April 27, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert talks to reporters about their first round draft pick Justin Blackmon prior to the start of a press conference at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE
Mizzou Football Links
Every word coming out of Jacksonville this spring has been very positive about Blaine Gabbert's development. Hopefully that development continues when real, live pass rushers are coming at him.
Big Cat Country: Jaguars Offseason Review: Quarterback Position
NFL.com: Four 2011 first-round QBs face varied challenges entering Year 2
Our Dietician Is Better Than Your Dietician!
We Are Mizzou: Jana Heitmeyer featured in American Football Monthly
Other Football Links
It's Relegation Week at SB Nation! Spencer, Jason and I are each putting together pieces discussing how and why promotion and relegation would and wouldn't work for college football. I've gotta say ... I spent a good chunk of yesterday running simulations for a piece later in the week, and ... this would work. You want five high-quality major conferences? This is how you get it. Dead weight doesn't last, and the floor of a conference is always higher this way. It's a really neat idea. It is also, of course, entirely unrealistic. But it's really neat!
- It's Relegation Week!
SB Nation (Spencer Hall): Relegation: Why College Football Needs To Embrace Cannibalism
College Football Talk: NCAA considering need-based stipend for athletes
I contributed yesterday in this argument as well (I promise the reason for no Rafters vote wasn't me just goofing off!). The Big 12 has, amazingly, built itself some leverage, and while the odds of success for my proposal are minimal, Larry Scott proved a couple of years ago that success is only part of the equation -- he swung for the fences, went after the entire Big 12 South, landed only one of those six programs, and still came off looking like the ambitious leader of an ambitious, exciting conferences.
FSU, Big 12, Etc.
SB Nation (Self-Share!): The Big 12 Should Swing For The Fences
SI.com (Andy Staples): Florida State-to-Big 12 seed could spark more conference realignment
Solid Verbal: Seminole Moment
Frank the Tank: Penny Wise and Pound Foolish: Rumors of Florida State and the Big 12
KC Star (Campus Corner): Florida State president issues statement on realignment
Kegs 'n Eggs: A 'Potential' Big 12 Geography Lesson
The Trib: Florida sportswriters, the realignment fun is just starting
Mizzou Diamond Sports Links
I smell Stubble Drive ... tune in later today, huh?
NCAA Softball Tournament
Mizzou Network: Mizzou Softball Hosts Regional
The Trib: Chelsea Thomas sets school record for softball strikeouts
Mizzou Network: Thomas Sets Career Strikeout Record
MUtigers.com: Thomas Takes Final Big 12 Pitcher of the Week Award
SimmonsField.com: HI NOTES: Zagone rising, Mizzou looks to future