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I don't think this was a very "exciting" hire... but that doesn't mean it wasn't the "right" hire.  At least compared to whatever other legit options were on the table, which remains unknown.  Personally, I think being a good coach is being a good coach... D1 vs. D2 doesn't really matter in that regard.  The big difference is recruiting, which remains a big question mark. 

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Mizzou Hires Anderson; First Reaction Is Typically Negative

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I think Kim Anderson is a very good coach and would have been a good hire during some of their previous coaching searches... but at this point... it could easily take him 3-4 years to get the program turned around... and then he is only maybe a few years away from retiring, at which point we are right back where we are now.  

6 months ago on Missouri Might Go Back In Time With Anderson (Not That One)

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I'm not sure too many Tiger fans will be sad to see him go.  Between the Miami related issues that lingered for a long time... his lack of tournament success... and missing the tournament all together this year with a fairly talented team that just didn't play hard for him.. I think it is time for him to go.  This is probably the best case for both parties as he gets to avoid getting fired... and Mizzou isn't perceived as giving up on a head coach too early.  

6 months, 1 week ago on Report: Missouri’s Haith In Play For Tulsa Job

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As a fan, I am VERY disappointed that we won't get to see Mauk throwing to DGB this year... and the loss of his talent makes what was a very steep and uphill battle to repeat as East champs dang near impossible...  but Pinkel did what he HAD to do, to maintain the integrity of his program.  

6 months, 1 week ago on Missouri’s Pinkel Stuck In Coaching Hell Thanks To WR Green-Beckham

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The kid has such HUGE potential.  It is a shame that all evidence so far points to him being a knucklehead... reminds me a lot of Tyrann Mathieu...  

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Missouri’s Pinkel On Suspended WR Green-Beckham: “I’m Disappointed, Frustrated.”

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As for Clarkson, I don't see him as a 1st round talent, which means he should probably have hung around for another year.  I think his star power could have raised a lot with another solid year... but I can't hate on a kid for wanting to get paid.  

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Clarkson – SEC’s #7 Scorer This Season – Leaves Missouri For The Pros

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@Sheizman  Haith is going into his 4th year though.  I'm not sure how much longer we can keep blaming everything on Mike Anderson.  The only "good" year Frank had was with all of Anderson's players.  Even then, they got knocked out in the first game of the tourney as a 2 seed.  His redeeming quality is supposed to be that he is a strong recruiter, but thus far all he has done is bring in a bunch of transfers... which are great for plugging holes and re-enforcing weak spots... but it's hardly the ideal way to build a "good" team.


IMHO, if Missouri does not finish in the top 3-4 in the SEC and make the tourney next year... then he needs to be fired.  Missouri will never be an elite program like Kentucky or (puke) Kansas... but they should be good enough to finish in the top 1/2 of the SEC, make the tourney, and advance a round or 2 in the tourney most years.  

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Clarkson – SEC’s #7 Scorer This Season – Leaves Missouri For The Pros

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So if the NW players are "employees", does that mean that they have to start paying taxes on the value of their scholarships??


I am fine with athletes getting an extra stipend to cover their full costs.... but the last thing I want to see is college football turning into a professional sport with all of the top universities engaging in bidding wars for the top prospects.  Then it becomes nothing more than a lackluster version of the NFL.  

6 months, 4 weeks ago on The End Is Nigh (For College Sports As We Knew Them); What The NLRB’s Ruling Means For The SEC

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I think the SEC only has 2 teams that "deserve" to be in... and I'm a Missouri fan. 

8 months ago on SEC A 3-Bid League At Best After This Weekend

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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.  

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Season’s Over, But Chalk Up Another Win For Sam, Pinkel And Mizzou

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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.   

8 months, 2 weeks ago on MrSEC.com Final Signing Day Thoughts

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@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.  


8 months, 3 weeks ago on After Penn State, Would The NCAA Get Involved With Alleged Rape Charges At Missouri?

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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. 

8 months, 3 weeks ago on How Important Are Returning Starters? Depends On The Starters Returning

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@John at MrSEC @SportsChatter 


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.  

8 months, 3 weeks ago on After Penn State, Would The NCAA Get Involved With Alleged Rape Charges At Missouri?

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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. 

8 months, 4 weeks ago on After Penn State, Would The NCAA Get Involved With Alleged Rape Charges At Missouri?

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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. 

