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Mizzou Links, 1-23-08

Well, Will Compton did not announce his decision yesterday as expected (that supposedly comes around lunchtime today), but Zaviar Gooden did (and here's a bit more info on Gooden).  Very good news...and it's not every day that a recruit cancels a visit to OU to commit to Mizzou.

And if you want to see how ugly fans can get when they feel like they're being jerked around by an 18-year old, check out the thread above...and this one...and this one.  Nothing's bitchier than a Mizzou fan scorned.

Want some more recruiting blurbs?  Well, Dave Matter spent some time chatting with Blaine Gabbert recently.

First impression: A really bright, likeable kid who absolutely can’t wait to move to Columbia in June and get started working on the field. More than anything, I was impressed with Gabbert’s commitment to Missouri — and I mean his overall dedication to the program, not just his verbal pledge to sign with the Tigers. Kid is counting down the days until he gets his hands on the play book and zings passes to his future teammates.

Be sure to read the blurbs about all-star games and Martin Rucker's Scouts Inc. evaluatino as well.

Here's your official preview for tonight's MU-Tech game.  Mike Dearmond says the Tigers might look for Stefhon Hannah to shoot more.  Talk about a double-edged sword.  And the Missourian preaches the importance of limiting fouls.  Could be a problem against Tech, as they rely on getting you out of position with their motion and drawing plenty of fouls...and it usually works in Lubbock.

Here's Steve Walentik's weekly Big 12 Power Poll.  Needless to say, Mizzou's stay in the top half of the conference was short after an 0-2 week.

Mizzou Baseball will begin the season ranked #6 by Baseball America.  They're ranked #1 in the Big 12 (Baylor is next at #15, Texas #16).  How awesome is that?  And to think, three years ago I was ready for Mike Alden to fire Tim Jamieson.  Shows what I know.

Finally, the Trib previews tonight's Mizzou women's game against #6 Baylor.  My prediction?