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Mizzou Links: Michael Sam, the top 25, and Toledo Gary

Michael Sam appears set to join the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad, Missouri is 24th (AP) and 22nd (coaches) in the polls, and Gary Pinkel coached at Toledo!

Did you know Gary Pinkel used to coach at Toledo?
Did you know Gary Pinkel used to coach at Toledo?
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Newlogo_medium Michael Sam

Sam to join Cowboys' practice squad : Sports

Sam was scheduled to fly into Dallas on Tuesday night, take a physical today, and sign with the Cowboys’ 10-man practice squad. Practice squad players practice with the team but can’t play in games. With several injuries on their defensive line, Dallas needs help. And with that in mind, Sam could work his way onto the team’s active roster before too long.

Bills player blames ESPN for Michael Sam being out of a job | Awful Announcing

Wood has a point, you know.  Before ESPN’s ShowerGate coverage, Sam was having a relatively quiet preseason when it comes to the media circus.  But with the hoopla brought last week right when roster cuts were being made, it could very conceivably lead already skittish NFL teams to close the door to Sam.

Ex-Mizzou Receiver T.J. Moe Latest to Rip ESPN for Sam 'Shower' Report >

"All the crap that ESPN tries to come out with, talking about his showering habits, which was a bunch of crap by the way. I'm not sure which player would've said that," Moe told The Edmonds and McKernan Show on Tuesday.

Newlogo_medium AP #24, Coaches #22, and what's a Sagarin?

David Morrison | Missouri moves up to No. 22 in USA Today poll; sticks at 24 in AP - Columbia Daily Tribune | Columbia Missouri: Behind The Stripes

Missouri's season-opening, 38-18 win over South Dakota State moved it up four spots in one poll and maintained its slot in the other.

AP Coaches Sagarin
1 Florida State (46) Florida State (57) Oregon
2 Alabama (1) Alabama Alabama
3 Oregon (5) Oklahoma (2) Oklahoma
4 Oklahoma (2) Oregon (2) Florida State
5 Auburn Auburn Texas A&M
6 Georgia (2) Michigan State Georgia
7 Michigan State Ohio State Stanford
8 Ohio State Georgia (1) Baylor
9 Texas A&M (2) Baylor Auburn
10 Baylor Stanford Michigan State
12 LSU (1) LSU Ohio State
13 Stanford Texas A&M LSU
15 Ole Miss Notre Dame Notre Dame
16 Notre Dame Arizona State Wisconsin
17 Arizona State Ole Miss Florida
18 Wisconsin Nebraska Kansas State
19 Nebraska Wisconsin South Carolina
20 Kansas State Kansas State Clemson
21 South Carolina South Carolina Ole Miss
22 North Carolina Missouri Washington
23 Clemson North Carolina Oklahoma State
24 Missouri Clemson Texas
25 Louisville Texas Arizona State

Currently Projected to play:

Texas Texas Missouri 12/29/2014 Houston, TX Big 12 4 vs. SEC 3-8

Newlogo_medium Holy....! Gary Pinkel coached at Toledo? - Ho-hum homecoming

"I called Coach James then, I asked about taking most of the younger coaches, I want to take all these young coaches to Missouri," Pinkel said. "And I asked Don James and he said, 'Can they coach?' I said, yeah, what about recruiting areas? He said, 'Are they good recruiters?' I said, yeah. He said, 'Well, bring 'em. Take 'em. If they're good, do it.'

Once a Rocket, (almost) always a Rocket for Pinkel - Columbia Daily Tribune | Columbia Missouri: MU Football

After coaching at Toledo from 1991-2000 and amassing a 73-37-3 record to become the program’s winningest coach, Gary Pinkel has a soft spot for the Mid-American Conference school.

Opposing view: Toledo QB impresses coach in Rockets debut - Columbia Daily Tribune | Columbia Missouri: Tiger Tidings

Ely, a junior, was 24-of-34 passing for 337 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions Saturday in Toledo's 54-20 win over New Hampshire.

"He’s done a nice job of distributing the football and having the ability to know, based on coverages and formations, where we want to get the ball and how we want to get it there," Campbell said. "That’s something we work really hard on, and part of the reason he won the job for us is his ability to make great decisions with the football in his hand."

Not only was it Ely's Toledo debut, it also marked his first college game experience of any real significance. He started his career at Alabama, where he redshirted in 2011. He was a backup to AJ McCarron in 2012 and completed 3 of 4 passes. He sat out last season following his transfer.

"I’m very impressed with his moxie in the pocket," MU defensive coordinator Dave Steckel said.

Newlogo_medium Fantasy Football Names?

Rock M Nation had a request via Twitter for the best Mizzou-related Fantasy Football Names. The floor is yours.