Mizzou Links, 3-6-12

Missouri's last trip to the Sprint Center worked out pretty well...

Apologies for yesterday's disappearing act -- I had a lot of catching up to do, and Rally Baby had her six-month appointment in the afternoon. Rock-M-Tology will be forthcoming later today.

Mizzou Basketball Links

So Gabe at PowerMizzou yesterday mentioned something that struck me as well ... and basically tamped down any outrage I had regarding Frank Haith not winning Coach Of The Year from the Big 12 coaches: Gary Pinkel was voting Oklahoma State fourth at the end of the regular season last year. Maybe he believed Oklahoma State was truly deserving of No. 4, and maybe he was helping out his new buddies in the SEC. Regardless, if that had any impact on the basketball coaches' voting, I cannot really blame them. And besides ... Haith now has his Coach Of The Year award anyway.

(The "Still Kansas City" pieces below, by the way, are why Mizzou-Kansas will never die. Rivalries based on classic games and high stakes can perish when teams stop playing each other. Rivalries based on pissing matches and neighbor-on-neighbor trash talk don't.)

  • C.O.Y.
    MUtigers.com: Frank Haith Earns AP Big 12 Coach of the Year
    The Trib: Snubbed by coaches, Haith gets AP honor
    The Trib (Steve Walentik): Haith talks Big 12 awards, conference tournament
    The Missourian: Missouri's Haith downplays AP coaching award
    KC Star: KU's Robinson, MU's Haith win AP Big 12 awards
    Post-Dispatch: Haith named Big 12 coach of year by media
  • Polls
    The Missourian: Missouri at No. 5 in rankings
    KC Star: MU moves back to top five, KU remains No. 3
  • Tourney Time
    PowerMizzou: PMTV-HD: Tourney Time
  • ...And Still In Missouri
    Lawrence Journal-World: 'Still Kansas City': Self speak out on Big 12 (minus MU) and K.C. tourney
    KC Star: Self ignites debate over Kansas City's college allegiances

Other Basketball Links

  • Nice
    The UConn Blog: The fanbases of the Big East as Simpsons characters

Mizzou Football Links

Last year, Missouri signed five players from the state of Missouri. This year, a little over a month since the 2013 recruiting season officially began (so to speak), Mizzou now has commits from six in-state kids. Offensive tackle Harneet Gill of St. Charles became No. 6. He is big (6'7, 260) and athletic, and his highlight film is great -- "Hey, watch as Gill blocks his guy perfectly ... and the other four offensive linemen let three different players into the backfield!"

  • COMMITMENT NO. 6: HARNEET GILL (OL, ST. CHARLES, MO)
    PowerMizzou: An unlikely push
  • More Pinkel
    The Trib (Dave Matter): Pinkel Q&A, Overtime

    Q: Your offensive line, you lose three starters, but what you have coming back is a pretty good situation to have. How do you see that group shaping up?

    A: Well, getting Elvis Fisher back is huge. The trouble with spring is you’ve got Anthony Gatti and Connor McGovern, guys who will most likely be in the top 10 for offensive linemen, they’re out (withi injuries). You’ve got Mark Hill out. Mark had that surgery to take a rib out because of a blood clot. It was the same thing (former linebacker) Andrew Gachkar had. He’s really doing well, but we’ve got three guys out. Elvis going into spring football, we’re not sure how much he’s going to be able to do or when he’ll be able to absolutely go full bore. He’s looking great, but that’s really sensitive and it’s between him and our trainer, Rex Sharp. At times we’re going to have possibly four of our top 10 guys not out there. … The line situation’s going to dictate a lot of what we do with scrimmaging. Mitch Morse is coming around. Travis Ruth has a lot of experience. Elvis Fisher has a lot of experience. Justin Britt has a lot of experience. Jack Meiners, too. It’s come around pretty good.

    Q: For spring, you’ll have Britt at left tackle until Fisher can play?

    A: Britt’s on the right side right now on paper with Elvis on the left. If Elvis comes out, we’ll move Britt back over (to left tackle). That way he’ll get work on both sides.

    Q: You’ll need at least one linemen who hasn’t started before to join the first team. Who will that be?

    A: Mitch Morse is the guy at left guard. We very possibly could move Mitch to center and Travis to guard, just because we need to get Mitch ready and he needs to snap. We know Travis can snap. We need to get Mitch snapping every day, every play for spring football.

  • CHANGE BAD
    Post-Dispatch: PInkel knows removing 'M' from helmet will draw backlash
  • Spring 2012
    Yahoo!: Lines are biggest questions for Pinkel, Missouri
    CBS Sports: Pinkel: "No changes" to approach as SEC beckons
    Post-Dispatch: 3 things to know about MU spring football

More after the jump.

Other Football Links

  • Playoff
    SB Nation: Big 12's Chuck Neinas The Latest To Praise Four-Team Playoff Plan

SEC

  • I'll Be There
    SB Nation: 2012 SEC Media Days Schedule Set, If You're Into That Sort Of Thing
  • Scheduling
    Senator Blutarsky: The SEC scheduling hostage crisis enters another day
  • Spring Previews
    PowerMizzou: SEC Spring Preview: Vanderbilt

Other Mizzou Links

  • Mizzou Wrestling
    KBIA Sports Extra: Attitude matters: Wrestler Alan Waters' aggressive approach to his sophomore season
  • Mizzou Baseball
    MUtigers.com: Baseball Hosts Nebraska-Omaha Tuesday
    MUtigers.com: Mizzou Baseball Players of the Week: Week Three
    SimmonsField.com: HI NOTES: Fhaith and Hope
    SimmonsField.com: HI NOTES: UNO Mavericks, Tweets, MizzouTube
    The Trib: Solid start is a relief for Missouri's Holovach
  • Mizzou Women's Basketball
    MUtigers.com: Three Tigers Earn All-Big 12 Recognition
    The Missourian: Missouri faces Oklahoma State at Big 12 Championship
    KC Star: Hope key for Missouri women before Big 12 tourney
  • Mizzou Track & Field
    MUtigers.com: West, Pennix Qualify for NCAA Indoor Championships
  • Mizzou Soccer
    MUtigers.com: Tigers Continue Winning Ways

Other

  • Mmmmmmmmmmm ... I Like All Of These Words
    Serious Eats: Grilled Sausage and Ricotta Pizza Sandwich
  • MYSTIC FIBROSIS
    YouTube SB Nation: Before Linsanity: Sports Crazes Throughout History
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