I'm still playing catch-up, evidently, so enjoy today's backlog of links.
Mizzou Football Links
A few different times in the first half of last Saturday's game in Waco, I found myself thinking, "Man, I'm starting to become really impressed with Braylon Webb." So naturally, he got hurt. And naturally, his replacement (Matt White) got burned on two long passes and a long run in the second half. And naturally, he'll now miss the Texas game.
(Also: I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Sheldon was joking around a bit with the "I hate people from Texas" stuff since, you know, half the damn Mizzou team is from Texas.)
MUtigers.com: Two-Game Homestand Begins With Texas
Austin American-Statesman: Texas vs. Missouri: What Randy Riggs is looking for
Dallas Morning News: Overheard: Mizzou DT Sheldon Richardson "hates people from Texas"
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Media Day Quotes
The Trib (Dave Matter): Monday Missouri Briefing
The Trib: Pinkel no longer wants to talk about conference
PowerMizzou: Tigers focused on UT, not SEC
Post-Dispatch: Pinkel puts off commenting on SEC move
PowerMizzou: Sophomore WRs step up
KC Star: Starting safety Braylon Webb is out
The Mid-Game Funk
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou is haunted to third-quarter woes
SB Nation (Self-Share): 2011 Bowl Projections, Week 11: Ducks, Tigers And A Potential Mess
Sporting News: Blaine Gabbert needs to improve accuracy, pocket presence
Mizzou Basketball Links
Central Missouri must be pretty decent because Missouri only beat them by 18, and I really didn't find too much to complain about. Mizzou shot over 50 percent and had five guys in double-figures; Kim Anderson's squad was probably allowed to grab a few too many rebounds, I guess, and Kadeem Green fouling out in 12 minutes was disturbing, but otherwise I think they earned what they got. Expect a post-exhibitions Study Hall post before Friday's season opener versus SEMO.
Mizzou > Central Missouri
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Closes Exhibition Play With Win
MUtigers.com: Mizzou-Central Missouri Postgame Notes
The Trib: Tigers win in final tune-up
The Missourian: Ratliffe powers Missouri past Central Missouri
KC Star (Campus Corner): Mizzou completes exhibition tour of MIAA 3-0
PowerMizzou: Ricardo Ratliffe the key in win and for the season
- KC Star: MU's Marcus Denmon is prepared for life, not just basketball
- KC Star: Guard Michael Dixon jump-starts Missouri team
- KC Star: A closer look at MU hoops
- The Missourian: Freshman suspended from Missouri men's basketball team
- The Missourian: Missouri holds free youth clinic
- Rush the Court: Big 12 Morning Five
I was very surprised to see the South Carolina president come out and say that the SEC would move to a nine-game conference schedule when they expanded to 14 teams. Turns out, he was both premature and incorrect. Things could change, I guess, but Mike Slive now says they will stay at eight. Obviously that makes things at least a bit easier, though since Mizzou only had three non-conference opponents lined up for 2012 (Southern Illinois, Arizona State, at Miami-Ohio), expect Missouri to scrounge around for another cupcake.
- SB Nation (Self-Share): SEC Expansion: Can Missouri And Texas A&M Compete In Their New Divisions?
- KBIA Sports Extra: Will Mizzou win or lose in the SEC? Here's a sport-by-sport analysis
The Trib: Missouri is eager for equality
The Trib: MU gets its wish and now must adjust
The Trib: Realignment timeline
The Trib (Dave Matter): Nixon: 'We now begin another chapter'
- AL.com: SEC, meet Missouri; Missouri, meet SEC
- Mr. SEC: Even With A&M And Mizzou, SEC Is Still A "Regional" League
- The Missourian: Retailers order SEC merchandise after Missouri announces move
PowerMizzou: Burden of Proof
PowerMizzou: Like Father, Unlike Son
PowerMizzou: The long road to the SEC
PowerMizzou: PMTV-HD: Full SEC press conference
KC Star: KC mayor to Mizzou: Don't be a stranger
KC Star (Campus Corner): Brown, Pinkel and Self on MU to SEC
- We Are Mizzou: Mizzou Joins the SEC
- Tulsa World: Stoops on Missouri move: Best of luck
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou to SEC: Thumbs up or thumbs down?
Post-Dispatch: MU is in for a big change with move to SEC
- College Football Talk: Boren praises Neinas for keeping the Big 12 together
College Football Talk: SEC will continue to play eight conference games with addition of Mizzou
KC Star: MU will play eight-game SEC football schedule, but rest is unclear
John Clay: SEC says eight is enough
KC Star: Not all KU fans support uncivil war of words
Other Mizzou Links
Mizzou Volleyball is back to .500 in conference (they've won three matches in a row), and they're now 20-9 overall, so I'm feeling quite a bit better about their NCAA Tournament chances now. The home stretch is interesting, however -- they face two excellent opponents (Iowa State, Texas) at home and two incredibly beatable opponents (A&M and Tech, both of whom fell in four sets in Columbia) on the road. Really, anything between an 0-4 and 4-0 finish are possible, though 2-2 would be very, very beneficial to the postseason cause.
MUtigers.com: Wayne Kreklow Wins No. 400 vs. Baylor
The Trib: Henning provides more magic in MU volleyball victory
The Missourian: Henning continues strong play for Missouri volleyball team
MUtigers.com: Henning Named Big 12 Player of the Week
MUtigers.com: Texas Match Selected for 7 p.m. Start
MUtigers.com: Tigers 'Serving Healthy Hearts'
MUtigers.com: 2011-12 Season Preview
MUtigers.com: Tigers Fall in Big 12 Semifinal
Mizzou Swimming & Diving
MUtigers.com: Successful Weekend for Tigers Against Kentucky, SIU
MUtigers.com: What to Look for on the Vault
In regard to the Penn State matter, I'll just consolidate what I said on Twitter last night: I have said very little about the Sandusky situation overall, and for two main reasons: 1) First of all, Spencer Hall and Matt Hinton said 90% of what I might have thought to say below, and 2) I hate seeming like i'm just jumping on the moralism bandwagon if I have nothing original to say. One thing, however: I root for, enjoy and write about a sport that often employs cheaters and creates easy-to-skirt regulations. All I ask is that the people who oversee the athletic departments -- the athletic directors, the university higher-ups, etc. -- actually oversee them. Don't cover up for them. Make sure that if they are skirting your university's values and calling, they do not get away with it. Because they won't always get away with it, and it will fall on you. I wouldn't think this is too much to ask, but evidently it is for some.
Also: I ask that the people who claim to be religious and of high moral fiber ... act on said moral fiber, even if it puts you in a difficult situation. And while I understand the power (and draw) of a good-ole boy network in life (I've certainly benefited from having a little network of friends/connections at times), if someone in your good-ole boy network is a goddamn pedophile, then good-ole boy rules no longer apply.
This is, for now, mostly directed at the Penn State athletic director and the other higher-ups currently looking at the blade of an ax. I have not yet figured out what I think about Joe Paterno himself. I have heard that he is quite hands-off in general when it comes to making friends with staff members, and there is a chance that he truly didn't know much in regard to this. What he was told and when are still a bit unclear to me. But the odds are good that he knew enough to act and didn't, and ... that makes me both sad and angry. We'll see how this unfolds.
One thing I know for certain, however: I could care less what recruits think about this right now. My goodness. I know we all want this saga to be through, and when it is through, then recruiting fallout will matter. But it doesn't right now, not even a little bit.