Mizzou takes the podium at SEC Media Days, releases pre-Fall Camp depth chart + links

A year ago, Missouri took the podium on in Hoover, Alabama for their first SEC Media Days, and clearly were full of confidence, with a chip on their shoulder. True Son TJ Moe got everyone’s attention last year with fun, bold and even fearless comments, such as: “The air is warmer, they say girls are prettier here and the toilet paper is thicker.” “The Southeastern Conference isn’t really southeastern. We’re about as Midwestern as it gets. We’re the gateway to the west and we’re hanging out in the Southeast somewhere. This is like the bottom-right fourth conference. That’s what it is when you draw a line? People get confused with directions.” “I don’t think we’re 5-year-old kids running around without a helmet. I think we can compete. You’ve got quarterbacks who are always up for Heisman in the Big 12, and that’s not always true about the SEC. Part of that is due to the fact that SEC defenses are better. It’s also due to the fact that Big 12 offenses are quite a bit [Read more...]

The SEC’s long-term partnership with ESPN, the SEC Network and what it means for Mizzou

Move over Big Ten, here comes the SEC Network. Probably the worst-kept secret in college sports finally became official last week when ESPN and the Southeastern Conference announced a long-term deal and the formation of the SEC Network during a press conference in Atlanta. The Network will debut August 6, 2014 and will carry 45 live football games – three games a day for 13 straight Saturday’s –100 men's basketball games, 60 women's basketball games and 75 baseball games each year. "The SEC Network will provide an unparalleled fan experience of top quality SEC content presented across the television network and its accompanying digital platform," SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said. "We will increase exposure of SEC athletics programs at all 14 member institutions, as we showcase the incredible student athlete in our league." “There will be something for every SEC fan, all the time," Slive said. A new 20-year media agreement between ESPN and the SEC that will run through 2034, is the [Read more...]

Mizzou strikes revenge on LSU + SEC race heatin’ up

Missouri is hard enough to beat at home (16-0 this year, one loss under head coach Frank Haith, and winners of 82 of the last 86). Add in the revenge factor? Almost impossible. Sorry LSU. Missouri (21-8, 10-6 SEC) avenged its 73-70 January loss at LSU with an 89-76 win over LSU (17-10, 8-8) behind double-doubles from seniors Laurence Bowers (23 points, 10 rebounds) and Alex Oriakhi (18 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks) and “Good Flip” (15 points, nine assists) Saturday at Mizzou Arena. Take away an early LSU run and some 3-point bombing, Missouri would have won this game by 30, or more. But, you can’t do that, I know. In a very exciting first half, Missouri scored the first six points of the game, but LSU – like they did in Baton Rouge – went off from 3 (6-8) and went on a 25-6 run for a 25-12 lead. But, still I was not worried. The Tigers are a 34% 3-point shooting team, so it wouldn’t keep up – much like South Carolina on Thursday. Missouri answered with an 11-2 run to make it [Read more...]

Projected SEC standings

  In two days, Mizzou plunges into the SEC. League starts tonight right off the bat as Vandy host South Carolina in an SEC East showdown. Here are our projected records and standings of the SEC entering the season: SEC West W L W L LSU 10 2 6 2 Alabma 10 2 6 2 Arkansas 9 3 5 3 Auburn 8 4 4 4 aTm 6 6 4 4 Ole Miss 6 6 2 6 Miss State 6 6 2 6 SEC East South Carolina 10 2 7 1 Georgia 10 2 6 2 Florida 7 5 4 4 Mizzou 8 4 4 4 Vandy 6 6 3 5 Tennessee 5 7 2 6 By our projections, 13 of the 14 SEC teams will be bowl eligible, but it is possible that the SEC will not have a team playing for the national title. We expect to see a LSU-South Carolina SEC title game. The winner could possibly have an outside shot at playing for a right to give the SEC their 7th straight title.  

KC SportsNation’s Preseason Top 25 College Football Poll

TEAM (1st place votes)  Pts                          1. LSU (1)                      97 Key returnees: CB Tyrann Mathieu, S Eric Reid, DE Sam Montgomery, DE Barkevious Mingo, RB Michael Ford, RB Spencer Ware, WR Russell Shepard, P Brad Wing Key losses: CB Morris Claiborne, DT Michael Brockers, OG Will Blackwell, WR Reuben Randle Sure, LSU lost some talent in the offseason – nine starters – however their defense is still full of studs and the secondary still features Tyrann "the Honey Badger" Mathieu. And, with the addition of juco transfer Zack Mettenberger, the offense - which returns the running back combo of Spencer Ware and Michael Ford, the Tigers are improved on offense without the woeful quarterback combo of Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee directing the offense, which was still good enough to go 13-1 and play the BCS National Championship Game. The Tigers will still be a run-oriented team, ball control team, but Mettenberger - who showed off a strong and accurate arm [Read more...]

