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Mizzou Links, 11-20-13: Franklin's in the spotlight, Tigers get no favors, and poachers loom

James Franklin's in the spotlight again, Mizzou tries to fend off poachers for committed football recruits, Saturday's miracles did the Tigers no favors, and in three days Mizzou Volleyball will go for MU's first SEC title.

Bill Carter

1. Three days to Ole Miss

The Trib: Tigers are OK with being on wrong side of miracle

This was shaping up to be a very productive bye week for Missouri until …

"All of the sudden, Mitch said, 'Oh, no!' " Boehm recalled. "We were like, 'What?' He said, 'Hail Mary pass. Touchdown.' " […]

Asked if Louis' catch brought him to his knees, Britt replied, "I was already on my knees watching. But then it happened, and it was, 'Well, come on, Florida.' " […]

"No one said it would be easy," Britt said. "We wouldn't want it any other way. It would be sweet to earn it instead of it being given."

Given two days to get over the events of Saturday, the Tigers almost universally espoused that opinion.

"You always want some insurance, no matter what you're doing," wide receiver L'Damian Washington said. "But if you want to do something great in life, you've got to earn it. Being 1-1 and going to the SEC championship would have been awesome. Going 2-0 is a little bit more fulfilling."

QB No. 1
The Trib: Franklin returns to spotlight
KC Star: Missouri’s Mauk reluctantly returns to backup role
Post-Dispatch: Breakfast with Bernie: Franklin's the right QB for Mizzou
PowerMizzou: Two quarterback system
Mizzou Network: 1 on 1: James Franklin Ole Miss Preview

TE No. 81
Post-Dispatch: Waters doesn't run deep but blocks well
The Missourian: Missouri football's Eric Waters embraces new role in senior season

Post-Dispatch: Big bonuses on the line for Pinkel

10 days to A&M Sellout Announced for Mizzou-Texas A&M Game
KC Star: Missouri’s finale vs. Texas A&M sells out

2. Fending off attacks

Perhaps the biggest recruiting battles Mizzou faces between now and Signing Day aren't going to be over remaining uncommitted players -- they're going to be over Mizzou commits. Receiver Nate Brown has received offers from other schools, including nearby Georgia, and defensive end Jhonny Williams has gotten recent offers from Notre Dame and Michigan. This is the way it works, of course, especially if you've got a good eye for under-the-radar talent (and a reputation for having said good eye). We'll see how well Mizzou is able to fend off poacher attacks. And if they can't, we'll see who they choose to poach from others instead.

PowerMizzou: Jhonathon Williams update after new offers

Basketball Recruiting
PowerMizzou: Mizzou focusing on JUCO guard

3. Neat Awards watch Max Copeland Named 2013 Burlsworth Trophy Semifinalist Franklin Named Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Semifinalist


The Trib (Behind the Stripes): Chaos Theory: 2013 Missouri defense among best in Pinkel era at creating disorder

5. The Maneater takes on player compensation

The Maneater: Untangling the web
The Maneater: SEC coaches advocate further compensation
The Maneater: Staying in school key to cash flow
The Maneater: To Golden, college football is a blessing, not income

6. Two days from a shot at the SEC title No. 4 Volleyball Looks to Secure School's First SEC Title This Weekend
KC Star: KU and MU volleyball teams both having big seasons
Mizzou Network: Mizzou Preview: Volleyball closes in on SEC Title vs Miss. St.

7. #SECBasketballFever

The Trib (Courtside View): SEC having trouble changing perception


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Swimming & Diving
The Missourian: Mizzou Invite begins for Missouri swimming and diving Thursday