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Mizzou Links, 10-1-12

Sheldon speaks (so does the new basketball assistant), Fire Yost™, and a mixed weekend for soccer and volleyball.

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October! Somehow it is friggin' October. Feels like the second week of September. No idea what's happening here.

Mizzou Football Links

  • Last Week
    The Trib (Dave Matter): Emptying the Notebook: Bent but not broken

    3. My Twitter feed hums every Saturday with fans calling for David Yost's head on a spike but what was there to complain about this week? More downfield throws? Check. Less designed quarterback runs? Check. More extra blockers on the field? Check. I-formation? Check. More runs for the tailback? Check. [...]

    Franklin came out committed to stretching the field vertically. His receivers weren't much help with four first-half drops, but the offense was intent on throwing downfield, notably to Dorial Green-Beckham, who was targeted three times downfield. [...]

    Kendial Lawrence had just one carry in the first half. After a 3-yard run on the second play from scrimmage, Missouri ran 18 plays the rest of the half without Lawrence getting a touch. That changed in the second half when he carried 18 times and caught four passes for 50 yards. Did it take too long to get him involved? Perhaps. But his 19 carries marked a career high. By game's end, Yost had committed to Lawrence and gave him his biggest workload in his four seasons at MU.

    Does Yost make some curious calls at times? Absolutely. Show me a coordinator who doesn't. But what was wrong with Saturday's plan?

    KC Star: Sunday rewind | Sheldon Richardson finally speaks after a dominant month

    [T]he most interesting thing Richardson said was that he actually faced some triple-teams Saturday – dead serious – and still managed to rack up nine tackles (two for loss), two quarterback hurries, a sack and a fumble recovery.

    "I put more pressure on myself than anybody," Richardson said. "Being the greatest player on the field is what I strive to be every play, every snap, every game."

    When Richardson, who has lost 20 pounds since last year, was told that the humid weather didn’t seem to affect his play, he smiled and agreed.

    "Oh yeah, tip-top shape," he said. "Tip top. Don’t get me wrong now, I had to catch a few breathers every blue moon. But for the most part, Coach (Steckel) and Coach (Kuligowski) made it clear that I’m not leaving the field."

    That’s because he’s simply too valuable.

    "He keeps getting better," said Missouri coach Gary Pinkel. "I just really see him grow as a young man. And just like I said before, the more he’s in the program, the better he’s going to get. And I’m proud of him because he’s one of the team guys now, he understands what we’re about, who we’re about, and he’s doing a great job."

    We Are Mizzou: PHOTOS: Mizzou 21, Central Florida 16
  • This Week
    Post-Dispatch: Vanderbilt seeing red

    [Vandy coach James Franklin] remains confident in quarterback Jordan Rodgers, who has completed only 54 percent of his passes. He has thrown for 649 yards during the team's 1-3 start with two touchdown passes and one interception.

    Against Georgia, Rodgers was 13 for 23 for 218 yards without a TD. Yet, the always upbeat Franklin nearly raved about the effort.

    "You know, this sounds crazy but I enjoyed coaching him (against Georgia) more than any other game," Franklin said. "I thought he was decisive, he was confident. There really weren't any plays I was frustrated because he wasn't seeing it the way I was seeing it."

Mizzou Basketball Links

  • The New Assistant (For Now)
    The Trib: For Carter, MU job, like career, was a surprise

    Carter's background is anything but typical among members of the coaching fraternity. His playing days were over by his senior year of high school.

    He was a 19-year-old sophomore studying business at Michigan State and getting hounded by his parents to get a part-time job back in 1998.

    He was driving down the street having another one of those conversations with his father on the phone when he looked to his left and noticed a sign.

    "It was MacDonald Middle School: 'Need coaches,' " Carter said. "I'm like, 'I'll just go coach basketball, and this guy will get off my back.' "

    He got the job coaching a team of eighth-graders in a season about to tip off within days.

    Carter's interest in the position wasn't coincidental. He'd grown up a basketball junkie in Grand Blanc, Mich., a die-hard fan of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls who tried to talk his high school coach into implementing the triangle offense during his junior season.

    He and a roommate, who served as his assistant, altered their college schedules to make time for evening practices and twice-weekly games, though Carter's intensity level wasn't perfectly suited for junior high students. He said he received a technical every game that season.

Mizzou Diamond Sports Links

Mizzou Soccer Links

Your current SEC East standings following a 1-1 week for Mizzou:

Mizzou (5-1, 10-2)
Florida (5-1, 8-3-1)
Kentucky (3-2-1, 8-3-1)
Tennessee (3-2-1, 8-3-2)
Vanderbilt (1-1-4, 4-4-5)
Georgia (1-3-2, 5-6-2)
South Carolina (0-3-3, 3-5-4)

In the West, Texas A&M is now 5-0-1, and nobody else is above .500. The East has certainly been the tougher division thus far.

  • No. 9 Mizzou 2, Georgia 1 No. 9 Mizzou Notches 2-1 Win at Georgia
    The Missourian: Missouri remains undefeated in the SEC
    KBIA Sports: Missouri soccer keeps rolling in the SEC
  • Tennessee 1, Mizzou 0 No. 9 Mizzou Suffers 1-0 Loss At Tennessee
  • The Missourian: Missouri soccer is ready to reach big goals

Mizzou Volleyball Links

Your current SEC East standings following a 1-1 week for Mizzou:

Florida (5-0, 11-2)
Missouri (4-2, 12-4)
Kentucky (3-2, 9-6)
Tennessee (2-3, 9-5)
Georgia (2-3, 8-6)
South Carolina (2-4, 13-4)

In the West, Texas A&M and Arkansas are each 4-1; no other team is above .500.

Other Mizzou Links

  • Mizzou Men's Golf Mizzou Golf Wins at George Mason
  • Mizzou Wrestling
    Hustle Belt: Big XII to join MAC wrestling?
  • Mizzou Cross Country Tigers faced SEC teams for the first time at Greater Louisville Classic
    The Missourian: Missouri men finish fourth at Greater Louisville Classic
    The Missourian: Runner returns to Missouri cross country team after two foot surgeries
  • Mizzou Women's Golf Savich Sisters Complete Third Round at Women's World Am
    The Missourian: Caddy experience boosts Missouri golfer Alina Rogers
  • Mizzou Tennis Tigers Host Sixth Annual Johnie Imes on Monday