Mizzou Links, 5-7-12

To Play Off...

Mizzou Football Links

  • I Want This Book ... RIGHT NOW.
    The Trib: An unearthed football treasure: Not bad for $2
  • Everybody Gotta Eat
    We Are Mizzou: Mizzou Team Picnic

Other Football Links

On Twitter, Stewart Mandel shared a couple of old playoff-related gems this weekend, one being the Joe Paterno article I linked to yesterday, the other being a "To Play Off or Not to Play Off" debate from an NCAA newsletter in 1971. The link is below. William A. Miller, Jr., a faculty athletics representative from "North Texas State University" argued for a playoff, and predictably, Tennessee athletic director Bob Woodruff argued against it. It is amazing how little the argument has changed in 41 years. Miller argued that everybody deserves a chance at the title and proposed a 16-team playoff where "The winners of the recognized major conferences--Ivy, Southeast, Southern, Big Ten, Atlantic Coast, Mid-American, Big Eight, Western Athletic, Southwest, Missouri Valley, Pacific Coast Athletic--would be joined by four major independents in a first round 16 game play-off."

Woodruff, meanwhile, bemoaned the damage playoffs would do to the bowl system and argued that "the bowls have done too much for college football to be repaid in that manner." It is a fun read, both enlightening and somewhat depressing (since, again, the argument hasn't changed since I was minus-7 years old). Highly worth a read.

  • PLAYoff?
    NCAA.org: To Play Off or Not to Play Off (PDF) (1971)

Mizzou Basketball Links

No, Devonta Pollard has not made up his mind yet. Evidently he thought he had, but he hasn't. The wait goes on. Meanwhile, Mizzou is looking at other 2012 options and, as we see below, has gone head-first into the 2013 and 2014 classes as well.

  • 2012 Recruiting
    Burnt Orange Nation: Devonta Pollard Recruiting Decision: Player Profile
  • 2013 Recruiting
    KC Star: Four-star SG enjoys Mizzou visit
  • 2014 Recruiting
    KC Star: Mizzou basketball looks to future, offers several top '14 prospects

SEC

  • KC Star: Mizzou uses billboards to spread word about SEC connection
  • "We wanted to excite people that already knew about us, and invite the ones that didn’t," said Missouri associate athletic director for strategic communications Andrew Grinch, who played a leading role in the project.

    But the billboards — which are located throughout Missouri, Georgia, Texas, Florida, Tennessee and Alabama — are just one part of a $400,000 advertising campaign the school has undertaken since it officially announced its decision to leave the Big 12 in November.

    Grinch said Missouri wanted to increase awareness of its brand in areas it hopes to draw students and athletes from going forward.

    "Regardless of whether you’re a professor or a coach, you need students to come to the University of Missouri," Grinch said. "It’s all about getting Missouri’s name out there. Maybe a high schooler or elementary schooler thinks of Missouri because of a billboard they see in Atlanta. Years later, when they’re thinking about colleges, a seed has already been planted."

    So in addition to running commercials, Grinch said the school has also used online advertising through ESPN, Yahoo, XBox Live and Facebook to get its brand out there.

Mizzou Softball Links

  • Mizzou 5, Oregon 4
    MUtigers.com: No. 9 Tigers Take Opener Over No. 12 Ducks, 5-4
  • Oregon 8, Mizzou 3
    Mizzou 7, Oregon 3

    MUtigers.com: Tigers Split Doubleheader, Win Series Against No. 12 Ducks

Mizzou Baseball Links

Other Mizzou Links

  • Mizzou Men's Golf
    The Missourian: Missouri golfers on bubble for postseason play
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