There are so many good links, so many interesting topics, that I almost broke this out into about 16 different links posts. But, you know, then how would people know which 'water cooler' to visit to b.s. about Star Wars and food, right? So you get one enormous post (and probably a Norris Stevenson post later in the day) instead. And I've bolded some of the must-read articles in the bunch.
Mizzou Basketball Links
Did Frank Haith really not win Big 12 Coach Of The Year?— Mark Ennis (@Mengus22) March 4, 2012
My joke after the Big 12 co-coaches of the year (Self, Hoiberg) were announced yesterday was that I wished they'd have just gone ahead and committed to the spite and named somebody other than Mike Dixon as Sixth Man of the Year as well. If you're going to do it ... if you're going to pick two coaches ahead of Frank Haith (the front-runner for many people's National Coach of the Year votes) ... if you're not going to make Marcus Denmon a unanimous first-team pick ... you might as well just go all out and not vote for any Mizzou guys, right?
(Meanwhile, definitely read the two KC Star articles about the Big Eight and Kansas City basketball.)
Big 12 Sports: 2012 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Men's Basketball Awards Announced
MUtigers.com: Five Tigers Earn All-Big 12 Honors
The Trib: Tigers well-represented in All-Big 12 awards
The Missourian: Five Missouri players receive Big 12 honors
KC Star (Campus Corner): A sneak peek at my All-Big 12 Ballot
Post-Dispatch: Haith misses out on Big 12 coaching award
KBIA Sports Extra: Five Tigers take home Big 12 honors
Big 12 Tournament
KC Star: Colorful coaches made Big Eight a battle royal
KC Star: This is the best it will ever be for college basketball in KC
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Basketball To Host Selection Sunday Event
SB Nation: NBA Draft Toolbox: Le'Bryan Nash, Myck Kabongo Among Big 12 Prospects Building Cases
Marcus Denmon, Missouri
6'3 senior guard
- Shot creation: Like English, Denmon has thrived in more of an off-the-ball role due to Pressey's emergence. Averaging 18.0 points a game on a very efficient 47 percent shooting from the floor as a senior.
- Defense: Excellent athlete at 6'3 who has the quickness to attack an opponent's dribble, with a career average of 1.3 steals in four years in Columbia. However, lack of height means he'll be forced to play primarily as a PG at the next level.
- Outside shot: Excellent shooter with a quick release, shooting 41.1 percent from the three-point line and 88.8 percent from the free throw line this season.
- Passing: A decent playmaker who averages 2.2 assists and 1.2 turnovers this year, but has never displayed the ability to be Missouri's primary ball-handler.
- Rebounding: Athletic ability allows him to be a factor on the glass with an average of 5.3 rebounds a game this year.
- Best case: 6'3+ guard who can defend point guards and shoot but can't run a team -- Toney Douglas.
- Worst case: A "1.5": too short to be a two-guard and not comfortable running the point -- Bracey Wright.
Other Basketball Links
ISU > Baylor
Our Daily Bears: Overreaction Central: Baylor @ Iowa State Recap
KU > Texas
Austin American-Statesman: UT men fall to Kansas
Dallas Morning News: After coming up short in Lawrence, Horns are left to wait and worry
KSU > OSU
KC Star: K-State blasts Oklahoma State 77-58 on Senior Day
Daily Oklahoman: Oklahoma State loses to Kansas State, 77-58
OU > A&M
Crimson & Cream Machine: Oklahoma Edges Texas A&M On Senior Day 65-62
Mizzou Football Links
- Norris Stevenson
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Legend Norris Stevenson Passes Away
The Trib: MU football trailblazer Stevenson dies
The Missourian: Former Missouri football player Norris Stevenson dies
KC Star: Norris Stevenson, first black scholarship football player at MU, dies at 72
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou's first black football player Norris Stevenson dies
Post-DIspatch: Services for Norris Stevenson set
- Chase Abbington
PowerMizzou: Show-Me Star picks Mizzou
The Trib: Q&A with Gary Pinkel
Q: What about the tailback situation? I know you're not putting a public timeline on Henry Josey's comeback, but other than him, what do you expect from that group this spring?
A: Last year we had a lot of injuries there and obviously a very severe one. First of all, Henry's doing really well. My big thing with him when people ask and how I consistently answer, because it's the truth, is he's got three years to use two years of eligibility. So whenever he's ready, he's ready. Now knowing him, he's going to do everything he can to be ready for this year. That's fine. But it would not be wise for us to count on him. That's not wise to do.
But Kendial Lawrence is obviously a very good player. He produced really well. We get Marcus Murphy back. We've got Greg White back, and we've got Jared Culver. Then we've got a couple young players coming in. We feel really confident that the two freshmen are two really good players. I read something where we were eighth or ninth in the nation in rushing last year, so for a spread offense, that's not bad.
- Spring 2012
PowerMizzou: Five things to watch this spring
- 2012 Schedule
Mizzou Network: Mark Alnutt Talks Schedule
- Pro Day
The Trib: Michael Egnew, other Tigers attempt to erase stigmas for scouts
PowerMizzou: PMTV-HD: Tiger Football Pro Day
Other Football Links
- Football Porn
Rookie Scouting Portfolio: RGIII: Tick, Tick, Tick, Tick...
