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Rock M Nation 8 hours ago

AN OPEN LETTER FROM BRET BIELEMA

Setting the record straight on the dangers of up-tempo football. Dear college football fans, As many of you already know, there has been an ongoing conversation about the dangers of a new trend in our sport in which daredevil coaches convince their unknowing players to play the game of football at breakneck speeds. I mean it. These dudes are going so fast they're going to break their necks. Personally, I'm not going to stand for it. If coaches like my friend (also, enemy) to north Gary Pinkel continue to push football in this direction, we're going to live in a world where people can do...
Rock M Nation 14 hours ago

Net Results, 7-28-14: Previewing the Tiger Invitational

After opening the 2014 season on the road, the Tigers return home to host the annual Tiger Invitational in the Hearnes Center Since its inception in 1998, the Tiger Invitational has been dominated by Missouri Volleyball, which sits at 35-3 with six tournament wins in the past seven years. Last season, the Tigers hardly stumbled in the 2013 invitational, dropping just one set over the four games they played to start the season. Four new teams make the journey to Columbia for the Tiger Invitational this September: Lipscomb, Xavier, Illinois State, and Oakland. Here's a look at each...
Rock M Nation 16 hours ago
2014 SEC Preseason Football Position Rankings: Linebackers

2014 SEC Preseason Football Position Rankings: Linebackers

Some SBN blogs rank the 2014 linebacker corps of SEC teams. Mizzou is again ranked near the bottom of the league. This might be the final installment of this preseason power-rankings round up since each blog as been posting them at a pretty irregular schedule and some haven't been able to post their rankings before the next poll is taken. This isn't me blaming anyone, just an observation of fact. Furthermore, I'm beginning to suspect they are being used simply to throw shade. That bores me. SEC Position Rankings: Our Ballot for the Conference's Linebacker Rankings - Red Cup Rebellion 11....
Rock M Nation 18 hours ago

Mizzou's Greatest, #14: The 2007 receiving corps

15. Danario Alexander 200916. Mizzou Football 200717. Christian Cantwell18. Chelsea Thomas19. One State, One Spirit20. Mizzou-Nebraska 197821-22. Doug Smith and Mizzou-Kansas 199023. Mizzou Indoor Track 196524. Roger Wehrli25-26. Homecoming 2010 and Gahn McGaffie's kick return27-28. Willie Smith and Willie vs. Michigan29. Mizzou Basketball 192230. Hi Simmons31. Norm Stewart (athlete)32. The Henry Josey Story The updating is complete. Time to resume our countdown toward #1. *** As strange as it feels to say, the receiving corps was a bit of an issue for Missouri in 2006, Chase Daniels first...
Rock M Nation 22 hours ago

Mizzou Links, 7-28-14: Braylon Webb is a rock, Henry Josey is Darren Sproles

Braylon Webb is a steadying force for the Missouri defense, Evan Boehm is the center of the offense, Henry Josey looks/plays like Darren Sproles (which would be better if they weren't on the same team), and college basketball could feel a squeeze. What's On Since it's going to be one of the Mizzou games the SEC Network shows in a few weeks ... and since it was one of Andrew Baggett's (mentioned below) finest moments ... how about a little 2012 Mizzou-Tennessee... 33 days to South Dakota State Barely a month to go. Yessir. The Trib: Boehm front and center for this year's TigersThe Trib...
Rock M Nation Jul 27, 2014
Sunday live thread: The order of importance

Sunday live thread: The order of importance

So Mizzou's going to have potential all-conference weapons at quarterback, center, and defensive end with solid-at-worst play at running back, the rest of the offensive line, defensive tackle, WLB, and strong safety and youth and/or question marks at receiver and the rest of the back seven. More or less. What does that actually mean? What are the most important positions in your opinion? 1. Rank the most important positions on Mizzou's offense (QB, RB, WR-X, WR-Z, SLOT, TE, LT, LG, C, RG, RT). Where is strength a must, and where might you be able to hide weaknesses? 2. Rank the most...
Rock M Nation Jul 26, 2014

Depth Charting the 2014 Mizzou Football Roster: pre-Fall Camp 7/26/14

It's one week before Mizzou Football's Fall Camp and here at Rock M Nation we aim to provide you with the tools you need to have the clearest picture of the 2014 football team. I want to begin by giving a huge thanks to qf1976 for all his hard work on this project. I'm a visual learner, and as such I had an idea for how to better talk about football rosters, formations and depth charts. Along this line I approached some folks in the Rock M community and more than a couple responded with interest, it just turned out that qf1976 ("quiet fan 1976" - you probably recognize him because he's...
Rock M Nation Jul 26, 2014

