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Rock M Nation Jan 20, 2017
Backups Desean Blair and Ryan Williams leave Missouri as roster paring season continues

Backups Desean Blair and Ryan Williams leave Missouri as roster paring season continues

Here are today’s Mizzou Links. Roster paring season continues apace. Mizzou announced on Thursday that receiver Desean Blair and running back Ryan Williams are no longer with the program. Neither can be considered too surprising. Blair fit the common transfer profile — out-of-stater, struggled to crack the depth chart, halfway through his eligibility. He had a promising start to his career, gaining attention for some circus catches in practice and catching a 21-yard pass in the 2015 season opener. But he was part of the car accident that also involved Terry Beckner Jr., Keyon Dilosa,...
Rock M Nation Jan 19, 2017
Can Missouri pull a Clemson? Part 1: Off the field

Can Missouri pull a Clemson? Part 1: Off the field

Revenue, fanbase, facilities, fundraising and all those other good things that go into a college football juggernaut. The phrase “Clemsoning” used to have a negative connotation. It used to call to mind Clemson’s propensity for getting to the peak of college football, only to fall decisively and embarrassingly from said peak. Then Clemson got to the 2016 national championship game and almost knocked off big, bad Alabama. Then the Tigers got there again in 2017 and did knock off big, bad Alabama. All of a sudden, “Clemsoning” has a bit of a different meaning. Now, it means taking a...
Rock M Nation Jan 19, 2017
Missouri shot well from the 3-point line against Alabama. It didn’t matter.

Missouri shot well from the 3-point line against Alabama. It didn’t matter.

Let’s Study Hall it up! Your Trifecta: Phillips-Woods-Barnett. The “Phillips, Barnett, and someone else” combo is becoming awfully common. One reason why it’s really hard to lose all of your games: Sometimes your shots go in and theirs don’t. The 3-pointer in particular is an equalizer of sorts on given nights because of sheer randomness. Mizzou, a demonstrably awful, historically bad 3-point shooting team made seven of 14 3-pointers last night in Tuscaloosa, and against a pretty good defense. That is the kind of thing that leads to random, didn’t-see-that-coming wins. Alabama,...
Rock M Nation Jan 19, 2017
Rey Estes decommits from Missouri, leaving up to 8 spots unfilled in the Tigers’ 2017 class

Rey Estes decommits from Missouri, leaving up to 8 spots unfilled in the Tigers’ 2017 class

Here are today’s Mizzou Links. A few weeks ago, we mourned the death of Mizzou’s East St. Louis recruiting pipeline. Somewhat implicit in that was the acknowledgment that ESL quarterback Rey Estes was reasonably likely to decommit from Mizzou at some point in the coming weeks. He didn’t flip to Illinois, but he did flip: I am bringing the recruiting process to an end it's been a long journey and I'm more then bless to play on the next level PROUD GOPHER pic.twitter.com/bAmjjuJGmr— rey (@ese_tipo5) January 18, 2017 Estes was committed to PJ Fleck and Western Michigan before he...
Rock M Nation Jan 18, 2017
Aarion Penton and Josh Augusta standing out at East-West Shrine Game practice

Aarion Penton and Josh Augusta standing out at East-West Shrine Game practice

Here are today’s Mizzou Links. Practices for the East-West Shrine Game began yesterday, and two former Mizzou defenders didn’t waste time trying to stand out. Cornerback Aarion Penton (clocking in at 5’9, 180) and tackle Josh Augusta (6’3, 365!) both made the highlight reel after one day. And Penton is just a bit amped about it. Good luck to #Mizzou's @mizzousavage and @Miz_Amp_11 as they compete in the @Shrine_Game Saturday in St. Pete, Fla.#MIZ #ShowMe pic.twitter.com/hBvOREQ8QR— Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) January 17, 2017 Went sttttuuuupppiiidddd in practice...
Rock M Nation Jan 17, 2017
The Missouri basketball head coaching job is a good one. Really.

The Missouri basketball head coaching job is a good one. Really.

Despite few wins and dwindling attendance numbers, the Missouri basketball job is still a very good coaching job. Honest. Consider this part one of a potentially inevitable coaching search saga we could have coming in the next few months. Let’s first talk about what sort of job the Missouri head coaching gig is. Later, we’ll cover the landscape of college basketball coaching and where Mizzou might fall into that landscape. With more concrete developments down the line, we can get into candidates. I know many of you are eager to talk about candidates, but we’re not there yet. But I...
Rock M Nation Jan 17, 2017
Hard times on Missouri’s hard court

