Let's hear from Connor McGovern:
Baseball: Pitching & polls
Houck's pretty good at this pitching thing.
Houck named SEC pitcher of the week (the fourth time a Mizzou pitcher has earned that title already this year)
Jamieson said Houck's performance on Saturday was nothing new. Houck has the best record on the starting rotation (5-1) and in his three starts against ranked opponents he pitched 23 innings with 17 strikeouts, three walks and five earned runs.
"The coach from Florida told me that's the best stuff they've seen all year from anybody," Jamieson said.
Are the Vols ready to contend for the SEC East or are they still a year or two away? I think the Vols are still too young to predict they are the favorites to win the SEC East. I'd go with Georgia and then perhaps Mizzou, but I feel like they're trending upwards now more than South Carolina or a rebuilding Florida program. I do buy that Butch Jones has Tennessee ready to "contend" in the East, and by 2016 they should be primed to make a run at the SEC title.
Basketball transfer talk
Izzo took trips to see Williams at his home, including one in September of 2012. The former four-star power forward also took an unofficial visit to East Lansing just days later in the same month and it looked like the Spartans were in a good position to land the top-rated player. However, he kept his front-runner very silent throughout the process and he surprised some people by picking Missouri just a month later.
Sam's take on Payne from his March recruiting piece, if you missed out / haven't read it yet.
Martavian Payne is a 6'2" 170 lb combo guard who originally hails from St. Louis MO where he went to Imagine Prep. Payne started High School at Marquette and played as a freshmen with Ryan Rosburg. He then transferred to Imagine, and when Imagine closed he ended up at Madison Prep. Payne was a bit of a victim of the St. Louis school system, and never made it to Southeast Missouri State after signing a Letter of Intent to play there. After two years of playing at JALC he has offers from Missouri, Creighton and Kansas State. Payne shoots over 42% from 3-point range, and was the MVP of the regional tournament that helped get JALC to the national tournament this year.
Wrapping up women's hoops
Toppmeyer's three part Q&A with Coach Pingeton:
On incoming freshman, Sophie Cunningham:
Q: Do you expect her to be your best player next year?
Pingeton: "I think she’s got a chance to be one of our best players. She’s an awfully talented young lady. She’s got a great motor. She’s had one heck of a high-school career. But that’s not for me to determine in April. Certainly, she’s a special young lady that’s got a ton of ability, and I would think she would come in and make an immediate impact at a very high level for us."
The Tigers have punched 46 tickets to #BombCity as a team. The 46 HRs are already good for 10th all-time at Mizzou for a single season.— Mizzou Softball (@MizzouSoftball) April 6, 2015
The team is collectively batting .309. If the season ended today, that'd be the fifth highest team avg. in school history. Record is .318.— Mizzou Softball (@MizzouSoftball) April 6, 2015
Roth is on pace to shatter the school record for putouts as she's just 52 shy and she's within reach of the HR record (47) with 39 bombs.— Mizzou Softball (@MizzouSoftball) April 6, 2015
More of Shane Ray!
Yet another mock draft (that has Ray ending up with the Jets. Sheldon!!)
Tennessee Titans interview with Shane Ray (warning autoplay video on NFL.com)
Pretty sure one RMN'er in particular wouldn't agree with the Mizzou option.
Best line: "I called Jeffrey [Loria] as soon as I knew for sure there was going to be rain delay. He said, ‘I thought we had a roof.’ I said, that’s a reasonable answer."
And Bill C. is still out of town. Over/under on how many pairs of Pumas went along for the trip?