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Mizzou Links, 5-6-08

Well...Max Scherzer's debut start didn't go particularly well, though the three unearned runs suggest that wasn't necessarily his fault.  Mad Max went 4 innings, gave up 7 hits, 2 walks, and 2 earned runs (plus the 3 unearned runs), struck out five, and threw 58 of 92 pitches for strikes.  He started laboring his second time through the order (gave up more hits, took more pitches to get outs), and he ended up getting beaten by 84-year old Jamie Moyer, but that's alright.  Two appearances into his career, he's averaging almost 1.5 K's per innings and he's got himself a 2.16 ERA.  Not bad.  Mizzourah has a bit more.

Well...a week into his pro career, Tony Temple has already been cut.  Tony was dropped by the Browns and picked up by the Bills.  Knowing what little I know about the Bills, I'd think that Cleveland's depth chart was a more favorable situation, but I guess not.

For all those recruiting newbies out there, PowerMizzou has thrown together a 'Tiger Recruiting Timeline', suggesting what to expect and when over the next few months.

Graham Watson catches up with, of all people, Kalen Grimes.  Pretty decent story.

"It was a tough year," Grimes said. "I had a lot of regrets about the situation, but I was fortunate enough to keep my scholarship and finish school here at the University of Missouri. A lot of people wouldn't have even had that opportunity."

Initially, the prospect of allowing Grimes to keep his scholarship was one that hadn't crossed coach Mike Anderson's mind. But as Grimes and his mother, Glenda, sat in Anderson's office to receive the news that he was no longer with the team, Glenda pleaded for her son's ability to finish his education.

"It was a tough decision, but it was the right decision," said Anderson, who plans to watch Grimes graduate May 17. "And if we had to do it all over again, we'd do the same thing.

"At the end of the day you want to make sure these young men have a life, because there's a life after basketball. ... When I look at where I'm from and the things that have helped me in life, there's always been some event or some people that have had an influence."

Mutigers.com knows what you're thinking--just the other day you were wondering how Zaire Taylor's transfer redshirt year was going...and they found out for you!

Finally, note to Chicago athletes: once you make it big, never go back home.