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Certainly Mauk is the biggest question for Mizzou this year. We have gotten used to good quarterbacks. I know he has been working on accuracy, he passed for 64% in spring scrimmages, that is the same completion rate he had in high school and those games were played at a lot different speed. In one interview so far he has indicated that he is seeing the field differently, slowing it down, which is what I understand all good quarterbacks do. Other good news is he is not green, and that should add value to his stock. Mauk and Evan Boehm will be at SEC media days.
4 months ago on One Big Question: Missouri Football 2014
Main reason I read Rock M and not PowerMizzou. The same people trashing the Kim Anderson hire were calling for Gary Pinkel's head last year before we won the SEC east and even then calling for his head after losing to Auburn. They can never be pleased with Mizzou athletics, every school has them as you pointed out, but ours are really outspoken and annoying. The folks I hang with think this is the best possible Coach for Mizzou basketball right now. The program was reduced to a rudderless ship and lots of us think that he can restore some of the pride we had in Mizzou Basketball. We may not have the a bunch of one and dones, but we will be playing defense full time and taking care of the ball. Something we seemed to have lost track of under Frank Haith. Kim Anderson also has a sense of humor about some of the skeptics and said this: "Apparently, I'm old. I just learned that yesterday and it was devastating." I enjoyed your piece.
6 months ago on Mizzou Hires Anderson; First Reaction Is Typically Negative
Age cannot be a factor in the decision to hire a coach, although I have seen many commentators bring this up as a factor to be considered. To use age as a factor to pass over Kim Anderson would be a violation of the ADEA.
6 months, 1 week ago on Missouri Might Go Back In Time With Anderson (Not That One)
If Alden blows this hire then you can be assured that the Mizzou Nation will be calling for his scalp. The Haith hire came out of left field and most of us were like "Frank Who?" and looked at his Miami record and just scratched our collective heads. Just prior to that Alden had been seriously played by Jim Delany and almost landed us in an untenable situation, but recovered with the SEC move. Alden probably should have been fired with Quin Snyder for the way he handled Snyder's departure. I'd say he is on the AD "hot seat" and the Kim Anderson hire would win him more than a few points with the really faithful of the Mizzou faithful, but the razzle dazzle "faithful" will raise cain that he did not offer Gregg Marshall enough money to make the move. If Alden hires someone like Matt Painter, which he is prone to do, watch the feathers fly in CoMo.
Although he was passed over by Alden for the Quin Snyder hire the Mizzou faithful will still support Kim Anderson, a former Norm Stewart assistant, in a big way; however it is a long shot for any Stewart disciple to get hired by Alden. Alden's B-ball hires have been less than stellar. Snyder was a train wreck, Mike Anderson was debacle and Frank Haith was just a poor fit all the way around. It will probably take the program three years to recover and become relevant no matter who is hired.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on When It Comes To SEC Basketball Jobs, Who’s Better And Who’s Best?
