Kendial Lawrence photo via Bill Carter.
Note to new Missouri point guard commit Wesley Clark: 1) I will forever call you The General, and 2) as the original General Wesley Clark probably learned from his brief presidential bid, you have to learn to win the news cycle. Committing two days before the football season begins is not a way to win the news cycle! But welcome regardless.
(More on The General after the jump.)
Mizzou Football Links
The Trib (Dave Matter): Wednesday Morning Links
The Trib (Dave Matter): Pinkel: Webb, Edwards likely to play
on offseason preparation for the SEC…
"It's not been normal since we knew were going to become members of the SEC. For the staff it's been more recruiting adjustments and we're playing teams we've never played before. So, the studying and evaluation of all our opponents, their personnel and schemes, offense, defense and kicking. For myself, those are part of it also. The facilities, talking about things there. Recruiting and those adjustments. It's salaries, it's budgets. It's a lot of things that we call the SEC Transition. We kind of put together a master plan from a football perspective at the beginning of January. … It's something I never thought I'd have to do. How does this happen? You're a member of a BCS (league) and all of a sudden you're playing in a different league. When does that eve happen? Well, it happened."
So Pinkel said Evan Boehm will have to fill in at left guard, becoming the first true freshman to start on the offensive line at Missouri under Pinkel.
"He's going to be learning on the run a little bit. But he's a guy who's certainly capable," Pinkel said.
Pinkel said there are several factors that make it difficult for a freshman on the offensive line. Most don't have the size and strength necessary. But Boehm, who is listed as 6-foot-3 and 310 pounds on the team's website, is better equipped than most.
PowerMizzou: Pinkel on the SEC Teleconference
PowerMizzou: Powered Up: Let the Games Begin
If you want to get your panties in a bunch every time a radio guy with a Southern drawl (or a Kansas City accent) tells you how hard it's going to be for Missouri, feel free. I'm not going to tell you how to spend your time. If you want to fire back at every Kansas, Kansas State, Texas and Oklahoma fan that tweets you telling you how Missouri football will be forever irrelevant, if you want to tell them how utterly awful that makes the league they are still in sound, again, go ahead. Maybe you have enough free time to do it and that's how you choose to spend it.
But you know what the beauty of Saturday night is going to be? Come Saturday night, none of that stuff is going to matter.
Radio show hosts and bloggers and TV guys and people with jobs like mine make good money off of college football. And part of that is drawing on the passion of the fans. College football isn't a three-month-a-year thing anymore. It's year round. Fans are passionate. All of those mediums survive and thrive completely BECAUSE fans care so much. But all of what we have said over the last nine months means exactly NOTHING come Saturday night at 6 p.m.
KC Star: A look around the SEC
Post-Dispatch: Injured Mizzou DBs will play Saturday
After upgrading on Monday the status of injured starting defensive backs Kip Edwards and Braylon Webb from doubtful to questionable for Saturday's opener against Southeastern Louisiana, Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel on Wednesday offered an even more upbeat assessment.
"I think they'll both play," he said during the weekly Southeastern Conference media briefing.
Webb had surgery for a torn meniscus less than two weeks ago, and Edwards has been contending with a sprained knee.
QB No. 1
Fox Sports MW: SEC proves new challenge for Franklin
Georgia's trip Sept. 8 to Memorial Stadium will be one of Missouri's most anticipated games in history. Then on Oct. 13, Alabama will arrive boasting 14 national titles. The Tigers' schedule also includes visits to sites like South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee.
How will Franklin handle it all? [Former Arkansas quarterback Barry] Lunney has this advice: Stay true to yourself. For the Missouri quarterback, that means being a dual-threat presence. He has 2,971 yards passing and 1,097 yards rushing in two seasons.
Will Franklin's style translate to the SEC, a league known for defensive speed? Missouri's spread scheme was to credit for the program's rise in the Big 12. Still, Lunney found in 1992 that a learning curve was required to move forward.
"Once you beat them the first time, then they become a lot more normal to you," Lunney says of SEC opponents. "They become more like a conference opponent to you than somebody that you're going (against) to gain admiration and respect."
Kendial God Lawrence
The Trib: Now, it's Lawrence's time to shine
PowerMizzou: Finish the run
ESPN.com: Missouri's Dorial Green-Beckham playing faster
Your Daily Mad Max
KC Star: Missouri lineman Max Copeland runs down dream, earns scholarship
Capital One Bowl: 2012 SEC Previews: Missouri with Rock M Nation
Helpful Hints From Others
Team Speed Kills: Dear Texas A&M and Missouri: Here's a Word From Our Sponsors
We Are Mizzou
We Are Mizzou: Rookie Spotlight: Evan Winston
We Are Mizzou: Inside Access: Linebackers
Other Football Links
We've Got Some Work To Do Here, KC And StL
John Clay: The Top 25 television markets for college football
Mizzou Basketball Links
So here's Wesley Clark's Rivals.com profile, and here are some YouTube highlights. He never misses!!!!
(And yes, searching for "Wesley Clark" on YouTube produces one hell of an odd list.)
PowerMizzou: Clark decides to pull the trigger
The Trib: PG prospect Clark commits to Tigers
Mizzou Network: Tigers Release 2012-13 Non-League Schedule
The Trib: Toughest tests await Tigers away from home
The Trib (Steve Walentik): More thoughts on Missouri's schedule
PowerMizzou: Tigers release basketball schedule
KC Star: MU's full basketball schedule released; no game in KC
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou announces 2012-13 basketball schedule
Post-Dispatch: Tigers will face college hoops bluebloods
Mizzou Diamond Sports Links
In The Pros
SimmonsField.com: Missouri Baseball in the Minors: Arizona Fall League
SimmonsField.com: SxSE: Hail State
Other Mizzou Links
MUtigers.com: Tigers Head to Nashville for Lipscomb Invitational
The Trib (Ross Dellenger): The Scouting Report (volleyball, soccer)
Mizzou Cross Country
MUtigers.com: Cross Country Season Preview: Freshman Men
The Missourian: Missouri cross country teams look to experienced runners for success
The Braiser: VIDEO: Anthony Bourdain Interview On The Table