Mizzou Links, 2-18-14: Michael Sam, Kony Ealy, QBs, and the impact of the SEC Network on hoops

Bill Carter

Kony Ealy is Justin Tuck, Mizzou gives Drew Lock a new look, the SEC Network should help out the hoops viewing experience, and ... WE'RE TALKING SPRING FOOTBALL!!!!!1!!

1. Michael Sam Watch, Day 9

KC Star: In Columbia, hate meets its match as community stands with Michael Sam
KC Star: Gregorian: Mizzou Rallies Behind Sam

2. That 'other' end (you know, the first-rounder)

SB Nation: Kony Ealy 2014 NFL Draft scouting report

Pro comparison: Justin Tuck, New York Giants - Like Tuck, Ealy enters the NFL as a player who will rely on his agility and strength while picking up the nuances of the NFL games. Tuck and Ealy both demonstrate a solid first step and excellent inside moves when getting to the quarterback.

Final word: After Jadeveon Clowney, the 2014 NFL Draft defensive end class is a bit muddled. Not many players stand out as pure 4-3 defensive ends. Ealy will benefit from that on draft day. He has all of the physical tools to play at a high level in the NFL but needs to refine some of the mental parts of his game. The fire and emotion he flashes on the field need to be more consistent and also reigned in. He needs to prove he can bring it on every play. Ealy is not without flaws as a prospect, but all of his flaws are easily fixable. His physical talent is something that can't be taught.

3. Recruiting never ends

2015
PowerMizzou: A different feel for Lock
KC Star: LS West running back Ryan Williams commits to Missouri

2014
PowerMizzou: Film Room: 2014 OL/TE

4. SPRING BALL ... WE'RE TALKING SPRING BALL ALREADY!!!!!1!

WE MADE IT!!!

The Trib (Behind the Stripes): MISSOURI POSITION PRIMER: Quarterbacks

Printz showed sound decision-making and a precise arm in our limited views of him during preseason and bowl practice and could possibly have been pressed into duty as a true freshman when Franklin and Berkstresser were out of service. The redshirt freshman from Marietta, Ga., looks to have a more advanced game in the pocket than Berkstresser and Hosick, even if the Tigers would give up some in the running department with him back there. Printz could challenge Mauk, the prohibitive favorite, for the starting spot if he's able to show coaches he can approximate Mauk's playmaking ability while also being a bit less of a wild card.

5. Fewer 6pm tip-offs, please

MUtigers.com: What Does the SEC Network Mean For Hoops?

The 24/7 network will provide unprecedented coverage of all league sports, from studio programming to at least 450 live events every year. That will include more than 100 men's basketball games, many of which will feature Mizzou.

Although a schedule for next season won't be released until later, a look at this year's MU men's basketball slate gives an idea of how the SEC Network will affect fans' ability to watch games it the future.

In past years, Tiger games not picked up by national television have been aired statewide on outlets like the Mizzou Sports Network, Metro Sports, Fox Sports Midwest and the syndicated SEC TV package. The new SEC Network is expected to replace all of these options, as you can see in the hypothetical 2013-14 schedule below.

As many as 12 regular-season games – including, for example, this Wednesday's 7 p.m. tipoff vs. Vanderbilt, which will air on SEC TV – and both exhibitions this season would have been broadcast on the SEC Network had it launched in August 2013 rather than August 2014.

And while we're talking hoops...
The Trib (Courtside View): Haith talks about rematch with Vanderbilt
Post-Dispatch (Dave Matter): Catching up
The Missourian: Former Tiger Oriakhi gives Missouri forwards boost
PowerMizzou: Path to the Dance

6. WHATNOT

Swimming & Diving
MUtigers.com: Swimming and Diving Set for SEC Championships

Women's Golf
MUtigers.com: Tigers Continue Action at Lady Puerto Rico Classic

Hall of Fame
Mizzou Network: Class of 2013 Mizzou Hall of Fame Inductions

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