Birmingham News: SEC needs 9 conference football games, even if there's no stomach for it
- Spring Previews
PowerMizzou: SEC Spring Preview: Tennessee
Mizzou Wrestling Links
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Wins First Big 12 Championship
Big 12 Sports: Missouri Captures First Big 12 Wrestling Title
The Missourian: Missouri wrestlers win first Big 12 Championship
The Missourian: PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri wins first Big 12 Championship
KC Star: MU wins Big 12 wrestling title
Daily Oklahoman: Missouri edges Oklahoma State for Big 12 wrestling title
KC Star (Campus Corner): Real-life Davids: How Missouri's wrestling program conquered the Goliaths of the Big 12
"Just think of that," Smith said. "I told them eight days ago about David and Goliath and going through the valley of Elah. I told them the Philistines, and the Goliath is the Big 12 and we had never won it. David walked out there with confidence. You got to believe in all the good things that can happen. I put signs up that said ‘Be my David’. All week, every kid, I went up to, I said ‘Be my David’ and they came up to me at the end and said, Coach, we are your David’s."
That message also hit home for Smith, who remembers people doubting his ability to lead Missouri to the top of the Big 12’s wrestling landscape when he was hired 14 years ago.
"When I took over my first three years, we were awful," Smith said. "It just took time."
But eventually, Smith started getting people to believe, and Missouri started winning. After going a combined 22-30-1 his first three years, the Tigers went 18-3 in 2001-2002. Then, in Smith’s sixth year, the Tigers finally beat Oklahoma State in a dual meet for the first time. Then Ben Askren became Missouri’s first national champion in 2006, and the Tigers took third at the NCAA meet in 2007, their highest finish ever.
"Oh yeah," Smith said with a laugh, "a lot of building."
Mizzou Softball Links
Easy weekend for #TeamStubble, outscoring the rest of the state by a combined 28-1. Really, two things interested me as I cracked open the box scores this morning: innings distribution and errors. As mentioned previously, defensive miscues had cost Mizzou a couple of different times already this season; meanwhile, with Bailey Erwin pitching well and Kristin Nottelmann serving up quite a few walks (despite getting raves in practice), I was curious about how Ehren Earleywine would approach the easy weekend. The verdict: 1) two errors in four games (not bad) and 2) two complete games (12 innings) for Chelsea Thomas, one complete game (seven innings) for Erwin, one complete game (five innings) for Nottelmann. And a lot of offense.
- Mizzou 10, Saint Louis 0
Mizzou 9, SEMO 0
MUtigers.com: No. 13 Tigers Win Pair by Run-Rule
- Mizzou 3, Missouri State 1
Mizzou 6, UMKC 0
MUtigers.com: Tigers Knock Off Missouri State, UMKC
KBIA Sports Extra: No. 13 Mizzou softball sweeps Missouri Coaches v. Cancer Tournament
Mizzou Baseball Links
Few things probably eat away at a baseball team more than when they completely dominate a series overall -- Mizzou 26, Ball State 12 -- but don't get the sweep. As we will probably see plenty of times this year, the bats went quiet again on Friday night; against BSU ace Cal Bowling, Missouri managed six base runners and seven strikeouts in a limp 5-2 loss. And then they destroyed every other Cardinal pitcher to the tune of 24 runs in two games.
Three weeks in, it'the season has already qualified as "up and down," with a lovely series win at Auburn followed by a four-game losing streak (three to San Francisco, one to Ball State). Despite solid pitching from Eric Anderson, they are 0-3 on Fridays versus (presumably) opponents' aces, 4-2 in all other games. They can move back to .500 on Tuesday against Nebraska-Omaha.
- Ball State 5, Mizzou 2
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Falls to Ball State in Home Opener, 5-2
The Trib: Tigers never get in the swing
KBIA Sports Extra: Mizzou baseball drops home opener against Ball State, 5-2
PowerMizzou: Tigers drop home opener
- Mizzou 15, Ball State 5
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Routs Ball State, 15-5
SimmonsField.com: HI NOTES: Game Day Grab Bag
The Trib: MU baseball team buries Ball State
The Missourian: Sophomore's start highlights Missouri victory
KBIA Sports Extra: Mizzou bounces back with 15-5 blow out of Ball State
- Mizzou 9, Ball State 2
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Takes Rubber Match, 9-2
The Missourian: Missouri baseball beats Ball State to win first home series
KBIA Sports Extra: Holovach pitches five solid innings for Mizzou, gets win over Ball State
Other Mizzou Links
I was happy to see Mizzou extending Robin Pingeton's contract this weekend despite the horrific season. She virtually announced at the beginning of the season that Missouri wasn't going to be very good this season and that the third year was when she expected to see things begin to turn around. I assume she told the Mizzou administration the same thing on Day One. Mizzou is nothing if not committed to the long-term, and this deal proves that.
- Mizzou Gymnastics
MUtigers.com: Gymnastics Takes Third at Winterfest
- Mizzou Women's Basketball
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Closes Regular Season with Loss at Oklahoma State
The Missourian: Missouri loses final regular season game
MUtigers.com: Pingeton Presented With Contract Extension
MUtigers.com: Tigers will face Oklahoma State in Big 12 Tournament
- Mizzou Swimming & Diving
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Sets Six Team Records at American Short Course Championships
- Mizzou Track & Field
MUtigers.com: Roxberg Uses Last Chance Meet to Set Record Pace