9 months, 1 week ago on Franklin Defends His Decision To Swing Vandy Commits To Penn State

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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! 

9 months, 1 week ago on A Second Carrier Is Set To Come On Board As SEC/ESPN Charge Big For SEC Network

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@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".

10 months, 2 weeks ago on 35 Post-SEC Championship Game And Bowl Selection Thoughts

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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. 

10 months, 2 weeks ago on 35 Post-SEC Championship Game And Bowl Selection Thoughts

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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.

11 months, 1 week ago on By Continuing To Play Mauk, Missouri’s Pinkel Playing With Fire

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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... 

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Missouri’s Pinkel Making The Right Call With QB Switch

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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. 

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Mizzou’s Pinkel On QB Mauk’s Performance: “We Kind Of Scared Him A Little Bit”

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@SouthernBoiSB @bpa_kc 

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. 

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Alabama’s Blowout Win Over Tennessee Won’t Help “Permanent Rival” Cause

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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. 

11 months, 3 weeks ago on SEC Stats: The League’s Defenses Much Worse Than Last Year

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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. 

11 months, 4 weeks ago on SEC East Race A Muddled Mess After Carolina Nips Mizzou; Tiger Fans Make Fools Of Themselves

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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...

11 months, 4 weeks ago on SEC East Race A Muddled Mess After Carolina Nips Mizzou; Tiger Fans Make Fools Of Themselves

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I personally do not like the permanent cross-division rival setup they currently have.  IMHO, a nice middle ground would be to keep the handful of historic rivalries, and eliminate the rest of them and let those teams rotate cross-division games each year. 

11 months, 4 weeks ago on Alabama’s Blowout Win Over Tennessee Won’t Help “Permanent Rival” Cause

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The curse lives on.  It isn't that we lost to USC because they are a damn good team... but that Mizzou has a 17 point leading going into the 4th and seemed to just sit back and let Connor Shaw pick them apart... and then in over-time, they had a chance to win it when USC had a 4th and goal from like the 15... yet they left a guy wide open in the endzone for the tying TD... and then a missed, virtually extra point length, field goal at the end... 

Oh well, if at the beginning of the season you told me that Mizzou would go 2 of 3 with UGA, UF, and USC... then I'd be like "sign me up".  There is still a lot of great football left this year and I'm hoping we can earn a few more w's...

12 months ago on South Carolina Rallies To Beat Missouri In Overtime

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@John at MrSEC Chill dude.  I am still back here posting after the 2012 season we had.  If Missouri makes it to Atlanta at 10-2 or even 9-3.... then I will dance a jig. 

I will say that for our program, this year is more the "norm" than the "exception".  2012 was awful, but IMHO, Gary Pinkel is the one of the best coaches in the SEC if not the nation.  I mean, how many top 25 or even top 10 teams can you produce out of 2 and 3 * recruits before people admit that you can coach your arse off.  Last year when Missouri had an injured starting qb and 4/5 starting o-linemen injured... all we heard was that It wasn't an excuse because real sec teams have "depth".. but this year it is that we are only winning  because sec teams have injuries...  forget that our best offensive player and defensive player are out with injury....  or that Florida had more 4* talent on the bench than Missouri had on their entire roster. 

12 months ago on SEC Game Previews – 10/25/13

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@John at MrSEC We don't care about the beating the spread... we aren't Kansas...  My bad on Vandy.  I must have been thinking about somebody else's pick on that one... 

12 months ago on SEC Game Previews – 10/25/13

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@bivouac77 I clicked on here hoping that he would pick against Missouri for the 4th time in a row...  It seems like "mr sec" picking against Mizzou is good luck for the Tigers. 

Seriously though, I think they have their hands full tomorrow with USC and expect an amazing game that could go either way.  Far better than that UCLA vs. Oregon stinker gameday decided to go to instead. 

12 months ago on SEC Game Previews – 10/25/13

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I think it is safe to say that HC Gary Pinkel's hot seat has now completely cooled. 

In any event, no matter where they end up record wise when all is said and done.... I really like this Tiger's team.  They have a ton of fight in them.  Unlike many past teams, even really good ones, whom would pretty much fold under the pressure when they had to deal with adversity, this team just keeps fighting. 

1 year ago on Underdog SEC Saturday: Vanderbilt Rallies To Beat Georgia, Mizzou Dominates Florida

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I will be curious to see how many of those top level recruits UK will be able to hold onto if they keep losing. 

