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Mizzou Links: Vandy is experienced, but do the 'Dores have talent (or a QB)?

Vanderbilt was a quarterback away from putting a solid upset scare into Missouri last fall. Do the experienced Commodores have enough to offer at that position this year?

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Mizzou Tigers pennant What's On

Mizzou 24, Vandy 14

It's Preview Season
PowerMizzou: Study Guide: Vanderbilt

Reason for Missouri to worry: Vanderbilt is No. 6 in the nation in returning starters, and that includes four offensive linemen, too. The pieces are there for the Commodores to improve in Year 2 under Mason, and now they have a new offensive coordinator, too.

Reason for Missouri to rest easy: That improvement, however, will be contingent on Vanderbilt finding an answer at quarterback, first and foremost. The Commodores ranked last in the SEC in total offense and second-to-last in passing offense, with 13 touchdowns to 19 interceptions and a league-worst 102.37 passer rating.

Mizzou Tigers pennant The latest in recruiting:

PowerMizzou: 2016 Target Board: TE
PowerMizzou: 2016 Target Board: OT
PowerMizzou: [3-star JUCO OT Tate] Leavitt goes in-depth

CBC running back Tre Bryant is evidently no longer considering Mizzou.

We can speculate about whether he was looking for early playing time, or if Mizzou cooled on him when other RB/WR commits came aboard, or if other schools simply recruited him better. Regardless, it doesn't appear Bryant will be a Tiger. And considering the RBs in the stable, if you're going to miss out on an in-stater, miss out on a running back.

Mizzou Tigers pennant Harold, ICYMI:

The Trib: Brantley treated, released from hospital for injuries sustained in Father's Day wreck
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou's Brantley released from hospital

Mizzou Tigers pennant This was a pretty thoughtful answer, Frank

The Trib: SEC coaches weigh in on issue of Confederate battle flag

None said more — or did so more thoughtfully — than South Carolina Coach Frank Martin.

"It’s part of our history. It’s part of our fabric," he said of the flag. "It represents a lot of good to a lot of people, and it represents what people were willing to die for. But there’s also another side of the equation, and it’s offensive to numerous other folks. So we have to embrace both sides of it. We can’t just look at one side and say, ‘The heck with the other group.’

"That’s why I think there’s a place for that flag in people’s private homes and museums that represent the Confederate states and the history of South Carolina but not in public places. Government buildings is a representation — government grounds is a representation — of all our people, not just some of our people."

Mizzou Tigers pennant WHATNOT

Swimming & Diving
MUTIGERS.COM: Tiger Divers Shine at USA Diving Preliminary Championships
MUTIGERS.COM: Mizzou S&D Teams Named CSCAA Scholar All-America Teams

MUTIGERS.COM: Mizzou Tennis Summer Round Up

MUTIGERS.COM: Mizzou Places 91 on Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll