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Mizzou Links: JW3 posts a double-double, Pinkel should be coach of the year

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Wednesday's Watercooler watched Johnathan Williams 3 post a double double to lead Mizzou past SEMO. (Wes Clark did not play for conflicting reasons.) Plus, this is Gary Pinkel's best in-season coaching job ever -- does he deserve SEC Coach of the Year?

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What's On

Highlights from Mizzou's win over SEMO

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Mizzou over SEMO, Wes Clark, Johnathan Williams 3

MUTIGERS.COM Tigers Use Late Surge to Clip Redhawks, 65-61

Wright looking to build off breakthrough in Maui -Steve Walentik

Williams' career night helps Mizzou hold off SEMO : Dave Matter

"He’s such a great kid," Anderson said. "I yelled at him tonight, ‘You’ve got to quit being a nice guy. You’ve got to be a meaner guy.’ Because we need that. A year ago, he was a secondary guy. … Now, he’s a primary guy, and he's just got to learn. It takes time. It takes encouragement. It takes falling down and getting back up.

Williams helps Mizzou hold off SEMO : Dave Matter

Gill-Caesar had 15 points and Shamburger added 11. Jarekious Bradley led SEMO with 12 points. After the game, Anderson announced that Clark had been sick and probably wouldn’t have played against SEMO, but a violation of team guidelines led to his suspension. "We’ll re-evaluate his situation over the next couple of days, both from a health issue and the other issue," said Anderson, who declined to elaborate on Clark’s situation.

Clark not playing against Southeast Missouri State - Steve Walentik

Missouri sophomore point guard Wes Clark will not play in Tuesday's game against Southeast Missouri State, MU spokesman Patrick Crawford said before the game.

Missouri suspends point guard Wes Clark indefinitely | Tod Palmer

"Wes is not feeling well, so he probably couldn’t have played tonight," Anderson said. "We’ll re-evaluate his situation over the next couple days." - Tigers survive against SEMO

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Mizzou vs Alabama

Gary Pinkel should be SEC coach of the year as Missouri wins its second straight SEC East title |

Pinkel becomes the seventh coach in SEC history to take a team to the conference championship game in two straight seasons. The others: Alabama's Gene Stallings, who went to three straight from 1992-94, Tennessee's Phillip Fulmer (1997-98) and Florida's Urban Meyer (2008-09).

Film Study: Missouri has all the tools to take it to Alabama

Mauk, at times, has superb accuracy; sometimes it looks as though he couldn’t throw to ball in the ocean while surfing. But he has one of the strongest arm you’ll see — especially when you consider his lack of ideal size — and he has a great feel for putting touch on the deep ball.

Missouri knows to watch out for Alabama’s Amari Cooper | Told Palmer

The reputation of the Crimson Tide star wide receiver is well known to the Tigers’ football team and especially to the secondary. Missouri is readying its mind-set to face Cooper and Alabama in the SEC Championship Game at 3 p.m. Saturday in Atlanta.

Planning for success: Missouri Tigers - NCF Nation Blog - ESPN

Meanwhile, Alabama is 88th in opponent kickoff return average (12.83 ypr) and 60th on opponent punt return average (7.3 ypr). In the Tide's defense, however, punter J.K. Scott and the punt coverage team have not given up a ton of yardage. They rank second nationally in net punting with 43.13 yards gained per punt minus the return.

Pinkel, Saban Share Common Bond in Don James >

"I never really wanted to be a coach," Saban admitted. "Coach James asked me to be a graduate assistant.  My wife had another year of school, so I decided to do it, even though I didn't want to go to graduate school. I really liked it. I have thanked Coach James many, many times for inspiring me into the opportunity to do it. Also a lot of the lessons that I learned from him starting out as a young coach." - Mizzou offers JuCo DE

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College Football Playoff

New College Football Playoff top 25 rankings, with TCU jumping Florida State -

Missouri didn't rise anywhere near as high as I expected it to (not that I thought it should, just that it would). The SEC really only has one team that can make it in.

Dissecting the CFB Top 25: Week 6 >

Among the teams ahead of the 10-2 Tigers: No. 15 UCLA (9-3, L vs. Stanford), No. 14 Georgia (10-2, L vs. Georgia Tech) and No. 12 Ole Miss (9-3, W vs. Mississippi State). Both the Bruins and the Bulldogs stayed ahead of the Tigers, despite falling in the poll.

The Losses That Defined Missouri's Season - David Morrison

The question posed to Mitch Morse on the SEC Championship Game players' teleconference Monday basically boiled down to this: How did you guys lose to Indiana?

Opposing view: Saban mildly stumps for playoff representation for SEC - Blake Toppmeyer

A question many Missouri fans are asking themselves this week is, what happens if the Tigers beat AP No. 1 Alabama in Saturday’s Southeastern Conference Championship Game in Atlanta? Would the Tigers (10-2) get a playoff bid? Would Alabama still get a nod? Does Mississippi State somehow slip in?

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RMN Gift Exchange!

RockMNation 2nd Annual Secret Santa Gift Exchange - Rock M Nation

The Details:You are signing up to exchange a gift with a fellow RockMNer.  The gift is up to you but we suggest around $25 to $35.  On the sign up sheet you can write a bit about yourself and your interests to give your Secret Santa an idea of what you would like.  Gifts from your home town or region are always a huge hit (Switzy went to town last year on the Maple items!).