The Bad Season Checklist strikes again, the basketball bye week is almost over, and the Grapple at the Garden sounds pretty awesome.
Mizzou Football Links
Four-star linebacker Nick Ramirez (Lee's Summit, Mo) has committed to Kansas State.— Robert Cassidy (@Cassidy_Rob) December 14, 2012
To be clear on Ramirez, it was evident for some time that he would not end up at Missouri. He de-committed nearly a month ago.— Pete Scantlebury (@PeteScantlebury) December 14, 2012
So that's that then. I was hoping that Nick Ramirez's decommitment from a while ago was more like an Evan Boehm "I just want to make sure Mizzou is the one for me" situation, but it appears it wasn't. Chalk another one up to the Bad Season Checklist. Mizzou really is facing another 2005 situation, where recruiting begins to slow down and the negative public sentiment around the program increases dramatically. He and his staff buckled down and brought the program back, and with "worse" recruits, no less. Here's the 2005 class. One high three-star (Chase Daniel), two middle three-stars (Dain Wise and Chase Coffman), and a huge batch of low threes and twos. Among the low-threes: Jaron Baston, Brock Christopher, Kurtis Gregory and "Evander" Hood.
Eight years later, the Bad Season Checklist is striking again; we'll see if Mizzou can rebound just the same. They proved it can happen, but it's pretty damn hard.
PowerMizzou: Resetting the OC Search
Other 2013 Recruiting
The Trib (Dave Matter): QB recruit not sweating staff uncertainty
[Eddie] Printz, who pledged his commitment to Missouri while visiting campus the weekend of the Alabama game, will enroll a semester early and is scheduled to move into the MU dorms on Jan. 7.
Until then, the biggest mystery is the identity of Missouri's next offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. David Yost, who took on both roles for the Tigers, announced his resignation on Dec. 3. Pinkel didn't indicate during Thursday's visit that he's decided on a replacement, but Printz isn't worried about the situation.
"I know he's the right man," Printz said of Pinkel. "He's produced good quarterbacks. He knows what it takes. I know he's going to choose the right guy, whether it's from the current staff or from outside.
"He talked to me about Coach Yost's decision. It was what Coach Yost wanted. I feel like he took a little too much of the … they didn't have as successful a season as they wanted, and he took a little too much of that on his shoulders. His thoughts are his thoughts, and I respect him, but we just talked about all that."
QB No. 1
KBIA Sports: James Franklin won't let injuries, criticism get him down
More Video Dumps!
We Are Mizzou: Mizzou Homecoming 2010
Mizzou Basketball Links
Hooray, The Bye Week Is Almost Over
The Missourian: Haith focuses on development during Missouri's week off
PowerMizzou: PMTV-HD: Laurence Bowers
Talk of Big East "dissolving" and votes needed is moot. Bylaws say 2 FB schools need to vote for dissolution. The 7 will just leave.— Pete Thamel(@SIPeteThamel) December 13, 2012
The one topic not addresed in the Big East bylaws is the actual Big East name. So that's foggy right now.— Pete Thamel(@SIPeteThamel) December 14, 2012
I don't see the Big East disbanding. All those football programs are on the highest ground. Can see a 14 FB, 10 hoops league.— Pete Thamel(@SIPeteThamel) December 14, 2012
Okay, So The Big East Won't Dissolve ... But Still, This Is Big...
USA Today: Big East's Catholic member schools to leave league
ESPN.com: Sources: Schools debating how to go
Frank the Tank: Excommunication of the Big East: 7 Catholic Schools Will Split
VU Hoops: Big East's 7 Catholic Schools will separate: How will they do it?
Hartford Courant: Big East's Weak Catholic Schools Call The Shots?
CBS Sports: Tulane booster: It's not our fault Big East basketball schools leaving
Mizzou Diamond Sports Links
SimmonsField.com: And Now, For Some Baseball Culture...
Other Mizzou Links
MUtigers.com: No. 7 Tigers Head to New York for Inaugural Grapple at the Garden
Vote for Brookfield-Marceline!
USA Today: Vote for the Best Rivalry in the Nation
This Came Out Last Week ... How Did I Miss It???
Vanity Fair: The Oral History of Freaks and Geeks