@John at MrSEC @BootheelI have dug through papers of the period John. I never stated or argued that slavery was not the most important element in the cause of the war, but I will say now it was not the sole cause. I am quite certain that to the South Carolinians in Charleston when the election of Abraham Lincoln was announced it was all about slavery, and that is why they were called "firebrands." However, that does not support your point that the antebellum South's economy, and "everything about the Old South" was solely based on slavery, it simply was not. And for the voice, I did not claim it was a level playing field, in fact that was the great difference between North and South. My point was to show that the South's economy was in the process of shifting. (This was during the period of the Industrial Revolution). The South had the world's third largest network of rail roads, behind the North and Great Brittan. As for what the Confederate soldier thought about slavery, I will point you to the Tennessee Veterans Questionnaires, I think they may now have a website, otherwise the book is pretty obscure. Confederate veterans were asked their views on the war and why they fought, the preservation of slavery was a rare answer. What motivates people to fight in battle tells you a lot about how strongly they feel about it. They certainly don't support the stereo-typical Confederate that is often portrayed today, Johnny Reb or otherwise. As for my "slave beaters" comment that was a literary device I employed to reduce your point to an absurdity, i.e. that the antebellum South was completely dependent on slave labor and as a result they must have been bad people, the worst of which is a person who beats slaves. Finally, the end of slavery being the "end of the Southern way of life" has too many emotional "Gone With the Wind" elements. The abandonment of slavery was an ongoing discussion in the South prior to the war, especially among the religious. The issue was how to compensate slave owners who had purchased the slaves legally. Remember Dred Scott? There was a tremendous amount of money involved and the mechanism that would have to be developed was not an easy fix. (The war being a very difficult fix indeed). Slavery has been abolished peacefully elsewhere, unfortunately not here. Since I have engaged you on a subject beyond sports, I am
Lynn N. Bock
New Madrid, MO
with Larry Daniel, Island No. 10: Struggle for the Mississippi Valley (University of Alabama Press: 1996)
8 months ago on Considering What They’re Up Against, Kudos To Ole Miss’ Freeze And Kennedy
"The Confederacy’s economy — everything about the Old South, for that matter — was based on slavery." This is just a tad bit over-reaching. While the plantation economy of the "Old South" was based on slave labor and the economy of scale, industrial undertakings used very little, if any, slave labor. Also, the agrarian southern farmer could not afford slaves. The antebellum South was beginning to emerge economically in 1860, and there is one school of economic thought that opines the emergence of Sourthern industrialism was a motivation for the Northern industrialists to push for a war. Stereo-typing the antebellum South as being a bunch of "slave beaters" is just as damaging to the modern Southern image as the red necks who tied a noose to a statue.
I actually think it is a good sign. Shows he is not pressured. The more relaxed he is in the pocket, the better he is.
11 months, 1 week ago on Done Deal: Franklin To Start At QB When Mizzou Visits Ole Miss
John, it is possible you may be misreading this move a little, and that is primarily because Mizzou and Gary Pinkle are both new reads for you. Pinkle ran Franklin in on select plays his Freshman year when Blaine Gabbert was QB. They were usually keepers and draws. Franklin was quicker than Gabbert out of the backfield. It worked pretty well as I recall and for this two game stretch Gary Pinkle and Josh Henson may be thinking about a little trickery in that regard. I think they saw Mauk do something that they liked and want to incorporate in the mix every now and then. I believe Gary Pinkle is very loyal to Franklin and I don't see this as an indication of any type of rotation.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on By Continuing To Play Mauk, Missouri’s Pinkel Playing With Fire
Good teams adapt and Mizzou looks like a good team this year. Maty Mauk was baptized by fire at Georgia and has performed admirably in the next four starts, but clearly Franklin is more mature and seasoned. A side note, Mauk has stated it is Franklin's team and is taking the sidelines with grace. I will feel more comfortable at Oxford with Franklin running the offense, but that is going to be a tough game who ever is in the backfield though. The good news is that the QB position looks pretty good for next year already.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Missouri’s Pinkel Making The Right Call With QB Switch
I really hope you put very little emphasis in your overall analysis in the rivals stars. Anyone other than a recruit that puts too much stock in the number
of stars you put next to an 18 year old kids picture is buying into a process that I think is about like throwing rocks at the moon. I am convinced that the stars are primarily based on how many times the
regional ranker has been pumped up by the kids high school coach and in some
cases the recruiting school trying to pump their own numbers. Alden
Smith three stars by Rivals. Jacquies Smith three stars by
Rivals. Michael Egnew two stars by Rivals. Danario Alexander two stars by
Rivals. Sean Weatherspoon two stars by Rivals. Chase Coffman three
stars by Rivals. William Moore three stars by Rivals. Zaviar Gooden
three stars by Rivals. I could go on, but I think you get the drift,
All former Mizzou players in the NFL, and they are not all special teams players either. Granted usually the five star kids are talented athletes and almost always head to the Pros, but it does not always mean that is how they are going to pan out, Richard Samuel comes to mind. Rivals pats itself on the back for the ones they hit, but I never seen anything from them on the ones they miss, Johnny Manziel was a three star, first freshman Heisman winner (probably the last too). It is a very inexact science at best.
