Sweep Georgia
Mizzou Network: 1 on 1 with Wayne Kreklow
Mizzou Network: 1 on 1 with Whitney Little
Mizzou Network: Highlight Reel
The Missourian: Missouri sweeps Georgia
The Maneater: Missouri avenges Friday loss, trounces Georgia
- The Trib: Volleyball attack adds weapons
Other Mizzou Links
Mizzou Men's Golf
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Golf Wins at George Mason
Hustle Belt: Big XII to join MAC wrestling?
Mizzou Cross Country
MUtigers.com: Tigers faced SEC teams for the first time at Greater Louisville Classic
The Missourian: Missouri men finish fourth at Greater Louisville Classic
The Missourian: Runner returns to Missouri cross country team after two foot surgeries
Mizzou Women's Golf
MUtigers.com: Savich Sisters Complete Third Round at Women's World Am
The Missourian: Caddy experience boosts Missouri golfer Alina Rogers
MUtigers.com: Tigers Host Sixth Annual Johnie Imes on Monday