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In the passing game, simplicity rules if you've got the pieces. Missouri did not last year.

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Tori might be back.

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This could be a very, very welcome development.

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Mizzou Women's Basketball head coach Robin Pingeton will be inducted into the Quad-City Sports Hall of Fame, it was announced Sunday. Pingeton is a former NAIA All-American in basketball and softball at St. Ambrose University. She also was the women's basketball head coach for the Fighting Bees from 1992-2000, going 192-76 (.716) and twice leading the program to the NAIA Elite Eight.

As a basketball standout, Pingeton established a school record with 2,502 points that still stands. Following her college career, she spent three seasons playing professionally in the Women's Basketball Association.

After taking over the program as head coach in 1992, Pingeton led St. Ambrose to five NAIA national tournament appearances in eight seasons, including the Elite Eight in 1995-96 and 1999-2000.

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Mizzou Tigers pennant Flashback

Smart Football's Chris Brown wrote about installing an offense a few years ago in a piece called Why Every Team Should Install Its Offense In Three Days (and Other Political Theories On Coaching Offense). His idea -- and this pertains to Missouri for quite obvious reasons with Josh Heupel installing his offense (behind closed doors) as we speak -- was that simplicity matters over everything else.

We undervalue gains from specialization. As Holgorsen says, "no one" in his offense will play more than one position; he doesn’t even want someone to play both "inside and outside receiver." The idea is a simple one: with limited practice time and, to be honest, limited skills, kids need to focus on a few things and to get better at them — the jack of all trades is incredibly overrated. While Urban Meyer’s Florida offense thrived for a time with Tebow and his omnipositional teammate, Percy Harvin, I’d argue that this reliance on a "Percy Position" — a guy that can play most every skill position on offense — eventually does more harm than good. I’m all for getting the ball to playmakers in different ways, but I am not — and neither is Holgorsen — a fan of doing it to the detriment of repetitions and becoming a master at your given position. It’s nature versus nurture on the football practice field, and I side with nurture.

Put another way, if your offense is well designed you don’t need to move a guy around to get him the ball. [...]

The application to installing a football offense is this: focus on a few things, specialize players, and repeat the process over and over again. The first step is, whatever your offense is, to assign players to roles that fit them and have them develop those skills from one practice to the next, over the course of many months and years. The second step is to not make their job more difficult by changing their roles by moving them around or by installing too much offense — hence the three day rule.

I think this all makes perfect sense if you've got the Jimmies and Joes to keep the Xs and Os simple. If you don't, then you might have to tinker a bit. With Missouri last year, I think we saw the downside of specialization. Missouri's receiving corps was too young and limited, and Drew Lock was even more limited as a true freshman taking on SEC defenses. In this way, tactical creativity might not have been a bad thing. As it stood, J'Mon Moore (or Emanuel Hall) almost always lined up on the left, Wes Leftwich (or Keyon Dilosa) and Nate Brown (or Cam Hilton) almost always lined up on the right, and it seemed the patterns were relatively predictable.

Josh Henson might not have had a choice but to keep things simple last year -- his guys may have been too inexperienced to handle complexity. But in the end, simplicity didn't really help much. Heupel inherits a group that is both more experienced and (in theory, with the addition of Chris Black) more talented. He seems like he might be a complexity guy, but we'll see.

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