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Mizzou Links, 12-5-11

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LOTS of good stuff today. Enjoy. And do check in after the jump for a great Pinkel-SEC article and a tear-jerker about Laurence Bowers.

Mizzou Football Links

  • The Trib: Pinkel, Tigers try to put a happy face on their season of adversity

    In all, offensive starters or key backups missed 49 games because of injuries. Defensive starters and backups missed another 20. Those players included senior linebacker Will Ebner, who suffered a high ankle sprain the first game of the season and will pursue a medical hardship waiver for 2012. All-Big 12 kicker Grant Ressel missed the final five games with a strained hip flexor.

    Missouri dealt with more injuries and had more players miss games than Pinkel had experienced in his 21 seasons as a head coach, he said this week.

    Pinkel’s team had other issues, too. The final scores of the five losses suggest a season of close finishes, but the Tigers became experts at falling behind on the road and rallying just enough to save face. Missouri lost in overtime at Arizona State, by 10 at Oklahoma, by seven at Kansas State and by three at Baylor. But in each loss, MU squandered opportunities before erupting in the fourth quarter. In their five losses, the Tigers were outscored 50-6 in the third quarter — getting only two Ressel field goals at Arizona State — but outscored their foes in the fourth quarter 74-42.

  • Back To The Port Mizzou Accepts Bid from Independence Bowl Bowl Announcement Quotes
    Carolina March: Unfair BCS Process "Upgrades" UNC to the Independence Bowl
    The Trib: Tigers headed back to Shreveport
    The Missourian: Missouri set for Independence Bowl, passed over for Big 12 choice
    Post-Dispatch: Mizzou will play North Carolina in Independence Bowl
    KC Star: Tigers declare for Independence Bowl again
    KC Star: MU takes Independence Bowl bid in stride
    PowerMizzou: Tigers accept Independence Bowl bid
    PowerMizzou: PMTV-HD: Bowl Bound
  • Aldon Smith
    Niners Nation: 49ers 26, Rams 0: San Francisco Says 'We Don't Need No Stinkin' Red Zone,' Wins NFC West
    The Republic: Former Missouri standout Aldon Smith defies easy description with the 49ers
    TwitVid: Aldon Smith with a sack, then sprints to sidelines
    Post-Dispatch: Bernie Bits

    We'll see a lot of the Mizzou football alums, Justin Smith and Aldon Smith, as they chase the Rams around on Sunday. But we wanted to mention that another Missouri man, linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, is having an excellent season for the Atlanta Falcons. 'Spoon is grading out as the best overall player on the Atlanta defense this season.

Other Football Links


  • The Trib: Pinkel: "We had to do what's best for Mizzou"
  • KC Star: Pinkel on MU's move to the SEC: 'This is our shot'

    Q: What led to Missouri deciding to leave the Big 12 Conference for the SEC? Was the watershed moment in the first week of the season prior to the Miami of Ohio game?

    A: "Our chancellor (Brady Deaton) took a vote for everybody, all the CEOs in the Big 12 and they said they’re absolutely in. The next day we had a couple of members of our conference come out and say that they were going to look (out) for themselves … and that they (Oklahoma was the main one) were going to consider joining the Pac-12. Is the University of Missouri going to be in the Big East? Is the University of Missouri going to be in the Mountain West? We went through this whole thing a year ago. At that time the university administration said that they had to do what’s best for the University of Missouri. That was the defining moment for our chancellor. The Southeastern Conference wanted one team. That was the University of Missouri, and they pursued us." [...]

    Q: Some have implied you did not agree with this move. Is that true?

    A: "The chancellor really wanted to know my views on this, and I agree with it. If we can’t fix the Big 12 — I mean fix it and be assured that it’s going to work — then we’ve got to look out for what’s best for the University of Missouri. It’s sad because it could have been a great league. I was asked if you want the Big 12 to fall apart. Are you kidding me? There’s no hard feelings in any way towards the Big 12. But there is still a huge question mark whether it’s going to work. … Monumental problems and nothing gets fixed."

  • PowerMizzou: The SEC Reaction to Tiger hoops
  • CBS Sports: Humble Slive has SEC walking tallest in college football

Mizzou Basketball Links

  • Mizzou > Northwestern State No. 13 Tigers Cruise Past Northwestern State, 90-56 Postgame Notes Postgame Quotes
    The Trib: Tigers treat fans to rout
    The Missourian: Missouri routs Northwestern State
    KC Star: Mizzou rolls on to 7-0
    KC Star: Mizzou basketball team proud of its unbeaten start
    Post-Dispatch: Mizzou rolls to an easy win
    PowerMizzou: Career highs all over
    KBIA Sports Extra: Unselfish play, career games, give Mizzou basketball a 7-0 start
    Fox Sports MW: Marcus Denmon, No. 13 Missouri rout Northwestern St
  • 'Nova
    The Trib: MU eager to try luck in Garden Maurice Sutton Sidelined by Dislocated Left Thumb
  • Party Starter
    The Missourian: Laurence Bowers deals with injury by remembering his inspiration

    With his coach mentality, he has no problem being excited for his team's success even without him on the court. When Missouri beat California to claim the CBE Classic title, he joked that he almost re-tore his ACL.

    "I jumped out of joy and excitement," Bowers said.

    He's found a new way to lead his team.

    "My basketball IQ is getting very high," Bowers said. "Obviously I'd rather be out there, but I’m seeing what the coaches see." [...]

    Bowers made a direct line to the locker room, to his locker, where he sat with the pain in his heart worse than the pain in his knee.

    When Kim English saw Bowers, he followed him. Not a word was exchanged as Bowers rested his head on English’s shoulder.

    English is Bowers' roommate of three years, his teammate of four. Together, they declared for, and then withdrew from, the NBA draft at the end of last season. English is a friend Bowers has come to regard as a brother, who Bowers started and was supposed to finish his college basketball career with.

    But Bowers' season was over. The plan had changed. He took a medical redshirt and will sit on the bench this season, then return for a fifth season next year.

    "Kimmie was my strength. He got me out of the arena," Bowers said. "It really hurt me, and he was there to pick me up."

  • KC Star: Gridder Andrew Jones joins Mizzou hoops, too
  • Fox Sports MW: Frank Haith winning over critics

Other Mizzou Links

  • Mizzou Volleyball Volleyball Falls to No. 17 Florida in Opening Round
    The Missourian: Missouri falls to No. 17 Florida in NCAA Tournament
  • Mizzou Women's Basketball Tigers Drop Heartbreaker to Northwestern, 74-70
    The Trib: Tigers can't finish
    The Missourian: Missouri can't push past Northwestern
    KBIA Sports Extra: Mizzou women unable to hold on, suffer first loss of the season
  • Mizzou Golf
    The Trib: MU golf recruit participates in national event


  • Balotelli
    Dirty Tackle: In Photos: Mario Balotelli scoring with his shoulder like a boss
  • Iron Chef
    Food Network Humor: Next Iron Chef: Just The Good Stuff (Episode 6)