1 year, 1 month ago on SEC Commitment Comparator – 9/5/13

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As a Missouri fan, I am very happy to see the switch in cross division rivalry.  I almost wish it was at Fayetteville though as that would be a close SEC road game for me to go to. 

In any event, we had more than 100 years to develop hatred for the Beakers...  so I don't think anything will replace that level of rivalry... but I think Arky/Mizzou could become a nice rivalry several years from now.  It definitley makes a LOT more sense then Arky/USCe or MU/A&M... 

1 year, 2 months ago on Missouri Vs Arkansas 2014: A Friday Or Saturday Affair?

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I'm mad about the EA Sports thing.  As an avid purchaser/player of the game franchise, I was looking forward to next year when they would likely have a playoff built into it.  Now it is going to feel un-realistic w/out the major conferences being referenced by name/logo/etc.

What I don't understand is how they can go after the video game for using their "likeness"... when the schools, conferences, tv networks, ncaa, etc all profit HUGELY off the actual athletes via tv revenue, ticket sales, etc...  while not paying them.  I mean, the video game doesn't even use their actual names... but only their numbers, skin color, and a rough approximation of their skill level. 

1 year, 2 months ago on SEC Headlines 8/15/2013

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@the_voice 

I kind of agree. 

Texas has 5 BCS level programs in state... not to mention CFB powerhouse Oklahoma nearby... and the state pretty much feeds the entire Big 12 conference. 

If you consider that, then I think LSU might be the most priviledged univesity when it comes to in-state talent...  and Arkansas and Missouri might not be as FAR behind as the numbers would lead you to believe since they both only have a single major football program w/in their borders. 

1 year, 2 months ago on The SEC’s Best Football Programs Part 1: Recruiting Base

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I am 100% in favor of college athletes getting an additional stipend to help cover the full cost of college life... but this case proves that it won't stop any of them from breaking rules to get more $$.  Johnny Football, whom at this point I think is just a spoiled brat... was more than willing to selfishly risk screwing up the season for his teammates and fans, and to jeapordize his own career... just to make a quick $7500. 

If he had come from poverty and was trying to get the $$ to help his family.. then I could understand and would be rooting for leniancy. However, I'm sure Johnny Football's mommy or daddy would have happily given him the $7500 if he had just asked. 

1 year, 2 months ago on Johnny Manziel Family Hires Lawyer; Attorney Has NCAA Experience

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Getting rid of Pinkel would be the worst idea ever for Missouri.  I think many fans forget just how terrible the Missouri program was prior to his arrival.  We basically went from almost "Kansas Bad" to becoming a national title contender for at least a year or 2.  Sure last year was AWFUL, but when your entire offense relies on great qb play... and your star qb is injured for the entire season... and to make matters worse your OL is also destroyed by injury... then it is hard to have a very good season.  It was really a perfect storm of bad luck... and imho... if they would have had just a few less injuries, then I think they beat Vandy and Cuse, finish with 7 wins, make a bowl game, and everybody calls it a pretty decent debut in the SEC.

Personally, I would have him above Sumlin.  Kevin had a great year... but he also came into a TON of talent, the best recruiting grounds in the country, and caught lightening in a bottle with Johnny Football.  I think the 2012 Aggies were better than ANY Mizzou team Pinkel has had, even the '07 squad... but Pinkel had all of that success with mostly 2 and 3 star talent, so I give him a slight nod (for now). 

1 year, 3 months ago on Ranking The SEC’s Coaches From Saban To Stoops

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Kansas should be a LOT better than Mizzou this year.  I'm surprised the Chickenhawks are still scared to play us.  Same with the Shorthorns and A&M. 

1 year, 5 months ago on SEC, Big XII To Officially Tip Off Hoops Challenge In November

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The SEC doesn't have any teams as remotely bad as Kansas has become.  Weis should worry about winning a conference game... while Stoops needs to worry about actually living up to 1/2 the hype that his program seems to always get going into every season. 

The SEC is top heavy for sure... but imho... in many years, the #4, 5, or even 6 team in the SEC is better than the #1 team in most other major conferences.  For example, I'd say that UGA, UF, USCe, Bama, LSU, and A&M were all better in '12 than ANY team in the Big 12.  Some say that A&M's success is proof the SEC is over-rated, but the fact that A&M easily handled OU in the bowl game is proof the Ags have just gotten that much better. 

