Mizzou Basketball Links
The Trib: Humble start sculpted Haith's character (Couldn't figure out what to blurb from this -- read it all.)
Card Chronicle: Tony Woods rethinking becoming a Cardinal
KC Star: Could Ajayi be big man Missouri needs?
PowerMizzou: Tigers enter picture for Elijah Carter
Some interesting names emerging here, none more interesting than Woods, the former Wake Forest Demon Deacon who has had an interesting recent history. For more, read here, here, here and here. Apparently his girlfriend and others vouched for his character before Louisville would start pursuing him ... here's to hoping that if he does end up here, he proves himself.
Mizzou Football Links
- The Trib (Dave Matter): Going Deep: Is James Franklin ready?
The Trib: Brad Madison in position to be MU's next elite pass-rushing fiend
"He’s an amazing guy," MU Coach Gary Pinkel said. "He’s a great story. It’ll never happen again in my career."
By that Pinkel meant Madison’s unusual conversion from offensive tackle to defensive end, a move Missouri’s staff made two springs ago when Madison was struggling to put on the weight required to play along the offensive line.
"It was easier to see him as an offensive lineman because his brother played there," said MU receivers coach Andy Hill, who recruited both Madisons out of Bethany, as well as former offensive tackle Tyler Luellen. "Ryan came in at 245 pounds, gained a bunch of weight and played three years for us. You knew Brad was probably a better athlete, but could he gain the weight? That was the real question."
Stuck in the 250s, Madison dazzled the coaches during offseason testing shortly after the 2008 season, enough to convince them he could return to his natural roots on defense. Madison played both ways for Larry Linthacum at South Harrison High School, but most considered Madison a defensive player who was big and strong enough to moonlight on offense, especially at the Class 1 level where Linthacum said Madison dominated as an offensive tackle.
Across the line of scrimmage, Madison played everywhere for South Harrison. Defensive end. Middle linebacker. Even cornerback on occasion against a top receiver.
- ESPN.com (David Ubben): Big 12 spring game recap: Missouri
- PowerMizzou: Jonathan Williams: One and done
- We Are Mizzou: Black and Gold Game Weekend
And for those who didn't see this at the B&G game ... this might be the best commercial Mizzou has ever produced...
Other Football Links
ESPN.com (Ivan Maisel): Oklahoma Sooners counting on experience this season
Dr. Saturday: Oklahoma's still playing the guessing game with its backfield. And that's OK.
Daily Oklahoman: Justin Blackmon vs. Ryan Broyles: The interview
Lawrence Journal-World: Brandon Bourbon injures leg at Monday practice, season in question
- Omaha World-Herald: Remembering Brook Berringer
- Smart Football: Bobby Petrino's shallow cross concept -- concepts, routes, and protection
ESPN.com (Bruce Feldman, $): Examining the path of Hampton O-line coach Jason Eck is a guide to the profession
Other Mizzou Links
SimmonsField.com: Mizzou Baseball Recruits
SimmonsField.com: It's about the ball, the bat, the mitt
KBIA Sports Extra: VIDEO: Chelsea Thomas strikeout reel