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Mizzou Links, 10-22-12

Not the most fun of weekends for Mizzou athletics.

Cary Emondson-US PRESSWIRE

Not the greatest weekend for Mizzou athletics. As far as we know, the football team didn't get anybody else hurt, which is refreshing, and Swimming & Diving looked good. But Blaine Gabbert did get hurt (and during a game in which he was actually looking quite good: 8-for-12 for 110 yards, a touchdown and no sacks), Mizzou Volleyball split against two iffy teams, and Mizzou soccer completely fell apart, losing twice at home to finish the home schedule. Not fun.

Mizzou Football Links

  • Game Week
    Post-Dispatch: Kentucky, MU's next opponent, gets good game from QB
  • The Road Ahead
    The Trib: As MU, Pinkel quickly have found out, life in SEC is as tough as advertised

    Nutt, now a TV analyst for CBS Sports Network, figured Missouri might be in trouble this season when so many players, including Franklin, came into the season recovering from offseason surgeries.

    "It's so important to be able to say, 'Next,' " said Nutt, who coached 14 years combined at Arkansas and later at Ole Miss. "I have a lot of respect for Gary Pinkel. But when I started reading all the" preseason "magazines, and one of the things that really concerned me was when I read his quarterback had shoulder surgery, when I read his defensive tackle had shoulder surgery, when I read his tailback had knee surgery. I said, 'Oh, no. You can't come into this league limping.' … Now, his whole offensive line has gotten beat up, so you're constantly doing this juggling act. But you're doing it in the hardest league in America."

    Will Muschamp knew the SEC well when he took over Florida's program after the 2010 season. Muschamp had played at Georgia and coached at Auburn and LSU. But he experienced a new kind of scrutiny last fall as a first-year SEC head coach. Just a few years removed from two national championships under Urban Meyer, the Gators finished just 7-6 overall and 3-5 in the SEC, their worst league record since 1986. Heading into this season, Muschamp was mentioned as one of several SEC coaches on a short leash — after just one year on the job.

    "Week in, week out, there are no gimmes in this league," Muschamp said. "That's what separates our conference from a lot of conferences. … But I think pressure's what you put on yourself as far as internally. I don't worry about anything outside of our building. Prepare our football team week in, week out. Control the things you can control."

    The Missourian: Earning bowl eligibility no easy task for Missouri
    PowerMizzou: Five questions for the second half

    Perhaps the most surprising thing about this season has not been the record, but how the Tigers have gotten there. Turnovers, penalties, special teams breakdowns. These things just didn't happen very often with most of Pinkel's teams in his first 11 years. They are happening weekly this season.

    Turnovers killed the Tigers against Georgia. A penalty wiped out a first down and destroyed Missouri's opening drive against South Carolina. Special teams errors and a crucial penalty helped hand Vanderbilt a win. Alabama, well, that would have been a loss no matter how well the Tigers played, but they didn't play very well.
When Pinkel was hired at Mizzou, Sports Illustrated featured him in a story titled "Lord of Discipline." Missouri is injured and isn't just going to out-athlete anybody in the last four weeks of the season. But they have to avoid beating themselves. If the Tigers miss a bowl game, they at least have to force the rest of the teams on their schedule to earn a win. That has happened too little this year.

  • Mailbag
    The Trib (Dave Matter): Answering the Twitter Mail Satchel
  • Pinkel-copter!
    We Are Mizzou: Black and Gold Helicopter
  • 2013 Recruiting
    PowerMizzou: A.J. Logan living his dream
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Blog): Recruiting diary: New Missouri QB commit Eddie Printz Rivals Spotlight (VIDEO): Nate Crawford Clay Rhodes considering Sooners
  • Gabs
    Big Cat Country: Jacksonville loses 26-23 in overtime Early exits for Blaine Gabbert, Maurice Jones-Drew; Jaguars await word on severity

Mizzou Basketball Links

Mizzou Soccer Links

  • Arkansas 2, Mizzou 1 No. 16 Mizzou Falls Just Short Against Arkansas
    The Trib: Missouri soccer loses to Arkansas
    The Missourian: Missouri soccer stunned in first home loss
  • LSU 3, Mizzou 1 LSU Defeats No. 16 Mizzou, 3-1
    The Trib: LSU thumps Missouri, 3-1, in regular-season home finale
    The Missourian: Missouri loses "swagger" in 3-1 loss against LSU
    The Maneater: Missouri strays in 3-1 loss to LSU

Mizzou Volleyball Links

Mizzou Diamond Sports Links

Other Mizzou Links

  • Mizzou Women's Basketball
    The Trib: Tigers hope to show some growth
  • Mizzou Women's Golf Women's Golf Completes Day One in Las Vegas
  • Mizzou Tennis Mizzou Advances in USTA/ITA Central Region Championship Gaytan-Leach Advances at USTA/ITA Regional Championship Gaytan-Leach Falls in USTA/ITA Region Championship Semifinals
  • Mizzou Swimming & Diving Mizzou Men Defeat Missouri State, 131-107 Mizzou Women Post 176-66 Win Over Missouri State
    The Missourian: Missouri divers shine in meet against Missouri State