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Mizzou Links, 12-10-07

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Links are scarce today, as nobody really has anything new to say.  They're apparently all following Big Head's "Things to Kill Time" list at the moment...

It appears that no commitments emerged from the weekend of recruiting, but that was not entirely unexpected, being that only two of the weekend's visitors were not already committed to Mizzou.  But both uncommitted visitors--Texas DE Josh Williams and Iowa OL Dan Hoch, both initially Nebraska commits--seemed to very much enjoy themselves.  Also from Colorado OL Bryce Givens enjoyed his Texas visit, but did not commit or anything.

Graham Watson was blogging from the back of the NYC Hard Rock Cafe Saturday night...

So I thought it would be interesting to look at the Honolulu, Fayetteville, and Gainesville newspapers to see what kind of articles they wrote about Heisman weekend (that, and I was desperate for links).  Here are two from the Honolulu Advertiser (whose top sports link is "surf report"...sigh...meanwhile, I had to start my car 15 minutes ago to hopefully melt through the 1/3" of ice covering the windows).  From the latter:

"I didn't think I was going to win," Brennan said. "I'm kind of glad because my speech wasn't up to par."

He then pulled out what appeared to be a Post-it.

"I wrote it on the way over," he said, smiling. "I wasn't planning on winning. It was just awesome to be in the experience."

From the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (NW Edition)...

McFadden admitted he was a bit disappointed.

"I was kind of down because I had high hopes coming in here," McFadden said.

Later, when meeting the media at the Hard Rock Cafe, Mc-Fadden said he would cherish everything he’s done in his college career, though he did not announce he would forego his senior season yet.

"I have no regrets," he said. "If I had to do it all over again, I’d do it the same way. I love all my fans back home, and I know they love me. I don’t think they’re going to disown me because I didn’t win the Heisman."

And from the Gainesville Sun...

Tebow has said he plans to complete four seasons at Florida, though he wouldn’t be the first young man to change his mind and jump to the NFL early. He could also become the first three-time winner.

"I'm going to get my education, that's for sure," Tebow told CNN in an interview Sunday morning. "I dreamed of going to the University of Florida, I love going there, I love being a Gator. I'm going to finish out my education."

When pressed if he was going to complete his eligibility, Tebow said, "I'm not sure what the future holds, but I'm pretty sure."

So you know how, in the first few years of Quin Snyder's tenure here, Mizzou Basketball played well and lost to the eventual regional champion every year in the NCAAs (2000 UNC, 2001 Duke, 2002 OU, 2003 Marquette)?  Well, Bryan Blitz's Mizzou Soccer club fits in, I guess.  They lost in OT to USC in the 2nd round of the NCAAs a couple weeks ago, and USC upset Florida State to win the NCAAs yesterday.

Finally, no Big 12 teams made Volleyball's Final Four this year.  Iowa State's surprise run ended in the Sweet 16, #3 Texas was swept by USC (who's having a helluva women's fall season) in the Elite 8 in Gainesville, and #2 Nebraska was swept by Cal in the Elite 8.  The seemingly 16-year reign of terror by Nebraska's 6'5 Sarah Pavan is finally over.  The Pac-10-centric Final Four matchups are Stanford-USC and Penn State-California, in (fittingly) Sacramento.