Well, yesterday certainly turned out to be fun ... from Eric Beisel's commitment, to Ricardo Ratliffe finding a pro team, to Jim Delany accidentally referring to Missouri as a Big Ten school...
Oh, and first things first: Matt Hinton, Brian Fremeau and I will be chatting about the Football Outsiders Almanac 2012 at SBN at 11:00 a.m. CT today. Join us!
Mizzou Football Links
So linebacker Eric Beisel committed last night, choosing Missouri over Arkansas, Nebraska and Illinois. It is a huge commit, both because he is really good -- supposedly the best linebacker on Team USA during the U-19 world championships -- and because he is another in-stater who chose Missouri over Arkansas. Beisel joins Lee's Summit West's Nick Ramirez and Jefferson City's Joe Burkett in the linebacking corps for the 2013 class (safe to say Mizzou is probably done there now). He is the 14th commitment for Mizzou in this class, and incredibly he is the 10th in-stater. According to Rivals, Mizzou has offered 13 Missouri players in the class of 13: 10 have committed to Mizzou, one (Ezekiel Elliott) has committed to Ohio State, and two -- Lee's Summit West DE Jamone Boyd and Rockhurst OL Zach Hannon -- are evidently both visiting Mizzou on Monday with a handful of Mizzou recruits.
We saw the goal for this recruiting class take shape pretty early: try to lock down the state of Missouri before the season, then focus on out-of-staters in the fall. The former has worked to an unprecedented degree. Now, every out-of-stater who visits this fall will likely be surrounded by quite a few enthusiastic, semi-local commits. That alone doesn't win you recruiting battles, but "Look at this family! Don't you want to be a part of this??" sure can't hurt.
Eric Beisel Commits
PowerMizzou: VIDEO: The legend continues
SB Nation: Missouri LB Eric Beisel Commits To Mizzou
The Trib: Tigers add another in-state pledge
Post-Dispatch: Summit's Beisel commits to Mizzou football
101sports.com: Summit's Beisel pledges to Mizzou
MUtigers.com: Football Non-Conference Single Game Tickets on Sale Friday
The Trib (Dave Matter): Updates on MU football ticket release dates, prices
KC Star: MU football tickets start to go on sale Friday
The Bristol Car Wash
Mizzou Network: Gary Pinkel in Bristol
Fox Sports MW: Missouri begins new SEC life with start of camp
KBIA Sports: Plenty of depth at receiver for Missouri, skills might be in question
Other Football Links
This was ... odd.
Delany on PSU intraconference transfers:"If they're free to attend Rutgers or Pittsburgh, they oughta be able to attend Illinois, Missouri."— Dave Briggs (@DBriggsBlade) July 27, 2012
They can't have us! RT @JasonKirkSBN: Jim Delany just sort of listed Missouri as a Big Ten school, didn't he?— Rock M Nation (@rockmnation) July 26, 2012
Mizzou Basketball Links
- I Now Have A Favorite Korean League Team
The Trib: Ratliffe drafted into Korean Basketball League
Former Missouri basketball standout Ricardo Ratliffe will begin his professional basketball career in South Korea after being chosen by Ulsan Mobis Phoebus with the sixth pick in the Korean Basketball League draft Thursday. […]
Ratliffe will join a team that finished fifth in the KBL with a 29-25 record but advanced to the semifinals of the KBL playoffs.
- ESPN Previews The SEC
ESPN.com (CBB Blog): Five offseason storylines in the SEC
ESPN.com (CBB Blog): Best-case/Worst-case scenarios for SEC
ESPN.com (CBB Blog): Five freshmen to watch in the SEC
ESPN.com (CBB Blog): SEC most important players (by team)
The Trib (Steve Walentik): Are Tigers the team to beat in SEC?
- Party Starter
Mizzou Network: Catching up with Laurence Bowers
The Trib: Aggies excited to step out of Texas' shadow
- THE WAC HAS LIFE!!!1! SORT OF! AND PROBABLY NOT REALLY! BUT LIFE!!
Saturday Blitz: Report: Glimmer of Hope for WAC Comes From FCS East Coast, 2014
Mizzou Diamond Sports Links
SimmonsField.com: Mizzou Baseball Diaspora: Summertime
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