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Mizzou Links, 8-5-14: Tigers name football captains, DirecTV picks up SEC Network

Kevin C. Cox


As is customary, we'll prepare a different post for Day 1 football practice reports. Here's everything else in the Mizzou universe.

Oh captain, my captain
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): Golden, Morse, Sasser, Webb named 2014 team captains
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou names four 2014 captains
The Missourian: Markus Golden makes leadership statement as fall camp opens

One could argue that Golden is accustomed to transition. After all, he transferred to Missouri from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College in 2012, and in the past three years, he has worked his way up the depth chart from special-teams role player to back-up D-lineman to starter and captain.

"It's difficult to come in as a transfer and earn that trust from your teammates," Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. "I think that means he's a pretty special guy."

Golden, one of four captains that teammates selected Monday, smiles when he talks about his new roles.

"It ain't no big transition for me," the St. Louis native said. "I'm just being myself out here and being the person I was raised to be."

Post-Dispatch: DirecTV to carry SEC Network
The Missourian: DirecTV reaches deal to carry SEC Network

In the pros
The Trib: James Franklin getting up to speed in Detroit

Q: Has it been difficult figuring out playing under center and taking longer drops after the snap, rather than in the shotgun with shorter drops like at Missouri?

A: I would say it’s not really that bad at all. It’s not as difficult. The biggest part is taking those five-step drops and seven-step drops. That’s what I need to work on. The under-center stuff came pretty easily and didn’t take that big of an adjustment. It’s really just getting my depths, knowing my landmarks I’m supposed to be at to help the O-line with their protecting and the pocket they’re creating. It’s just understanding my depths that’s always the biggest thing.

In the pros in a different way
KC Star: Brock Olivo’s odyssey brings him back to Missouri

[Kevin] O’Dea’s departure created an opportunity with the Chiefs, and Olivo couldn’t be happier to be in Kansas City, where he has brought the same energy and enthusiasm that earned him the inaugural Mosi Tatupu Award, bestowed upon college football’s top special-teams player, and saw his No. 27 retired at Missouri.

"It’s awesome because I’m close to my family and friends," said Olivo, who lives near former Missouri quarterback Corby Jones in Kansas City. "I’ve seen my father more in the past six months than I did the past six years."

"When the St. Louis Cardinals broke my heart and went to Phoenix when I was a kid, by default I became a Kansas City Chiefs fan. I remember Christian Okoye and Deron Cherry, who were grinding it out on Sundays."


The Missourian: Missouri basketball's Maui bracket to be announced Wednesday


Women's Golf
MUTIGERS.COM: Rogers Tees Off at U.S. Women's Amateur


Oopty oop! Oopty f***in' oop! Varsity Blues: Oral History

Oh, and for anybody who lives in Columbia: we have a small Weber smoker we're giving away. It became obsolete when we got the Big Green Egg. It's only been used a couple of times -- it's in fine shape, but there's no temperature gauge, which was kind of frustrating. We were going to drill a hole in it and stick in a thermometer of our own, but then we decided to spend a ton of money on the Egg instead. If anybody's interested, mention it in comments. Will try to take/post a pic later if there's any interest.