College Football Playoffs!!! NCAA have you been reading my diary?

Yes it is true and it is officially here.  College football will now be settled by a 4-team playoff and while it won't totally eliminate all controversy, it definitely feels a whole lot better.  So here's what we know so far: The championship game will be bid on like the Superbowl or Final Four. The semi-final games will be rotated amongst the current BCS bowls. The 4 teams will be chosen by a selection committee. Like I said, this new playoff system won't eliminate controversy.  There will be plenty of years where the difference between the #4 and #5 teams is miniscule.  And watch all the critics cry foul when three SEC teams make it into the playoffs, which is bound to happen.  But that kind of controversy I can live with, because whoever wins that 4-team playoff will have earned it. *** LINKS SB Nation: College Football Playoffs Are Here: 4-Team System Begins In 2014 SB Nation: College Football Playoff Schedule Should Look Familiar SB Nation: New 12-Year Contract [Read more...]

Frank Martin prefers Cocks, leaves K-State for South Carolina

Now former K-State head coach Frank Martin has agreed to become South Carolina's new coach was introduced this morning at the same time that K-State AD John Currie's held his own press conference. Martin's, 45, who went 117-54 at K-State, contract is worth $11.9 million over six years and will be the fourth highest paid coach in the SEC behind Kentucky's John Calipari, Florida's Billy Donovan and Arkansas' Mike Anderson and nearly in the Top 10 in the country. "Hardest thing I have ever done, signing my $2 million contract and having to call my former players who can barely afford to eat," Martin said on Twitter after his press conference. "So tough." S. Carolina would pay Martin 66 percent of guaranteed money per year for remaining years of his contract if he were to be fired. If Martin leaves after one year, he will owe USC 4M. Drops to 3M, then 1.5M. South Carolina also paid 1M to K-State for Martin's buyout. "You have to do your due diligence, and quite frankly, I think we got [Read more...]

Mike Alden’s open letter to Mizzou fans

A lot of things happening at Mizzou: new conference, new turf, stadium realignment and unveiling of new uniforms. Alden addressed all of this - and more in a letter to fans today. Some of the highlights: Football ticket prices will increase across the board, minus faculty/student seating The Band will move from its traditional location in the south end zone to the southeast corner of the student section. The field turf will be replaced this simmer, costing $1.5 million. The new turf will also bring a bigger Tiger head logo at midfield and end zone changes - Mizzou, instead of Missouri. With the move to the SEC, the visiting team allotment will increase to 6,000 from 3,800. Also, Alden reminds fans that SEC rules prohibit fans from leaving and re-entering. Once in the stadium, fans cant leave and re-enter. Alden reminds fans that new uniforms will be unveiled April 14, 2012, with changes to ALL of its Nike branded sports with a unifying "Mizzou gold" and new fonts. The uniforms [Read more...]

2012 SEC football schedule released; Mizzou hosts Georgia, Alabama, Vanderbilt and Kentucky

The Southeastern Conference released its 2012 football schedule. As expected, Missouri will host defending SEC Eastern Division champs Georgia Sept. 8 with a chance to prove themselves right off the bat. The other home games are Alabama, Vanderbilt and Kentucky. Away from Faurot Field, Mizzou will travel to South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee and Texas A&M for the third year in a row. September 8: Georgia September 22: at South Carolina October 6: Vanderbilt October 13: Alabama October 27: Kentucky November 3: at Florida November 10: at Tennessee November 24: at Texas A&M First thoughts: 1. Non-conference schedule: Missouri's non-conference schedule is now in jeopardy. Missouri will still host Arizona State Sept. 15, but had scheduled non-con games against Southern Illinois Sept. 8 and at Miami (OH) Sept 22 that are no longer on the schedule. Will Mizzou be able to move one of those games to Sept. 1? Look for a non-con opponent Nov. 17. It is unusual in the Big [Read more...]

SEC Coaches as Civil War Generals

A great piece by Clay Travis from Out Kick the Coverage. http://www.outkickthecoverage.com/sec-coaches-as-civil-war-generals.php Enjoy! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- My name is Clay Travis and growing up I went to Civil War sleepaway camp. As a scholarship student, no less. I wrote essays to win this scholarship. Back in the summer of 1996 when I was 17 years old I went to Gettysburg College and spent a week living in the dorms there. (Yes, this really happened). I loved it. When my wife found out about this, she ridiculed me to no end. "A scholarship to attend Civil War camp, I mean, that's useless. I'm surprised they don't have to pay people to go," she said. But I loved it. And I learned that Civil War buffs talk about generals like college football fans do about coaches. Ask any Civil War buff who he thinks should have been given command of the Army of Tennessee, for [Read more...]