Saturday live thread: Keeping Mizzou out of the headlines

Mizzou stayed mostly under the radar during a really stupid news week. That's good. Now do it again. 1. So ... peruse today's SBN college football news section, and you find ... crap. Lots of it. Star recruit at OU may have punched a woman at a Pickleman's. Half of the Texas football team getting kicked off. Lots of assault, lots of stupidity. This might have been the dumbest week in the history of players-being-dumb-in-the-offseason weeks. A) How much would you pay to keep Mizzou out of the news for another couple of weeks? B) 2. On the CFB news page, you'll also find a couple of former...
Rock M Nation Jul 25, 2014

Touring the Memorial Stadium Expansion

We were granted access to the new digs, and some of the additions will astound you. As many of you surely know, the University of Missouri is expanding its football field. Memorial Stadium's East Side Tower Project – which is expected to be completed this August – is the first of several additions that will be made to the venue. Even though the project isn't completely game-ready, I was allowed to take a short tour of the finished areas. The publicized additions all looked quite luxurious, but it was a few of the less well-known rooms that really piqued my interest. Allow me to walk you...
Rock M Nation Jul 25, 2014

Mizzou's Greatest, #32: The Henry Josey story

33. Paul Christman34. John Brown35. Jacob Priday's Friday36. Derrick Chievous37. Anthony Peeler38. Mizzou Football 196939. Johnny Roland40-41. Mizzou and Marcus Denmon vs. Kansas (2012)42-44. Lee Coward, Corey Tate, and Zaire Taylor45. Mizzou-Alabama 197546. Michael Sam wins All-American honors, comes out I don't think we need any further words for this one. We've already said 'em all. The 2013 football season was an incredible one because of the success on the field. It was a transcendent one because of the stories off of it.
Rock M Nation Jul 25, 2014
Mizzou's Greatest, #46: Michael Sam wins All-American honors, comes out

Mizzou's Greatest, #46: Michael Sam wins All-American honors, comes out

Sports and community and student body and culture can sometimes converge. And it can be beautiful. The process of updating the Greatest list for 2013-14 is almost complete. Today, we talk about a moment (well, a series of moments) as purely significant as almost any on the list. First, an updated list: 47-48. A screenshot and a magazine cover49-50. Mizzou Basketball 1994 and Mizzou-Nebraska51. John Kadlec52-53. Mizzou Basketball 2008-09 and a picture54. Renee Kelly55. 1968 Gator Bowl56. Jon Sundvold57-58. Mizzou-Nebraska 2003 and the video59. Brian Smith60. Kellen Winslow61-62. Devin West...
Rock M Nation Jul 25, 2014

Mizzou Links, 7-25-14: Justin Britt is nasty, and the SEC Network's rolling along

August 26 is Mizzou Day on the SEC Network (which is going to be in more and more homes), Justin Britt is "nasty" and a "Pete Carroll guy," and Mizzou Baseball's recruiting class gives hope. What's On How about a couple of minutes with Rickey Paudling? Football SEC! SEC! SEC!Team Speed Kills: Time Warner Cable Reaches Deal With SEC Network; Bright House Networks Also Signs UpMUTIGERS.COM: Mizzou And Kansas City Host Successful Third Annual SEC Block Party Oh hell yesSouthern Pigskin: SEC Network To Air 63 Classic Games in First Two Weeks MISSOURI 2005 Independence Bowl – South...
Rock M Nation Jul 24, 2014

X's & O's: Breaking Down the High-Low Offense Part 2 - High Post Entry and Ball Screens

Further breaking down the new offense you'll see from Mizzou and our head coach Kim Anderson this coming season. The Self-High-Low is all over the college basketball scene these days. Hopefully you've read part one of this two-parter on the Self High-Low offense. After reading that you should have a pretty good foundation of understanding of the offense. If not, do not fret, we're here to cover the rest of it. In the last post we talked about the base formation and what that means, plus the wing entry. In this post, we'll cover the other two ways to initiate the offense. Let's get...
Rock M Nation Jul 24, 2014

Mizzou Links, 7-24-14: Columbia produces ends, and Marvin Foster found his calling

Mizzou has produced a lot of good defensive ends, teams are racing to figure out Auburn, Marvin Foster has found his calling, and the Football Outsiders Almanac 2014 is now available! What's On Nothing's on! Turn the TV off! You have reading to do! FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: SITE NEWS: Football Outsiders Almanac 2014 is Now Available! Football Outsiders Almanac 2014 is now available for download on PDF, so just go here to buy it! If you already bought it or bought a package deal, go to the MY FO DOWNLOADS button in the top left of the site and click that to get a listing of documents for...
Rock M Nation Jul 23, 2014

