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Mizzou Football Links
Missouri QB James Franklin (shoulder surgery) on track for opener. Coach Gary Pinkel says "we think he's gonna be 100 percent."— Seth Emerson (@SethEmerson) June 7, 2012
PowerMizzou: Tiger Mailbag (Free)
vvn8bs asks: Why do people continue to ask if the spread offense can be successful in the SEC when three of the last six BCS champions were SEC teams running some variation of the spread offense (Florida 2006, 2008 and Auburn 2010)?
GD: For the same reason people are saying Missouri will flounder and A&M will flourish in the SEC. People are slow to accept change in sports. But to be fair, the teams you mentioned had two of the greatest, most dynamic college quarterbacks in the history of the game. Is James Franklin equal to Tim Tebow or Cam Newton? If he is, sure, Missouri will put up plenty of points in the SEC. But I don't even think Franklin himself would proclaim we know enough to put him on that level at this point in time. [...]
I don't think anyone is making the argument a spread offense can't win in the SEC. However, a spread offense ALONE isn't going to win. There are going to be games you have to win 20-17 in the SEC much more often than you have to do that in the Big 12. Over the past few years, Missouri hasn't done a lot of that (but they've done it more recently). From 2003-09, Mizzou won just seven games when it scored less than 30. In the last two years, the Tigers have matched that number, winning seven times with fewer than 30 points. So that's a positive trend.
Can't Escape Shreveport
The Trib (Dave Matter): SEC reunites with a familiar bowl
AP: 49ers' Aldon Smith aiming higher in second season
Other Football Links
Mobile Press-Register: College football plan favored by Mike Slive, SEC gaining momentum
Mizzou Basketball Links
Behind Just Two Recent Champions, Ahead Of A Certain School To The South
ESPN.com (CBB Blog): Ranking the coaching jobs: SEC
Keyon Talking Smack
Ball Don't Lie: Keyon Dooling on the flailing Miami Heat: 'I want them to keep complaining'
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Basketball Trio Selected For Top Instructional Camps
The Trib (Steve Walentik): NBA Draft combine underway in Chicago
AP: SEC stages welcoming party for Missouri, Texas A&M
FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!
EDSBS: CONFESSIONS OF AN SEC FAN TO A BIG TEN FAN
Black Heart Gold Pants: Chik-Fil-A Is Still Just A Chicken Sandwich
Senator Blutarsky: Don't hate the chicken sandwich because the conference is pretty.
- Nice Cast Of Characters
Blatant Homerism/Crystal Ball Run: PODCAST: All-Star Conference Realignment Roundtable
Mizzou Diamond Sports Links
Through the years, I've taught myself only to worry about losing Mizzou players who are drafted in the first 20 rounds of the draft. You can drive yourself crazy otherwise. Well ... it appears that two Tigers drafted in the fifth and 20th rounds have already signed, both with the Braves. Not what I hoped to see. If only Eric Garcia had been picked in the 21st, I guess...
SimmonsField.com: MLB Draft: Eric Garcia drafted by the Atlanta Braves
The Trib: Brown, Garcia sign with Braves
SimmonsField.com: MLB Draft: Former Tiger Myles Smith drafted by New York Mets
SimmonsField.com: MLB Draft: Ben Turner Drafted by the San Francisco Giants
SimmonsField.com: MLB Draft: Blake Holovach Drafted by the San Francisco Giants
SimmonsField.com: MLB Draft: Former Tiger James Hudelson drafted by the White Sox
The Missourian: Three Missouri baseball players picked up on final day of draft
SimmonsField.com: MLB Draft: Four Tigers, Three Recruits Drafted
Incoming Softball Recruit
MUtigers.com: Emily Crane Named Missouri Player of the Year by Gatorade
Other Mizzou Links
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Begins Governor's Habitat Challenge in Joplin on Friday
Mizzou Track & Field
The Trib: Tigers at the track and field championships
The Trib: Missouri's West advances into finals at NCAA outdoor championships
The Trib: MU will host 2013 SEC track championships
MUtigers.com: Tennis to Participate in ITA Kick-Off Weekend