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Michael Sam is cut by the Dallas Cowboys, Maty Mauk's passer rating has imploded to a rare degree, and Mizzou Women's Basketball gets the media day spotlight.

Mike Ehrmann

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For grins...

Michael Sam is looking for another team

Dallas Cowboys: Cowboys Waive Michael Sam From Practice Squad
Outsports: Michael Sam being cut will give other gay pro athletes pause

Offense: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The Trib: Pinkel short on answers as MU's offensive issues linger

The team’s play-calling took a turn for the conservative in the second half of the Florida game — Pinkel’s doing, he said. Still, Missouri committed three delay-of-game penalties and struggled to find any offensive rhythm outside of an 18-play, 55-yard drive for a field goal in the first half.

"We’re doing some different things tempo-wise. I can’t discuss that," Pinkel said on the topic of delay-of-game penalties. "It puts more stress on the whole communication effort. We’ve got to do a better job coaching. It’s different than what we’ve done in the past, the last two weeks. That’s not typical of how we’ve done it and the tempo that we’re using, without going into any detail. That’s on us also, to help fix that."

The Missouri defense has been up to the task of propping up the offense.

PowerMizzou: Tuesday's Top Tigers: Florida

Grantland: QB Curve: Clint Trickett, West Virginia’s Hair Raider

Hardly anyone noticed Saturday amid Florida’s ongoing offensive meltdown in Gainesville, but Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk is in the midst of a fairly spectacular flameout of his own. One week after serving up four interceptions in Mizzou’s 34-0 loss against Georgia, Mauk was 6-of-18 passing for 20 yards against the Gators — that’s 20 yards passing for the entire game, good for 1.1 yards per attempt — leaving him with an astonishing 51.9 pass efficiency rating in the Tigers’ first three SEC games. Even the rating of Florida’s besieged starter, Jeff Driskel, is nearly 35 points better in conference play.

Even more astonishing: Missouri has actually won two of those three games, having rallied from a 20-7 deficit to beat South Carolina on September 27 and scoring four non-offensive touchdowns in Saturday’swin over the Gators to remain relevant in the SEC East standings. (Despite the 42-13 final score, Mizzou’s offense contributed only one touchdown to the most recent victory, following a Florida turnover that gave the Tigers the ball at the UF 19-yard line.) Only a month ago, I had Mauk rated amongmy top 10 quarterbacks in the nation, ahead of Brett Hundley and Dak Prescott. In the meantime, Mauk’s only highlight involved wasting a Florida tackler en route to a rare third-down conversion, which for Mizzou fans was more notable for the conversion than for the hit.

But red zone execution is pretty good...
Reddit: SEC Offensive & Defensive Red Zone Performance

And the offense is anchored by a good dude...
MUTIGERS.COM: Mitch Morse named SEC Community Service Player of the Week

Hello, Matt Eberflus!

Post-Dispatch: Former Mizzou coach part of Cowboys' rise

No pressure, Teki

The Maneater: Age not stopping Gill-Caesar

It's SEC preview season!
CBS Sports: 2014-15 College Basketball Conference Preview: SEC

Checking in on recruiting
PowerMizzou: Recruiting Roundup

Women's basketball media days

The Trib: MU women's hoops team picked to place 11th in SEC
The Missourian: Missouri women's basketball coach enters big season
The Missourian: Missouri women's basketball star battles injury in buildup to season