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I think the SEC only has 2 teams that "deserve" to be in... and I'm a Missouri fan.
1 week, 3 days ago on SEC A 3-Bid League At Best After This Weekend
I admire his courage and wish him great success both on and off the football field in the future. I really hope this doesn't hurt his draft status too badly, though I fear it will. I am definitely really proud of him, the coaching staff, and the entire team.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Season’s Over, But Chalk Up Another Win For Sam, Pinkel And Mizzou
As a Mizzou fan, I was hoping the 12-2 season would lead to a higher ranked recruiting class. Don't get me wrong, I am very happy that Coach Pinkel is able to do "more with less" and have a LOT more success on the field than he does in the recruiting rankings... but you have to wonder what he could do with a handful of additional "blue chippers" each year. Maybe "get over the hump" and finally win a conference and/or national championship.
4 weeks ago on MrSEC.com Final Signing Day Thoughts
This is the universities official response in a Q&A format.
1 month, 1 week ago on After Penn State, Would The NCAA Get Involved With Alleged Rape Charges At Missouri?
@sek1026 So far all that I have seen evidence for is that medical personal knew about the incident and did not report it. Maybe they should have... but I think setting a precedent in which rape victims are not allowed to seek medical help or counselling in an anonymous fashion will strongly discourage many victims from seeking help.
As for Missouri, many believe (myself included) that if Mauk continues to improve, that he will be as good as, if not better than Franklin this year. I do expect Missouri to take a step backwards record wise since the SEC is a REALLY REALLY tough league and 7-1 requires both a good team and a lot of things to break your way (even if you are a "power program" like Bama, LSU, etc). I think a lot of Missouri's success in 2014 will also depend on whether DGB can remain on the roster and take another step forward. I think he has the potential to be one of the top receivers in all of CFB... but he obviously is also a bit of a knuckle head.
1 month, 1 week ago on How Important Are Returning Starters? Depends On The Starters Returning
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It depends on whether or not high ranking officials w/in the athletic program knew about it but failed to report it in an attempt to protect the football program. If so, then it has something to do with athletics and I believe the NCAA should have jurisdiction to step in.
Obviously it is a law enforcement issue no matter what. The two are not mutually exclusive.
As for Penn State. I was heavily in favor of the NCAA stepping in and punishing them. In my opinion, they didn't come down hard enough on PSU.
If the investigation shows that high ranking members of the Mizzou football program/athletic dept/university knew about this sexual assault, yet swept it under the rug to protect the football program... then I think your comparison to Penn State has some validity and this Mizzou fan won't have a problem with the NCAA coming down hard on them for it. Honestly, I've been a Mizzou fan my whole life, but if people like Gary Pinkel, Mike Alden, etc covered this up, then I will have to think long and hard about remaining a fan of the program. However, as you alluded to before proceeding with your comparison to PSU, there is no evidence to support such claims at this time.
Personally, I think this is just a really tragic situation. I am disgusted with ESPN for turning the narrative into an attack on the university despite lack of evidence... but I shouldn't be surprised with their sensationalist "journalism".
My understanding was that the only "officials" that knew about the allegations were medical staff... which by law, are not allowed to disclose this type of information to authorities w/out the consent of the victim. Otherwise the lack of anonymity could stop rape victims from seeking help/treatment.
I guess we'll see if anybody in the athletic program tried to hide and/or cover this up in an attempt to protect the program... as is what happened at PSU. The way the program dealt swiftly with Derrick Washington makes me think this is probably not the case.
I feel for Vandy in that they had a really good thing going there with Franklin... even if everybody knew it would probably come to an end sooner rather than later. I'm sure a lot of SEC fans of other programs are very happy to see him go.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Franklin Defends His Decision To Swing Vandy Commits To Penn State
Uverse has grown a great deal and I believe is pretty well represented w/in the SEC footprint. Dish is a really good pick-up as it means just about anybody who really wants the network has a provider that they can get it from. I can't imagine Direct TV will be too far behind.
The real interesting fight will be with the big cable companies as they seem to be the most stubborn. As a TWC subscriber, I remember losing Showtime for more than a month last summer... in some places they even dropped CBS! I'm very happy that I switched to Uverse whom carries pretty much everything, including the SEC network in August!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on A Second Carrier Is Set To Come On Board As SEC/ESPN Charge Big For SEC Network
@RoadTrip It should be a slaughter for sure... but the Sugar Bowl has to be viewed as a huge disappointment for Bama, so you have to wonder if they'll bring their "A game".
