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Mizzou News for Wednesday, September 8

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It’s Big Blue Nation Week, but first… the Coaches’ Poll!

The Top 25 was released on Tuesday, later than usual due to the holiday weekend, but also, the first USA TODAY Sports AFCA football coaches poll came out. In case you need a reminder, “the poll is conducted weekly throughout the regular season using a panel of 65 head coaches at Football Bowl Subdivision schools.” No, Missouri did not make it into the Top 25, you silly kids. This was reserved for SEC teams, and soon-to-be SEC compatriots: Alabama (1), Georgia (2), OU (4), Texas A&M (5), Florida (9), Texas (15), and Ole Miss (20). Also receiving votes, and yes I counted to get their places— you’re welcome: Auburn (26), LSU (28), Kentucky (37), Arkansas (45), Tennessee (47)…

…and MISSOURI in 54ish place with 5 votes. It’s an honor just to receive votes, y’all. Let’s hope it only goes up from here!

Also on Tuesday, Coach Drinkwitz held his weekly press conference, looking at last week’s win over Central Michigan while also identifying ways to improve heading into the team’s first road game, Kentucky. Remember, until last season when they finally notched a victory, Missouri has had…. ummm… some trouble dispatching the Wildcats, with six of the last seven games being decided by two touchdowns or less, so yeah.. they’ve been tightly contested battles.

In Eric Blum’s post after the presser, he talked about how Drink sees the game against Kentucky as a measuring stick for the Tigers’ growth. When asked if one can really make comparisons between two teams after just one game, Drinkwitz said:

“I don’t think anybody’s season ends after week two, regardless of how it plays out,” Drinkwitz said. “I think it’s a big test for us on who we want to be and how we want to perform and what we want to do on the road, which we didn’t play particularly well last year on the road.”

As Drinkwitz pointed out - referenced in a post-presser article by the KC Star’s Blair Kerkhoff - this “isn’t last year’s Kentucky offense.” Drinkwitz stated that in Kentucky’s win over Louisiana-Monroe 45-10, he saw nothing that resembled that team last weekend. They do have a new offensive coordinator and a number of impact transfers.

“Totally different style, totally different feel,” Drinkwitz said. “The only thing that surprises me is how quickly they’ve gotten to where they’re at.”

According to Blum, Drinkwitz continued, before talking about how SEC East winners aren’t necessarily undefeated.

“... I think for us it’s more about a test to see how much we’ve grown and developed. I don’t look at it as this is where Kentucky’s program is versus Missouri’s program. I think that’s making it, probably a little bit too big. I think it’s a big test for us on the road to play in front of the SEC crowd early in the season and we’re going to find out all kinds of issues that we got to get fixed.”

This game is going to be a nail-biter, y’all. And the Rock M crew will be here to cover it in detail, so keep your eyes peeled to Twitter for new post notifications.

On to the Links!


Yesterday at Rock M


More Links:

Football

  • Vote for Grant McKinniss for the Ray Guy Award, given to the nation’s best collegiate punter.

Hoops

  • Get to know… Kaleb Brown!
  • So much congrats to Mizzou Hoops assistant, Chris Hollander. This is an awesome honor.

From RisingCoaches.com:

The Rising Coaches Lifetime Award has been awarded to Chris Hollender of Missouri, Heather Macy of Greensboro College, Trey Meyer of Battle Ground Academy, Jimmie Oakman of the Long Island Nets and Marlon Stewart of Oregon State. The award honors those who have given a lifetime of service to improving the coaching profession.

“These coaches have dedicated hundreds of hours to giving back to our profession and have helped countless coaches in the process,” said Rising Coaches CEO Adam Gordon. “These coaches always look for new ways to impact others and never hesitate when called upon to give back to the community.”

  • Happiest of birthdays on Tuesday to former Tiger, Cierra Porter! While no longer playing basketball, she is (as I’ve seen on her instagram), spending lot of time working on her swimwear line, Amini Swim, taking lots of photographs for various clients, and helping brother Mike get his podcast up and running.

Other Mizzou Sports/News

  • Well, I love this and I want one of those buttons for my backpack!

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