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Tuesday's watercooler politely reminds you to vote for Marcus Murphy for the Paul Hornung Award.

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A new football intro video!

Also, Vote for Marcus Murphy!

Louisville Sports Commission - Louisville Knows Sports " Vote for Your Favorite Player

The mission of the Paul Hornung Award is to recognize and reward versatile, high-level performers in major college football (Football Bowl Subdivision team member); to help preserve the legacy of one of Louisville’s native sons and sports icons; and to promote Louisville as a great sports town.

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Media Day, Offensive Line, Steckel's Defense

MUTIGERS.COM Mizzou's Baggett Named Co-SEC Special Teams Player of the Week

MUTIGERS.COM Mizzou Football Media Day Quotes

Live from Columbia: Pinkel talks Tigers-Tide : Dave Matter

Snap Decisions: Using 3 linebackers and the 2nd-half line shift - David Morrison

With Chappell in the lineup, Missouri ran 40 plays for 130 yards (3.25 per) -- 16 rushes for 51 (3.19 per), 13-of-22 passing for 99 (4.50 per) and an interception and 2 sacks for 20 yards. With Chappell out, Missouri ran 43 plays for 293 yards (6.81 per) -- 23 rushes for 127 (5.52 average) and a score, 12-of-20 passing for 166 (8.30 per), a score and a lost fumble.

A pretty impressive thing about the Tigers' second-half running success? They did it everywhere. They could basically just choose which side they wanted to run and they'd get 6 yards a pop. That's a pretty nice luxury

Missouri’s Dave Steckel makes final cut for Broyles Award as nation’s top assistant | Tod Palmer

During SEC games only, Missouri had the conference’s best total defense (300.8 yards) defense and run defense (115.0) and also had the SEC’s second-best passing defense (185.8) and scoring defense (19.1 points).

Tiger Prowl: Week 15 (SEC CG Edition, Part II) | Brian Haenchen

Steckel, who is now in his 14th season at the University of Missouri, joins offensive coordinator Dave Christenson (2007) as the only MU assistants to be named finalists for the award since it was founded in 1996.

Mizzou's defense to thank for trip back to SEC title game | FOX Sports

Missouri leads the SEC by more than 40 yards with just 300.8 yards allowed per game in conference play, and the Tigers have been even better since a 34-0 loss to Georgia. Their 281.5 yards allowed per game would rank fifth in the county, and they have held four of six opponents to 14 points or less.

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Scouting Mizzou-Bama, Don James' Disciples

MUTIGERS.COM It's Mizzou vs. Alabama for the SEC Title

Missouri Notes: The "A Fine MU Will Gladly Pay" edition - David Morrison

Schools get docked $5,000 for the first offense in any sport, $25,000 for the second and $50,000 for the third. If Missouri is penalized for the same thing within the next three years, it gets a $50,000 fine. If the next offense comes after three years have passed, the fine structure reverts to $25,000.

Don James disciples clash with SEC title on the line - David Morrison

He knew it all the way back in 1973, when Pinkel was an honorable-mention All-America tight end and senior captain at Kent State and Saban was a graduate assistant on Coach Don James’ staff. When the two coached together as graduate assistants under James the next year, Saban got the feeling he and Pinkel were pursuing the same path.

Ahead of SEC title game, Missouri doesn’t care a thing about history books | Tod Palmer

"We prepare for this game like we prepare for any game, and we won’t ever change that," Pinkel said. "This is the fifth divisional championship we have won in the last eight years and we have not won a conference championship in the Big 12 or the SEC. That’s my responsibility, so hopefully we can play well and have an opportunity to do that."

Football scouting report: Alabama - Blake Toppmeyer

Auburn game an aberration: Alabama’s defense isn’t as dominant as it has been in years past, but it isn’t as bad as it was against Auburn, either. The Crimson Tide are allowing 4.63 yards per play, ranking fourth in the SEC. Against conference foes, that rate stays the same and puts Alabama second in the SEC, behind only Missouri. No team besides Auburn has scored more than 23 points against Alabama this season. Alabama has been particularly tough against the run, allowing 92.7 rushing yards per game and 2.87 yards per carry. Both figures lead the SEC, although Missouri tops the Crimson Tide in both categories against conference foes. Tennessee is the only team to average at least four yards per carry against Alabama.

Alabama pass defense had "technical" issues vs. Auburn

"I just think that we try to correct the mistakes that we made and show a guy why things happened the way they did," Alabama coach Nick Saban said Monday. "Whether it was eye control, not maintaining position on the receiver, not keeping a guy cut off, not playing the right leverage on the guy when you have help. I think these things are technical in nature, and obviously we want to execute a little better than that. That's how we correct things in the film, and that's what we'll do."

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Football Recruiting News

PowerMizzou.com - ($$$) Top Kansas prospect visits Mizzou
PowerMizzou.com - ($$$) Doherty visits Mizzou again

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Shooty Hoops tonight?

Williams expected to play vs. SEMO (and other notes) | Steve Walentik

Williams was on the sideline for all but seven minutes in last Wednesday’s victory over Chaminade on the final day of the Maui Invitational after waking up with what Anderson at the time described as tightness in his right knee — the same knee in which he suffered a slight meniscus tear in September that cost his much of the preseason.

Missouri-Southeast Missouri men’s basketball preview | Tod Palmer

▪ ABOUT SOUTHEAST MISSOURI (3-3): The Redhawks have size and experience in the frontcourt led by senior forwards Jarekious Barkley and Nino Johnson, who combined for 29.8 points and 11.5 per game. Johnson also has 15 blocks and 14 steals in six games, while Barkley is Southeast Missouri’s top perimeter shooter at 46.4 percent (13 of 28 on three-pointers). Sophomore Antonius Cleveland brings athleticism and size to the backcourt.

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Georgia ... Georgia ... the whole day through...