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Mizzou Links: Kevin Wilson's rebuilding job in Bloomington, Duron Singleton's scars

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Gary Pinkel talks about the challenges of rebuilding a football program (like Indiana's Kevin Wilson is right now), Duron Singleton likes to show off his scars, and the Missouri offensive line searches for consistency.

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Live Thread anyone?

This Week in the SEC (Week 4)

Thursday No. 5 Auburn at No. 20 Kansas State Time: 6:30 p.m. / TV: ESPN / Line: AUB -9.5 Kansas State, which like Auburn is coming off a bye week, has lost six-straight against non-conference Top 25 teams, including a 23-13 setback to Auburn on Sept. 1, 2007.

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Game Preview: Missouri Tigers - The Crimson Quarry

Is Mizzou still good?

They haven't faced any incredibly stiff tests to date, but neither have the Hoosiers and the Tigers have looked a lot better through three cupcakes than the Hoosiers have. Mizzou has scored at least 38 points in all three games and defeated each opponent by at least 3 scores. Their F/+ ranking puts them in the company of LSU, Baylor, and Georgia, for reference.

Indiana's F/+ company? Duke, Arkansas, and Marshall.

Gary Pinkel on the SEC Teleconference: Week 4 - Columbia Daily Tribune | Columbia Missouri: Behind The Stripes

Indiana's at a similar position to where Missouri was when you got there. How did you turn it around? It's hard, especially when you come into a place like we did here. I won't reference Indiana. There certainly are some similarities to a lot of programs that just had losing for so long. Two winning seasons in 16 or 17 years before I got here. It's just very difficult to change attitudes, and you also have to recruit and develop players.

You're changing attitudes, turning guys. And what we did is bring in our discipline, attention to detail, the things we do in our program. One thing is I knew exactly what I was doing. I was the head coach at Toledo before that and, I don't care how things got, we stayed with the foundation of who we are. We didn't start changing things because we were getting pressure from the outside in.

That was Mike Alden. I needed someone who, as we built our program, to keep me there. What they did traditionally was just fire coaches every four or five years. And it just gets worse and worse. I've talked for two hours on this at seminars. The biggest hump is changing the attitudes of athletes, and turning them from not losers -- but just having not won -- but being able to get that confidence level up to where they believe in what they're doing. I think (Indiana Coach) Kevin (Wilson) is doing a great job. It's very, very difficult, but yet you can see he's getting better and stamping his brand in there. I think he'll do a great job.

Mizzou safety Duron Singleton likes to be where the action is | The Kansas City Star

COLUMBIA There’s a three-inch scar in the middle of Missouri senior Duron Singleton’s forehead.

It’s easy to assume he sustained the original gash making a tackle and cutting his forehead like so many fullbacks, linebackers or offensive linemen through the years.

Singleton says it’s no battle scar, though. Rather, it’s a testament to Singleton’s ceaseless activity going back to childhood.

Tigers' line seeking same consistency as last year - Columbia Daily Tribune | Columbia Missouri: MU Football

A quarter of the way through the regular season, some offensive statistics are lagging behind the impressive numbers the Tigers put up last year. They’re averaging 405.7 yards a game and 6.1 yards a play after putting up 490.7 and 6.6 last year. They’re averaging a yard less per carry — 4.7 vs. 5.7 — than last year while averaging a half-yard more per pass — 8.3 vs. 7.8 — and allowing more pass attempts between sacks — 26 vs. 16.8.

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Lakers season preview: Will Jordan Clarkson be a diamond in the rough? - Silver Screen and Roll

One of those potential gems, Jordan Clarkson, will be starting his Lakers career as an unheralded second-round selection from the University of Missouri. Even though he'll be coming into his inaugural season as a relative unknown, he could fill a vital role in the team's backcourt rotation.

Lakers season preview: Jordan Clarkson profile - Silver Screen and Roll

The Likely: The rook starts the year on the bench, but through flashes of his own potential and the almost inevitable wave of injuries hitting the roster like a Tsunami once again, he earns the lead off-the-bench point guard role.

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Police report: MU basketball players ‘jumped’ three victims in alleged assault | The Kansas City Star

Gant and fellow Tigers freshman D’Angelo Allen, who have been suspended from the team, were arrested around 2 a.m. Sunday morning, along with a 22-year-old Michael J. Martin of Lone Jack, on third-degree assault charges. Columbia Police were dispatched to Eighth and Elm in reference to a disturbance and found three victims, who had been "walking east on Elm when they were jumped by three to four black males," according to the police report. One male victim, 20, reported being hit two or three times as he tried to help a friend, who was on the ground being assaulted by the suspects.

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Sen. McCaskill: Sports leaders put victory over decency

I watched to see whether another program would pick him up. Unfortunately, I didn't have to wait long. Bob Stoops and the Oklahoma Sooners welcomed him, and even petitioned the NCAA to let him play this season. With a straight face they cited the "run-off" rule that allows eligibility for a player who leaves a squad for reasons beyond his control. Thankfully, that request was denied, but he will be eligible to play next year, if he is not drafted by the NFL before then. None of this is particularly surprising. But for Stoops to get the most votes from his fellow coaches as the coach they wanted to influence their sons?

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