1 year, 2 months ago on The SEC’s Best Football Programs Part 1: Recruiting Base
I am afraid the_voice is correct. You have to understand that the Missouri/Kansas rivalry runs deeper than most college rivalries, it is based more on U.S. History than Collegiate athletics. The beakers are going to remain upset with Mizzou mainly because we out played them in the game of conference jumping and they suddenly realized that their situation was precarious, at best. Also, Bill Self, the most powerful man in Lawrence, Kansas has stated that KU will never play MU as long as he is around. I think the smell of money will eventually change the KU mindset, but it is going to take a while.
1 year, 2 months ago on Times And Dates Are Set For Inaugural Big 12/SEC Hoops Challenge
@gregpomeroy1 Sorry, but I listened to him all last summer and through football season. If it did not involve Nick Saban or Alabama Crimson Tide it is relegated to the back burner. Strictly parochial. He cuts the "regulars" off when it is easy for him to make them look dumb, but not before they have already done it to themselves. He uses Daryl and Tammy for his own profit. That is just arrogant. He plays them. His "take" on the SEC is loaded with Alabama and West end bias. I think he is useless and am sorry that ESPN even considered him as a spokesperson for the SEC. A pompous, arrogant little twit that if most people he criticized or made fun of got a hold of his neck they would twist his bulbous head off.
1 year, 2 months ago on Finebaum, SEC Ambassador, Returns To Radio Today
It is an Alabama freak show. How they expect it to garner even regional popularity is beyond me. Finebaum is usually pompous and repeats his one liners incessantly. Listening to his show is radio voyeurism. I suspect I'll stick with Mark Packer on XM and pass up Finebuam now that there is an alternative.
The NCAA does not share one important characteristic with our Democracy, a ballot box. If it did Mark Emmert would be long gone. The institution is a rudderless ship, not only because of Emmert's leadership, but because it is ruled by an oligarchy of College Administrators who's primary focus is academics and dollars and not athletics. In short, they just don't get it. The list just gets bigger, Miami blown investigation, Penn State debacle, North Carolina academics,and on and on. It is not hard to think of it as irrelevant either, $20.00 water and hose fine, selling Reggie Bush autographs and JoePa gear. Most o the college "scandals" center around athletes and money, Manziel, Cam Newton, etc., what a surprise. The response, we'll look at other models and approaches and maybe do something in the next century. While I agree it is important to the future of college athletics, an overhaul would do some real good. A restructuring of the D1 Board of Directors would be a good place to start, how about 50% AD's instead of 100% Presidents and Chancellors? Shore up the investigative arm and find a way to give it some teeth rather than wringing your hands. Get consistent. Not very tall orders, but seem to be for the bunch in charge.
1 year, 2 months ago on If The NCAA Must Go, What Should Take Its Place?
If true then he is dumber than I imagined. I suspect his manager/buddy had some sort of ingenious plan to pull this off and not get caught that allowed him to share in the largess. If Manziel did profit, and that is a big IF, it will hurt him and his team tremendously, and he will have finally done something that deserves the ink it will receive. Even if the scheme works for some loophole reason, it will still damage TAM by its distraction. Overall it will bring into focus, again, this rule, how it relates to the O'Bannon litigation, and the fact that high profile players are not allowed to profit while the schools continue to profit in a very big way. But that is still the way it is. "Johnny Football" is quite possibly "Johnny Autograph" now.
1 year, 2 months ago on Like The Rule Or Not, Manziel Allegedly Violated An NCAA Biggie
I will say this is a bit more of a balanced approach than I've seen compared to past Manzel observations, but I still think that his antics get way more ink than deserved. I'd hate to think my 20 year old son words were analyzed to the degree that Manzel's are. Sure, he is the Freshman Heisman winner, and with it comes a spotlight, wanted or unwanted, but I have to agree with another writer, it is not the Miss America pageant either. And I really have to disagree with you about his NFL stock hinging on his tweets or comments to sports writers. They are not that important. If the NFL can take the likes of Michael Vick, twice no less, then Manzel is an Eagle Scout. What I have seen is the behavior of a fairly normal college sophomore that is somewhat spoiled, but on the other hand has great talent and evidently a pretty good work ethic. I'd just like to beat A&M this year, which is the degree to which I really care about "Johnny Football."
