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Mizzou Links, 10-8-10

Photo via Bill Carter.
Photo via Bill Carter.

Mizzou Football Links

First things first: put out St. Louis TV Information for MU-CU. Figured some people might want to see that.

  • KBIA Sports Extra: VIDEO: Gary Pinkel, James Franklin and Mizzou's stability at quarterback
    KBIA Sports Extra: VIDEO: Gary Pinkel on Missouri's improvement in its secondary
  • Missouri adjusting to loss of starting RB
  • KC Star: Gabbert to Moe continues to make Mizzou go
  • The Trib: Tigers lineman Brad Madison is wreaking havoc
  • PowerMizzou: Tiger Mailbag!!

    Below is a large quote from the mailbag, but it's the best answer I've ever seen Gabe give, and it was worth sharing. Hopefully Gabe doesn't mind the large copy-paste -- there's plenty more in the article that isn't copy-pasted.  And though most of you already know this, the whole "Pinkel can't turn the corner!" meme drives me absolutely batty.  Mizzou was No. 1 in the country less than three years ago.
    Gary Pinkel has done a great job overall of making Mizzou a consistant winner year in and year out. Do you think he ever considers the question, "is what we are doing good enough to win the Big 12? A National Championship?" "What else can we do?" I ask this because year in and year out we are pretty good but nothing changes to become great.

    I'm going to do the best I can to answer this without being a smart aleck unnecessarily. But do you honestly think there is a day that goes by in Gary Pinkel's life where he DOESN'T consider those questions? Honestly? I don't. The simple fact is this: In 119 years of playing football, Missouri has had a legitimate shot to win a national championship probably three times (1960, 1969 and 2007). One of those was under Pinkel. That's a good success rate. ... The goals at Missouri (realistically) should be these:

    Going into the season, a bowl game is a foregone conclusion. Check.
    Every year, win eight or nine games. Check.
    Every few seasons, break through and win double digits. Check.
    Every once in a while, when the stars align and you get some breaks, put yourself in position to play for a national championship.

    Pinkel attained that final goal once. He may do so again and he may not. That's about as good as anybody in the country outside of the truly elite. The BCS national title game has existed since 1998. In the 12 years it has been played, a total of 12 teams have appeared in the game. Five teams have made it once (Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Nebraska, Miami and Alabama). The Tide very well may get back. It's not out of the question Nebraska could. The other three will not. In 1998, Tennessee beat #23 Mississippi State in the SEC championship game. That's the equivalent of Missouri facing Texas Tech in the Big XII title game in 2007, which the Tigers didn't have the good fortune to do. The Hokies didn't have a league championship game in 1999, nor did Miami in 2002. Nebraska didn't even WIN ITS DIVISION the year it played for the title. So what did those coaches do that Pinkel didn't? Got an extra break.

    The other 19 spots in the BCS title game have been claimed by Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Florida, USC, LSU and Florida State. Over the course of the last 40 years, those are seven of the top ten programs in college football by any measure.

    My point is, it's just not easy to get there. And it's virtually IMPOSSIBLE to get there anywhere other than the seven schools in the paragraph above, plus Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State and Notre Dame. Look up the history. Outside of those 11 teams, exactly five schools have even SHARED a national championship in the last 26 seasons.
  • Colorado Links
    The Trib (Dave Matter): Writer's Block: Colorado
    The Missourian: Colorado looks to overcome Missouri, road game drought
    Fox Sports MW: Preview: Missouri vs Colorado New-look Buffaloes visit Tigers this Saturday
  • '90 Buffs 'Took The Fifth,' Went On Their Way

Plus, a bonus link.  Mizzou commit Wesley Leftwich is a receiver with speed to burn ... and apparently a ridiculously strong-legged kicker.  Very entertaining combination to me.

Nebraska Rips Kansas State

Big 12 Links

  • Post-Dispatch: Big 12's football farewell will be memorable
  • Baylor-Tech
    Double-T Nation: Defensive Matchups | Texas Tech D vs Baylor O
  • Kansas
    Rock Chalk Talk: Jayhawks vs The Opponents Through 5 Games
  • Oklahoma
    Tulsa World: OU's Trent Ratterree is the quintessential team player (RATTERREE!!!!!!1!!)
    Daily Oklahoman: James Hanna could be what OU passing game was missing
  • Oklahoma State
    Tulsa World: Undefeated OSU prepares for big test in first road game this season
  • Texas A&M
    Dallas Morning News: Texas A&M tackle: We're partially to blame for Jerrod Johnson's struggles

Mizzou Basketball Links

  • PowerMizzou: Tigers will host top ten talent

    Wanna see's No. 9 player, Jarnell Stokes, in action at Mizzou Arena?  If the gym is open for their 'open scrimmage,' then go check him out.  It's long been assumed that Stokes was bound for Memphis, but needless to say, his "If I had to commit right now, it wouldn't be Memphis. I'm not sure,maybe Missouri or Tennessee," quote was just a bit encouraging.  Stokes is a 6'7, 230-pound beast ... he would be a very welcome addition to the Class of 2012 (he's a junior now), to say the least.
  • (College Basketball Blog): Mizzou latest to crack down on Twitter (in case you missed it in Fanshots)
  • The Trib (Steve Walentik): Counting down the Top 25 (The almosts)

Other Mizzou Links

  • Mizzou Volleyball Tigers Set to Face Oklahoma
  • Mizzou Soccer
    The Missourian: Coaching job keeps former MU soccer player involved in sport