July 17, 2012; Hoover, AL, USA; Missouri Tigers coach Gary Pinkel speaks during a press conference at the 2012 SEC media days event at the Wynfrey Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Kelly Lambert-US PRESSWIRE
Mizzou Football Links
1. Regarding the excellent Team Speed Kills piece below, I do find it funny that Missouri is seemingly running into more skepticism than Texas A&M when it comes to the move to the SEC despite the fact that a) Mizzou has finished with a better record than A&M in seven of the last nine years, b) Mizzou has won four of five versus A&M, and perhaps most importantly, c) A&M's the team attempting to run the Airraid in the SEC, not Mizzou. Alas. The closer we get to the season, the closer we get to not having to worry about what people say.
2. As I mentioned on The Closers last night (hopefully we get audio of that up at some point), I really, really wish Gary Pinkel hadn't been sucked into talking about Joe Paterno, and I really, really wish he hadn't said what he said. I'd have loved for him to offer more constructive words, like Nick Saban did yesterday day, but he did not, and that's disappointing.
But the simple fact remains that Pinkel isn't the only coach (or former player) who has spent the last 40 years worshiping, or at least very deeply admiring, Joe Paterno. And when you deify someone in your own head for that long, it's going to be incredibly difficult for you to talk about the current Penn State situation without desperately wanting to defend Paterno in some way. Pinkel is far from alone in that regard, and he won't be the last coach who defends Paterno to whatever degree possible ("Obviously I have no defense for what he did, but let's not forget the good things..."). It's human nature, as weak as it may seem sometimes. And a politician jumping in to score some easy political points on this is as or more frustrating to me than what Pinkel said, even though my own beliefs on the situation are probably a lot closer to the politician's than Pinkel's.
The DISRESPECT!!!!!!1! Chronicles
Team Speed Kills: Gary Pinkel and Missouri Belong Here. Really.
What were the assembled reporters wanting Gary Pinkel to say? "Well, really, we built a house of cards in the Big 12 because we got to play Kansas and Kansas State every year. We also have really lousy fans, so Georgia should expect a docile crowd when they come to Columbia." Otherwise, the questions just seem like trolling.
Maybe it's because Missouri is still viewed (fairly or not) as the most Big 12 of the two newcomers. The offense gets a lot more attention than the defense, in part because -- in all honest -- the Missouri offense is a heck of a lot better than the Missouri defense.
Pinkel And Saban
The Trib: Saban: Gary is a great coach
The Trib: Pinkel owes break to older Saban
KC Star: Pinkel grateful that Saban helped get him his big break
Pinkel And Paterno
The Trib: Pinkel's filter is on the fritz
The Trib (Dave Matter): State lawmaker issues statement blasting Pinkel's take on Paterno
KC Star: State representative chastises Pinkel for Paterno comments
Post-Dispatch: Mo. lawmaker condemns Mizzou coach's comments
Mizzou Vs. UGa
KC Star: Georgia, Mizzou's first SEC opponent, respects what Tigers can do
Post-Dispatch: MU's SEC opener, vs. Georgia, has interesting twists
The Trib (Dave Matter): Media pick Missouri fourth in SEC East
Post-Dispatch: MU picked for 4th in SEC East
KC Star: Elvis Fisher, E.J. Gaines on media's preseason all-SEC team
Mizzou Diamond Sports Links
Softball Coaching Clinic
MUtigers.com: Spots Remain for Mizzou Softball Coaching Clinic
SimmonsField.com: Mizzou Baseball Diaspora: The Dream
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Show Me State Games
The Trib: MU athletes to appear at SMSG opening ceremonies
Mizzou Women's Golf
MUtigers.com: Rogers Takes Fourth at the Canadian Amateur Championship
The Braiser: Eric Ripert's "On The Table" with Anthony Bourdain