1 year, 2 months ago on Manziel: “What Makes Me Special On The Field Is What People Don’t Like Off The Field”
GP adjusting anything is an improvement, and I like what I am hearing about the changes Henson has made on the offense, especially TE play and DGB getting more touches. But, being a Mizzou fan has always required optimism in August.
1 year, 2 months ago on Pinkel Gets Support For Decision To Lessen Hitting In Mizzou’s Fall Camp
I have a twenty year old son and am glad the media is not dissecting his every move and hanging upon every word he speaks or tweets. He is a very successful student, but I am sure he has a good time, and probably does a few things that it is best I don't know about. He is, after all, my son. A twenty year old going out and oversleeping the next morning is news? I think this is quite a tempest in a tea pot and is getting way more ink and air time than it deserves. There are plenty of meaningful things going on at the media days and for this to be front and center is a tad bit on the absurd side. When "Joe Willie" missed the Sugar Bowl that was news. "Johnny Football" missing summer camp is not even a sidebar.
1 year, 3 months ago on Manziel Talks Manning Camp, Twitter, Scrutiny And The Upcoming Season
1 year, 3 months ago on Ranking The SEC’s Coaches From Saban To Stoops
I agree that the SEC has not seen the best of Mizzou and Gary Pinkle. A couple of things going on, injuries were big factor and Pinkle had recruited to a Big 12 style of football. He has adjusted to recruiting bigger linemen on both sides. I don't think speed is a problem for Mizzou, or ever has been in the Pinkle era. Also, with more SEC teams going to the hurry up and spread, I think you will see Pinkle show some success dealing with what he is used to. Finally, Gary Pinkle started his career with the same teacher as Nick Saban. He has a similar work ethic and approach, note that Mizzou and Alabama were only two SEC football teams to rank in top 10% in APR. Pinkle is no Saban, but he is pretty darn good IMHO.
My question is: How does a buffoon like this wind up in a $1.9 million dollar job? The Polish, Little Sisters of the Poor, Catholics, ND, SEC, Louisville, Kentucky, the list gets longer by his own stupidity. Even if said without malice, he is not as bright as everyone at OSU seems to think he is, he knew the meeting was being recorded, Duh. OSU's beacon of knowledge.
1 year, 5 months ago on Slive Has Already Accepted An Apology From OSU’s Gee; Columnists, Twitter Outraged
February 14, 2012
Mr. Deloss Dodds, Athletics Director
University of Texas at Austin
P.O. Box 7399
Austin, TX 78713-7399
Re: “Take a school like Missouri. Our bad years are better than their good years.”
Dear Mr. Dodds:
When the facts don’t support a statement like this, I usually consider the speaker an arrogant blow-hard.
Here are the facts:
11/12/11 Men’s Football 17-5 Mizzou over Texas
1/14/12 Men’s Basketball 84-73 Mizzou over Texas
1/30/12 Men’s Basketball 67-66 Mizzou over Texas
3/9/12 Men’s Basketball 81-67 Mizzou over Texas
5/4/12 Men’s Baseball 4-6 Texas over Mizzou
5/5/12 Men’s Baseball 5-4 Mizzou over Texas
5/6/12 Men’s Baseball 7-6 Mizzou over Texas
5/23/12 Men’s Baseball 5-0 Mizzou over Texas
That makes you an arrogant blow-hard. Your bad years are just bad years, even by Missouri standards. That is especially true given the fact that your budget is $134 million (USA Today) and lowly Missouri’s is $54 million (Columbia Business Times). $80 million can only buy you one win in major men’s sports? Wow! What an idiot. Keep your Big 12 minus two, we will enjoy the parity and honesty of the SEC.
Lynn N. Bock
New Madrid, MO
University of Missouri ‘85
Cc: Editor, Austin American-Statesman
1 year, 8 months ago on Texas A.D. Dodds Takes A Shot At Mizzou