1 year, 5 months ago on Kansas’ Weis Backs Stoops’ Criticism Of SEC

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I'm beyond disappointed in my Tigers.  They were absolutely dominated from start to finish..   Honestly, if I had just watched that game w/out having the score shown on the screen, I would have assumed Mizzou was  losing by 20+. 

 

Colorado State looked like they wanted to be there and were hungry to advance in the tourney...  Mizzou, not so much.  I haven't given up on Haith yet, but I think he needs to be on the hot seat. 

 

Good luck to UF in the tourney!

1 year, 7 months ago on More Bids And Better Seeds For The SEC? The League So Far Has Proven The Committee Correct

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 @Statesman

 I don't think anybody is Johnny Football.  His season last year was probably the most insane thing that I've ever seen in sports.  It will be interesting if he can do the same this year with teams more prepared for what he brings to the table.  I do have very high hopes for Mauk though. 

 

I agree with you on the play calling.  Why do you continually run your injured QB up the middle... especially against some of these MONSTERS that reside on SEC defensive lines.  Granted, I'm sure many of those plays were read options that Franklin chose to keep, but why call them in the first place??  The empty back field has to also become a much more rare occurance going forward. 

1 year, 7 months ago on MU’s Franklin Tries To Stay Upbeat With Twitter Twirps

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I HATE people who talk crap on twitter/etc that they would never have the courage to say to someone's face.   If I was a professional or collegiate athlete... I think I would just stay off twitter.  Nothing good ever comes from it... especially if you are the type who takes stuff at all personally. 

 

I was HUGELY disappointed in Franklin last year.. but who knows how bad the injuries affected him.  I hope that James is 100% this year... and that if he is not the starter, that it is because he was beaten out by someone better. 

1 year, 7 months ago on MU’s Franklin Tries To Stay Upbeat With Twitter Twirps

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Bama already gets all of the best recruits anyway.  The only thing this does is maybe free up Saban and his coaching staff to spend more time/effort on the current roster.  

 

The only reason I don't like it is that schools already go WAY overboard with recruiting.  Now they are going to be allowed to setup entire call centers that do nothing but contact recruits 7 days per week??  At some point, enough is enough.

1 year, 7 months ago on NCAA Recruiting Changes In Question, But Bama Keeps Hiring

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2012 was just a woulda/coulda/shoulda type year.  If Sheldon doesn't skip class and get suspended,  then they very likely beat Syracuse and finish 6-6.  If Franklin is even remotely healthy, then they probably beat Vandy and finish 7-5 which would be considered a decent first year in the SEC... 

 

I will say that I believe Missouri is a long ways away from competing with USC, UGA, or UF on a consistent basis (not to mention some of the killers over in the west).  Will they eventually get there??  I'm honestly not sure.  Recruiting will certainly have to get a  LOT better in the coming years.  

 

* to be fair... they could have easily lost to ASU, UCF, and Tenn to finish 2-10 on the year which would have been a true disaster.

1 year, 7 months ago on Mizzou’s Pinkel Not Surprised By The SEC, Not Gifting QB Job Back To Franklin

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I dunno... As a Mizzou fan, I was really happy to watch Mike "suitcase" Anderson get his at Mizzou arena last night. 

1 year, 7 months ago on SEC Hoops: Mizzou Crushes Arkansas, Ole Miss Survives Late Alabama Rally

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I don't know much about him in college... but I loved watching DT at Arrowhead back in the 90's.  Really one of my all time favorite players and the only Chiefs jersey that I own bears his name on the back... RIP. 

1 year, 7 months ago on 14 Ex-Players And 1 Ex-Coach From SEC Schools On College Football Hall Of Fame Ballot

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Mizzou definitely needs to do a better job of keeping the top in-state prospects at home.  I mean, while the state of MO isn't exactly a recruiting hotbed, MU is the only division 1 football program in the state.  Just locking down the borders would be a step in the right direction as far as being reasonably competitive in the SEC goes.

1 year, 8 months ago on Signing Day 2013: The Battle For Missouri

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Mizzou certainly doesn't look like a sure thing when you watch them play, especially not on the road.  I'm kind of surprised they are still in the top 25.  My only hope as a Mizzou fan is that Bowers gets healthy ASAP... and that all of the Haith stuff isn't too huge of a distraction. 

1 year, 9 months ago on With UK's Loss, SEC Looking More And More Like A 3-Bid League

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