Black & Gold Game Links!
- MUtigers.com: Tigers Close Spring Season With Solid Showing In Black & Gold Game
The Trib (Dave Matter): Emptying the B&G Notebook
The No. 1 offense looked rusty in the first half. It wasn’t Blaine Gabbert’s most polished passing day, and his receivers hurt him with some drops. Unlike last spring, Gabbert was with his full arsenal of top receivers — remember, Danario Alexander and Jared Perry didn’t play in the 2009 spring game — but his most impressive play was a scramble up the middle for 20 yards that would have gone for 49 under normal tackling rules.
Across the line of scrimmage, the No. 1 defense was snarling all over the field, as I wrote in Sunday’s Tribune. The pass rush was consistently putting heat on freshman QB James Franklin. Linebackers were dialed in. Corners were all over the ball. It was a great day for the 1s," cornerback Kevin Rutland said. "I thought spring ball was really productive for us. We had a great start, kind of slowed down a little but finished strong today." Which means what exactly? Not much until they’re keeping score for real, but to see four takeaways, including two on cornerback interceptions, is a promising development for this defense.
The Trib (Dave Matter): Black and Gold scrimmage stats
The Trib: Defense provides trial by fire
The Trib: Signature Play
KC Star: Gabbert, Washington star at MU spring game
KC Star: Back end defense makes Missouri's day
PowerMizzou: PMTV: Black and Gold Game
PowerMizzou: PMTV: Getting physical
The Missourian: Format change leads to more competitive scrimmage
The Missourian: Tiger football alumni come back to Columbia for spring football game
- Post-Dispatch: Mizzou wraps up spring practice with annual Black and Gold game
Other Football Links
- The Trib: Tim Barnes: A rock in the center
- PowerMizzou: James Franklin: Moving on up
- The Missourian: Danario Alexander used to challenges
- KC Star: Former Mizzou linebacker talks a good game as draft approaches
- Post-Dispatch: Mizzou is among universities helping athletes find jobs
Boulder Daily Camera: Martinez has big day for Huskers (a nice summary of a lot of conference spring games)
Crimson and Cream Machine: Spring Game Recap (Trent Ratterree scored a TD!!!)
The Trib: Missouri remains a better fit
The Trib: Anderson addresses meeting with Oregon
- PowerMizzou: Sticking around
KC Star: Anderson breaks silence, will stay at Mizzou
KC Star (Campus Corner): Anderson Doesn't See a Problem with Oregon Situation
Post-Dispatch: Anderson says decision to reject Oregon was 'pretty easy'
Post-Dispatch (Bryan Burwell): MU's Anderson makes the wise choice by rejecting Oregon
This time Anderson had to be careful not to come off as someone overplaying his hand at the wrong time. So far, the most productive consequences of Oregon's search have only been to the men they've pursued. Dixon and Alford got extensions. Turgeon got a raise. Stevens got a raise and an extension. Smith seems to be on the verge of getting new facilities. Clearly Anderson is not a dumb man and must have noticed those residual benefits.
However Anderson had one big problem. He cashed in 12 months ago, and the cupboard at Mizzou seems to be bare.
Anderson always said that he is not only a coach, but a businessman. But being a businessman doesn't mean he had to be a greedy man.
Anderson has worked hard to create an environment where it's now legitimate to harbor national championship aspirations at Missouri. Oregon is light years away from that.
A smart man obviously knows that.
A greedy man probably wouldn't have cared.
- ESPN.com: Mike Anderson snubs Oregon, stays with Missouri
- CBS Sports (Gary Parrish): Anderson passes on Oregon, will stay at Missouri
Other Basketball Links
- KC Star: Kansas lands top recruit Selby
- Ken Pomeroy: One Shining E-Mail
Rush the Court: The Effect of a Potential NBA Lockout on NCAA Basketball
Although the looming lockout and the current exodus of underclassman might hurt the college game in the short term, if the lockout actually happens it might be the best thing to happen to the college game in years. As college basketball fans, we knew we were going to lose the John Walls and Wesley Johnsons of the college basketball world to the NBA regardless of whether or not there was going to be a lockout, but we might have been able to keep the Daniel Ortons, Xavier Henrys, and Gordon Haywards for another year. Instead we might end up with an extra year of Brandon Knight, Harrison Barnes, Jared Sullinger, Josh Selby and company. I think that is a trade that most college basketball fans would take and that’s not even factoring in the possibility that David Stern might bully the Players Union into requiring future players to spend two years in college (or two years after his high school class graduates) before entering into the NBA. While that may be a stretch, one can dream, right?
Mizzou Softball Links
Mizzou 3, Texas Tech 1
MUtigers.com: Tigers Claw Past Red Raiders, 3-1
The Trib: The jolt they needed
The Missourian: Rhea Taylor leads Missouri to victory
Mizzou 5, Texas Tech 2
MUtigers.com: Tigers Complete Sweep of Tech
The Missourian: Senior lifts Missouri to victory
Mizzou Baseball Links
Mizzou 9, Oklahoma State 2
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Takes Opener Against OSU
The Missourian: Pitcher finally shows dominance in Missouri win
The Trib: Tepesch in command
Oklahoma State 10, Mizzou 7
MUtigers.com: OSU Evens Series with Tigers
The Trib: Tigers whiff on opportunities
The Missourian: After one pitcher's tossed, another comes through in Missouri's loss
Oklahoma State 4, Mizzou 3
MUtigers.com: Oklahoma State Edges Mizzou
The Missourian: Outfielder returns from injury in Missouri's loss
SimmonsField.com: Game Day: Unrealized opportunities
Other Mizzou Links
MUtigers.com: Senior Feature: Sarah Shire