Critiquing Mizzou's Season Preview

It's generally good form to not to be too critical of preseason predictions. This particular preview however, is so egregiously misinformed that a response became necessary. Predicting how a college football season will play out is an incredibly difficult endeavor to undertake. One critical injury, and a team that had previously been favored to win most of their games might only maintain their edge in a few contests. Because of this, it's usually a good idea to be lenient with the myriad of season previews being published during the Summer months. The authors of these pieces are doing the...
Rock M Nation Jul 23, 2014
Mizzou Links, 7-23-14: Mauk inspires confidence, Stec talks smack

Mizzou Links, 7-23-14: Mauk inspires confidence, Stec talks smack

Maty Mauk's confidence rubs off on others, Dave Steckel tells E.J. Gaines to start studying (#giddyup), and Mike Alden's hair is immaculate. What's On Well, Mrs. Bill C is finally about done with Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, but for everybody else, how about ... [spins random Mizzou YouTube generator] ... the end of Mizzou-Ohio State 1976? Football InsideSTL.com: Scouting The 2014 Tigers: The Running BacksThe Missourian: COMMENTARY: Maty Mauk's confidence rubs off on teammatesThe Trib (Behind the Stripes): Returning Offensive Might in the SEC: Alabama, Mississippi State sitting...
Rock M Nation Jul 22, 2014

Mizzou's Greatest, #64: 2013 Volleyball season was flawless until the final chapter

The team cleared hurdle after hurdle, the crowds grew and grew, and Mizzou completed its first ever perfect regular season. Mizzou Volleyball Claims Tiger Invitational Title For the sixth time in seven seasons, the Mizzou volleyball team claimed the Tiger Invitational Championship after defeating both Idaho State and Arkansas State in straight sets on Saturday afternoon (Aug. 31) at the Hearnes Center. The Tigers dropped just one set in the whole tournament as they went 4-0 in the annual affair, pushing their all-time mark in Tiger Invite play to 35-3. Mizzou Wins Yale Invite, Moves to...
Rock M Nation Jul 22, 2014

Breaking Down the High-Low Offense, Part 1: In the Beginning

AKA the "Self High-Low," this offense is what we can expect to see a lot of in the coming years under new Mizzou head coach Kim Anderson. Since Kim Anderson was hired as the head basketball coach at Missouri he has given approximately 4,873 interviews. And in approximately 96.7% of those interviews he has mentioned that he may anger some Mizzou fans by admitting that he runs Bill Self’s High Low offense. From the Columbia Tribune: I hope this doesn't upset Missouri fans. When I came to Central 12 years ago, I was thinking, "Well, what do I want to run offensively?" I actually started...
Rock M Nation Jul 22, 2014
Mizzou Links, 7-22-14: Tiger SEC SOS is favorable, Jayson Tatum is good at basketball

Mizzou Links, 7-22-14: Tiger SEC SOS is favorable, Jayson Tatum is good at basketball

Missouri's in-conference strength of schedule is quite favorable this fall, Gary Pinkel is asked to jab Kansas again and obliges, Jordan Clarkson had a great Summer League, and Jayson Tatum's recruiting profile just gets bigger and bigger. What's On ...not much of anything. Here, let's just watch last year's Florida game or something. Football 2014The Trib (Behind the Stripes): SEC Schedule Strength: Missouri's got a smooth ride, Arkansas not so much [T]he teams are ranked by the 2013 conference records of their 2014 opponents, with overall 2013 records in parentheses: SEC 1....
Rock M Nation Jul 21, 2014

Mizzou's Greatest, #66: 2014 Cotton Bowl

We continue with our updated Greatest rankings. 71-72. Brad Smith and Brad vs. Texas Tech (2003)73. George Williams74. Rhea Taylor75. Bob Steuber76. Melvin Booker77-78. Mizzou's 1997 backfield and Corby vs. Nebraska79. Clarence Gilbert vs. Kansas (2000)80. Mizzou-Ohio State 197681. Sonny Riccio to Victor Sesay82. Bill Stauffer83. Al Eberhard84. Godzilla eats West Virginia85. Kim Anderson86. Mizzou Baseball 196487. Danny LaRose88. Mizzou-Notre Dame 197889. Mizzou-Iowa State 200190. Mizzou Basketball 2011-1291. Mizzou signs No. 1 The 2013 season was already a rousing success. But it wouldn't...

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