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Another Good Day in the Pros

Mizzou Football Links (like it or not)

  • The Trib: MU was up, down, up and down at last

    On offense, Missouri took an inevitable step backward after replacing career passing king Chase Daniel and the team’s three leading receivers. Points per game dropped from 42 to 29, but the most striking regression came on third downs — a 36.8 conversion rate, compared to 53.4 in 2008 — and in the red zone, where the Tigers scored touchdowns on just 40 percent of their trips, down from 71 percent last season. Hailed in the preseason as the Tigers’ primary threat, Missouri’s running game became less effective in 2009, averaging just 127 yards per game, the lowest mark since 1994.

    Instead, that threat was No. 81. His career ravaged by injuries, Danario Alexander wrapped up his senior year leading the country in receiving yards with 1,781, an MU single-season record and the sixth-most in NCAA history. Eight of his 14 touchdown catches came on plays that covered 50 yards or more.

    On the other end of those throws, first-year starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert shook off a midseason slump that coincided with a right ankle sprain by playing like the five-star prospect Missouri recruited two years ago, including a four-game interception-less streak to close the regular season. Gabbert nearly matched or eclipsed Daniel’s 2006 passing numbers, though Thursday’s performance — two interceptions, four sacks — was reminiscent of his dreadful October.

    “2010 starts right now,” Gabbert said after losing to Navy. “We’re going to use this as motivation and work hard in the offseason.”

  • The Trib: Border win and broken hearts
  • The Birddog: Texas Bowl Day 3
    The Birddog: Some Scenery
  • PowerMizzou: Lucas Vincent shines at all-star game

Mizzou is Better Than Georgia at Basketball

More Leach

  • Wiz of Odds: Mike Leach Curses Out Adam James
  • Senator Blutarsky: Bob Davie isn't a lawyer; he just plays one on TV
  • Naples Daily News (via Senator): ESPN leaving itself open for criticism with handling of Leach dispute
  • Double-T Nation: ESPN is Wrong in its Characterizations of the New Affidavits
  • Dr. Saturday: Ruffin McNeill's Texas Tech audition has a familiar ring
    Dr. Saturday: Tech fans deck the Alamodome for Leach; Tech players less sympathetic
  • ESPN.com (shockingly enough): Texas Tech players describe a different side of Mike Leach
  • ESPN.com: Tech pursuing Jets' Lynn?

Big 12 Links (football and basketball)

Goodbye from Mizzourah

Our boys at Mizzourah closed their doors this weekend.  Below are their individual goodbyes ... be sure to stop by and pay your respects...

Finally, this has nothing to do with nothing, but it's potentially the best movie review I've ever read. I'm really going to miss Ebert when he's gone.