Mizzou Links, 8-27-12

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 26: Max Scherzer #37 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the first inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Comerica Park on August 26, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Time to confuse you guys with one last Links Post > Camp Links combination. It seems to always kill comments, but ... after the karma thread, we might not be ready to look each other in the eye anyway, so maybe that's okay. Regardless ... MIZZOU FOOTBALL KICKS OFF IN FEWER THAN SIX DAYS!!!!!!1!!!

Mizzou Football Links

If you ignore what was either a poorly-worded passage or an enormous error -- Toledo in no way "ran Urban Meyer’s spread option," since a) Pinkel and Dave Christensen utilized a one-back set when they got to Mizzou, and b) Meyer's "spread option" didn't actually exist until 2001, when Pinkel took the Missouri job and Meyer went to Bowling Green -- the KC Star article on Yost below was very enlightening, perhaps the most interesting piece I've read about him.

  • Yost
    KC Star: MU assistant Yost has a flair for this game

    In 2007, Daniel led the Tigers to a brief stay as the nation’s No. 1 team, and he was a Heisman Trophy finalist. Blaine Gabbert was the best pocket passer of the lot, a future first-round NFL draft pick, and Franklin is a mix of all those skills. Mizzou has had no shortage of talent at the game’s most important position, largely because of Yost’s ability to identify recruits and then coach them to master the Tigers’ system.

    "Don’t tell me what they can’t do; tell me what they can do," he says, "and then that’s what they’re going to do within our system."

    A football team is only as good as its players. Years ago, Yost decided he again needed to stand out to get recruits’ attention. Around his second or third year at Mizzou, he stopped getting haircuts. His hair eventually touched his shoulders, and he’d had it frosted. But he wasn’t finished. He wanted a perm. The problem was that the bleaching had fried his hair so much that the texture wouldn’t stick. So Yost cut his hair and started over.

    "Just like you build nice facilities, you do all these things," he says. "… Whatever it takes in recruiting to make an impression."

    Yost, 42, says he believes the surfer look makes him seem relaxed and younger, maybe more identifiable to prospects. The key, though, is making a mark, because something unusual is unforgettable.

  • PPV
    MUtigers.com: Mizzou Football Opener to be Televised on Pay-Per-View
  • It Begins
    Mizzou Magazine: Diving into the SEC

    Howard Richards, BA ’88, joined the Tiger Radio Network booth last season, so the analyst and former Mizzou offensive lineman had a perfect view for Missouri’s Big 12 swan song. As the team transitions to a new set of opponents, Richards says the key is the defensive line in the SEC.

    "They play a more professional, attacking style in the SEC, and the players up front are big," says Richards of the conference that features five of the nation’s top 10 defenses. "Not just big but strong and athletic pass rushers. That’s where Mizzou is going to have to develop because of losing three starters."

    Post-Dispatch: A whole new game for Mizzou
    PowerMizzou: Born for the SEC
  • Tweets
    The Missourian: Preseason Twitter musings from Missouri football players
  • Gabs
    Jacksonville.com: Plenty of questions remain for Jaguars after blowout preseason loss to Baltimore

Mizzou Basketball Links

  • Europe
    Post-Dispatch: Tigers come together on their trip to Europe

Mizzou Diamond Sports Links

#Nasty indeed.

Mizzou Soccer Links

3-0, with two wins over ranked teams (one by a lot at home, another on the road without a star player). That's pretty much the best possible start you could ask for from a Mizzou Soccer team that should be right on the cusp of the Top 10 in the next set of polls.

  • No. 13 Mizzou 3, No. 19 Cal 2
    The Trib: Missouri soccer beats No. 19 Cal

Mizzou Volleyball Links

It was neither a great nor terrible start to the season for Mizzou Volleyball. They handled who they were supposed to handle, and they lost to a team ranked higher than them. Michigan handled them a little too easily for my liking, but it's early. We'll see how things develop.

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