2 months, 4 weeks ago on 35 Post-SEC Championship Game And Bowl Selection Thoughts
I am a little confused at why Missouri isn't going to the Capital One Bowl since they ended up with the 3rd best record in the SEC, and Bama/AU are both playing in BCS games. I was under the impression that unlike the Big 12, SEC teams were slotted for bowl games based on record.
* not complaining as the Cotton bowl has a good history and good prestige, and the match-up with Okie State is a more interesting one that playing Wisc in the Capital One.
They key is whether or not James Franklin coming off shoulder injury is a better qb than a healthy Mauk. This makes me think the coaching staff has their doubts... albeit it could just be gamesmanship. Considering how JF looked last year coming off injury, I am also concerned and at least hope they have Mauk fully prepared to step in if needed.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on By Continuing To Play Mauk, Missouri’s Pinkel Playing With Fire
A healthy James Franklin is definitely better at this point in his career (senior) than is Mauk (rs freshman)... I just hope that Franklin is truly 100% physically AND mentally. He was just so bad last season after coming off a shoulder injury... and I am not sure if Mauk will be as successful if he has to replace an under-performing Franklin mid-game. After all, Franklin will likely be getting the lion's share of the 1st team snaps in practice (which he needs after the long lay-off).
As someone who is both a Tigers fan and a Chiefs fan... I am getting bad flashbacks of the Rich Gannon/Elvis Grbac fiasco from the mid 90's...
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Missouri’s Pinkel Making The Right Call With QB Switch
I just hope the shoulder injury doesn't mess James Franklin up mentally like it seemed to do last year. Mauk has done a great job and has shown a ton of potential... but at this point in their careers (senior vs. rs frosh), there is no doubt in my mind that a healthy James Franklin is a much better qb overall than what Mauk currently is. Mauk has a ton of raw talent, but James is a much more polished qb and decision maker.
Kentucky would be a great opportunity to see if James is truly ready to go... but on the flip side... I don't think Missouri can take anybody lightly, especially in this league.
4 months ago on Mizzou’s Pinkel On QB Mauk’s Performance: “We Kind Of Scared Him A Little Bit”
I don't think you can create a FAIR system with 14 teams. As john has said, the only "fair" system would be for every team to play every other team both home and away ever year... which obviously cannot happen.
I know I don't like the current system in which we play a "non-rival" west team once every 6 years... and only visit them once every 12 years. It isn't ideal to have a couple of schools with permanent rivals why most don't have them... but at least it protects the "integrity" of the league while also allowing other schools to play each other more often. Personally, I think you should throw out the protected rivalries... BUT... as a newb fan to the league, it is not my place to say what those yearly games mean to those fan bases.
4 months ago on Alabama’s Blowout Win Over Tennessee Won’t Help “Permanent Rival” Cause
IMHO, it has a lot to do with so much NFL draft talent leaving the SEC early, especially on the defensive side of the ball.... at some point there just isn't enough/the same level of new talent coming in to match the talent that has been lost... I think the league is kind of in a "reloading" period right now.
Even though Missouri hasn't faced the same level of offense that they did last year... I am impressed that our defense actually seems better at this point. I really thought losing Sheldon Richardson was going to cause us to take a big step back.
4 months, 1 week ago on SEC Stats: The League’s Defenses Much Worse Than Last Year
As for the East race. USC is definitely sitting pretty. I'm extremely high on this years Missouri team... but it is hard for me to see them being perfect in their last 4 games... especially with A&M sitting on the schedule. I also have a hard time seeing USC losing to Miss St or UF.
4 months, 1 week ago on SEC East Race A Muddled Mess After Carolina Nips Mizzou; Tiger Fans Make Fools Of Themselves
Who cares what some stupid people tweeted?? Every sports team has their share of knuckleheads w/in their respective fan bases. I'm not sure how people thinking beating up Baggett on twitter is going to help him make his next kick... but whatever. People are dumb and twitter is 90% negative crap anyway. I really don't see why this is a story.
Personally, the missed kick was only 1 of many critical mistakes that lead to a Mizzou defeat. Baggett didn't throw any in-completions or drop any passes which stopped the clock and gave USC more time to come back... Baggett didn't get picked apart by Shaw in the 4th quarter. Baggett didn't miss tackles over and over again on screen passes... Baggett didn't blow coverage on a 4th and goal from the 15 when the game was on the line...