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Mizzou Links, 6-29-10

'New Big 12' Links

  • KC Star: Missouri TV network could arrive sooner than later

    Missouri already has an Internet content stream — Mizzou All-Access — which for $9.95 per month or $80 per year provides live and archived game action in sports such as softball, baseball and gymnastics, as well as news conferences, some of those offerings free of charge.

    "We stream a lot of games," said Kevin Fletcher, coordinator of online operations for Mizzou All-Access. "Really, the only games we don’t stream are football games. We have not streamed swimming, we have not streamed tennis and we haven’t streamed any regular-season track."

    Fletcher estimated that the monthly All-Access subscriber list is currently around 500 with another 100 or so paying the yearly fee.

    CBS Sports has just come on board and by August will be providing an updated video player as well as more access to archived events that eventually could include replays — using school rather than national network footage — of such events as the infamous "Fifth Down Game" or the 1961 Orange Bowl.

    However, most fans, Fletcher anticipated, would consider a Mizzou Network to include a dedicated TV channel available through their cable provider in high definition.

  • Big 12 Sports: Count It
    If the 10-team league adopts an 18-game schedule, each team will face the other nine twice, home-and-home.

    Conference coaches expressed varied opinions during the Big 12’s summer conference call on June 28. But they all agree that a 16-game Big 12 schedule is a grind and that adding two league games will make for more sleepless nights, gray hair and/or hair loss.

    "We’ve been 15-1, 14-2 the last two years," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "With two more conference games, I think 14-4 will be a championship season because if you play everybody twice the league is going to be tougher."

    A 14-4 record is a .778 winning percentage. Only once in 14 seasons has the Big 12 champion had four losses (Oklahoma and Kansas tied for first in 2005 with 12-4 records, a .750 winning percentage). So a 14-4 record would still be an accomplishment.

    "It’s really gonna be a tough, tough league if we start playing 18 conference games," Missouri coach Mike Anderson said. "The home court will be very important. I know our kids will look forward to it. It will be a tougher challenge. Players want to play the best to be the best. And from a coaching stand point you want the challenge."
  • SI.com: After realignment, Big 12 coaches prepare for new format
  • ESPN.com: Coaches: Big 12 will be smaller but tougher
    ESPN.com: Weird year in hoops purgatory for Huskers, Buffs
  • KU Sports: Transfer could bring spark to KU basketball

  • Dr. Saturday: Realignment casualties: Bid farewell to Oklahoma-Nebraska
  • Topeka Capital-Journal: Cats consider schedule changes

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