Mizzou Links, 12-17-12

Joe Robbins

Mizzou has a new offensive coordinator, somebody FINALLY makes his Mizzou debut tonight, Mizzou Women's Basketball is looking awfully good, and ... welcome back, Steve Walentik.

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Mizzou Football Links

So it appears we know who Mizzou's next offensive coordinator will be, huh? (Credit to PowerMizzou's Gabe Dearmond for being the first one to break this story, by the way.) I will be finishing a post about that as soon as the links post is done, but in the meantime, here are your links.

  • Josh Henson Is Your New Offensive Coordinator
    PowerMizzou: Hill, Henson will assume new roles

    As reported earlier today by PowerMizzou.com, multiple sources are confirming that Missouri is set to hire Josh Henson as its next offensive coordinator. Henson will succeed David Yost who resigned the position last Monday after four years.

    Yost had also coached Missouri's quarterbacks. PowerMizzou.com has learned, in addition, from multiple sources close to the situation that wide receivers coach Andy Hill will coach the Tiger quarterbacks going forward.

    That leaves the Tigers still one coach short. It is presumed that Missouri is now in the market for a wide receivers coach to take Hill's spot.

    The Trib: Pinkel picks Henson to run offense, Hill to coach QBs

    Earlier in the week, newly hired Southern Miss Coach Todd Monken offered his coordinator job to Henson, a former colleague at two different schools. Henson and Monken coached together under Les Miles for three years at Oklahoma State and another two years at LSU. Before giving Monken his decision, Henson agreed to meet with Pinkel about the coordinator position at MU, a source told the Tribune on Wednesday.

    Henson left LSU to join Missouri's staff after the 2008 season and has been considered one of the staff's top recruiters and a valuable asset during the transition into the Southeastern Conference. He has shared the offensive line duties with assistant coach Bruce Walker and recruited Oklahoma, Texas and the Gulf Coast states for MU and helped with offensive line prospects.

    Henson's promotion and Hill's change of assignment leaves Pinkel's staff short an assistant to coach receivers. NCAA rules permit teams to have nine full-time assistant coaches. A candidate could be former Missouri receiver and team captain Jason Ray, who has spent the last four seasons coaching at Wyoming under former MU offensive coordinator Dave Christensen. Ray coached Wyoming running backs from 2009-11 and switched to receivers this past season.

    KC Star: MU expected to promote Josh Henson to offensive coordinator

    Henson would replace David Yost, a longtime assistant under coach Gary Pinkel who resigned as offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator two weeks ago. At the time that announcement was made, Pinkel said he would look at internal candidates but also conduct "a national search" for someone who could inject life into an injury ravaged offense that was inconsistent as MU limped to a 5-7 record last season, its first in the Southeastern Conference.

    But the job of reviving MU’s spread offense appears to have fallen on Henson, who has spent the last four seasons on Pinkel’s staff coaching the offensive linemen alongside Bruce Walker.

    Post-Dispatch: Henson expected to take over as Missouri's offensive coordinator

Meanwhile, it was a big recruiting weekend for Mizzou, as two four-star junior college defensive tackles visited. That is the one position I'm truly concerned about for next season, so scoring commitments from these two would be tremendous.

And Aldon Smith did not have any sacks yesterday, but he did get a couple of nice shots on Tom Brady, he does do this after every sack (cool), and he did do this. All was not lost.

Other Football Links

  • *Whistling*
    The Trib: Football behind the curve on embracing stats
  • BCS title game
    Al.com: Alabama-Notre Dame (Part II): Quest for revenge goes unrewarded at 1975 Orange Bowl
    Al.com: Alabama-Notre Dame (Part III): First South Bend visit didn't end well for Tide
    Al.com: Alabama-Notre Dame (Part IV): 'You had to like football to like it' when defenses dominated 1980 game
    Al.com: Alabama-Notre Dame (Part V): The sack changes everything

Mizzou Basketball Links

And in case you missed it, Kim English was demoted to the D-League last week to get some playing time -- read this solid piece on English from NBA.com -- and from Fanshots, here are highlights from his first game.

EXPANSIONAPALOOZA™ 2012

Is it weird that I'm rooting for Detroit Mercy to get a bid into whatever league the Big East's Catholic Seven start? They're a Jesuit school, so they fit, and ... I just like new blood. I love it when schools get thrown into interesting waters, and I'm really enjoying the thought of the Titans joining the known Big East schools and the predictable A10 candidates (Xavier, etc.).

Mizzou Diamond Sports Links

  • SEC
    SimmonsField.com: SEC Fan's Guide to Mizzou Baseball: Hater's Guide to Mizzou Baseball

Other Mizzou Links

So, uh, the Mizzou women are looking awfully good of late, huh? Granted, the competition might not be fantastic, but still. Winning by 63 points is winning by 63 points. Double SIU's point total, and Mizzou STILL wins by 16.

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