With some scheduled SBN maintenance finally through, let's link!
1. 8 weeks, 3 days to South Dakota State
MUTIGERS.COM: Bruce Walker to Retire from Coaching
The Trib: MU football assistant coach Bruce Walker retires
The Missourian: Missouri football assistant Bruce Walker retires at 53
Post-Dispatch: Longtime Pinkel assistant retires from coaching
PowerMizzou: Study Guide: Georgia
2. <4.5 months to basketball
The most daunting task facing Wayne Kreklow and company will be replacing First Team All-American and four-year phenom Molly Kreklow, who led the nation in assists last season while quarterbacking a Mizzou offense that led the nation in kills, hitting and assists. While that is no easy task, the Tigers have two players that will look to take the reins this season. Sophomore Loxley Keala, who played last season as a defensive specialist, has plenty of Division I playing experience but none at setter. However, the Honolulu native is a seasoned setter and comes from a coaching family. She assisted on 49 kills last season while playing at DS and is the front-runner to take the position this season.
Wayne and Susan Kreklow's daughter, Ali Kreklow, has joined the team this season as well for her freshman year. After setting at Rock Bridge High School for four seasons, Kreklow should figure into the mix this season and will likely push Keala for the starting role.
4. Oh, some of these were sooooooo dumb
SB Nation: Belgium vs. United States, 2014 World Cup: Final score 2-1, Red Devils hold off USA in extra time
SB Nation: The USMNT in Brazil: Hope sleeps on the couch
SB Nation: Be proud of the USMNT, and be optimistic about their future
SB Nation: You're still a hero, Tim Howard
SB Nation: Thank you, USMNT, from a guy who drank half a bottle of bourbon
SB Nation: You don't have to wait 4 years to feed your U.S. Soccer addiction
US Soccer Players: 5 from Belgium vs USMNT