Hard times on Missouri’s hard court

Welcome to the Mizzou Winter Warmer, a weekly a recap of everything happening in Mizzou winter sports. Check back in every Monday — or Tuesday, in case of holiday — to get a recap of the past week's events as well as a look forward at what's coming for each of Mizzou's programs. It’s been two weeks since I was able to get up a post up recapping the world of Mizzou sports. This week’s Winter Warmer will cover the past two weeks of action. Men’s basketball something something something haven’t won a game in over a month something something let’s not talk more about the...
Rock M Nation Jan 17, 2017
Missouri’s 2017 commitments are a tightly-knit bunch

Missouri’s 2017 commitments are a tightly-knit bunch

‘Tis the season for decommits and wayward glances — it’s 15 days to National Signing Day, and this is where things start to get weird. So far, so good for Mizzou, though. Per this Rivals piece on Mizzou commit Case Cook, that’s partially because of the coaches and partially because of the commits themselves. “We are a tight-knit group. It’s not that Missouri is telling us anything special, it’s just that we are a bunch of guys that know how to play the game and we want to build something that is special," Cook said. "I think that us being from all over the country makes that...
Rock M Nation Jan 16, 2017
It’s been 1,084 days since Missouri’s last road win

It’s been 1,084 days since Missouri’s last road win

That’s a long time. Here are today’s Mizzou Links. I wasn’t really thinking about it at the time, but when writing on Saturday about the “Frank Haith nearly fights Mike Anderson” game, I casually mentioned Mizzou’s 2014 win over Arkansas in Fayetteville. It was a fun game, with Mizzou taking an early lead, Arkansas bouncing back multiple times, and Mizzou closing out the win with 22-for-27 shooting from the free throw line. Earnest Ross and Jabari Brown combined for 48 points and 16-for-16 shooting from the line. Ross hit a go-ahead 3, and Mizzou never looked back. The game took...
Rock M Nation Jan 14, 2017
Mizzou memories: That time Frank Haith tried to pick a fight with Mike Anderson

Mizzou memories: That time Frank Haith tried to pick a fight with Mike Anderson

Mizzou stinks at basketball right now. One day, the Tigers will be good again. In the meantime, we’ll reminisce. It is an understatement to say that Mizzou fans don’t think back on the Frank Haith era with much fondness. After beginning his Tiger career with 30 wins in 34 games, he wasn't able to prevent his team from slipping on a banana peel in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament, and with the talent he seemed to have at his disposal, going 46-23 over the next two years, with another quick NCAA exit and an NIT appearance, was lackluster. Haith's roster management skills were...
Rock M Nation Jan 13, 2017
Missouri’s victory checklist features 4 items. The Tigers can’t ever check more than 3.

Missouri’s victory checklist features 4 items. The Tigers can’t ever check more than 3.

The week in Mizzou Basketball, Study Hall-style. Your Georgia trifecta: Phillips-Woods-BarnettYour Auburn trifecta: Phillips-Walton-Barnett Mizzou began the week ranked 192nd per KenPom and finished it ranked 184th. Technically speaking, that means it was a semi-successful week, at least by meager standards. Of course, the Tigers also let a road lead go to waste against a solid Georgia team and blew lost out on another Most Winnable Game Remaining opportunity against Auburn. Here are now your five most winnable games remaining: January 21: Ole Miss (41%) February 15: Alabama (36%) February...
Rock M Nation Jan 13, 2017
Missouri isn’t hosting recruits again till next week. Considering the weather, that’s great.

Missouri isn’t hosting recruits again till next week. Considering the weather, that’s great.

Here are today’s Mizzou Links. If you are living in Columbia, I hope you got all the salt and bare necessities you need for the next few days. Winter’s comin’. So this was prescient: Mizzou is loading up on official visitors for the weekends of January 20 and 27 to close out the 2017 class -- thus far, six prospects are scheduled for next weekend, three for the week after -- but Tiger coaches left this week's dance card empty, presumably so they go out and about and focus on visiting recruits themselves. That's a very good thing, as it's pretty difficult to complete a solid official...
Rock M Nation Jan 12, 2017
Bieser Brings Beer to Mizzou Baseball

Bieser Brings Beer to Mizzou Baseball

Or: How to draw fans AND provoke a heated rivalry I was startled but not surprised when I saw the news on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon: NEWS: @MizzouAthletics Unveils Premium Seating Area Left Field Lounge Club at #Mizzou Baseball https://t.co/9GKWAeAa31#MIZ #C2E ⚾ pic.twitter.com/WTFk10tahv— #MizzouBaseball (@MizzouBaseball) January 11, 2017 Yes, hidden in lower case italics amid the ALL CAPS in that line at the bottom of the graphic is the most important part of this announcement: Details about the Lounge From mutigers.com: Mizzou Baseball and the...
Rock M Nation Jan 12, 2017
Will Mizzou ever win again?

Will Mizzou ever win again?

It’s a dire situation, and I’m worried the worst might come true. Yes. Mizzou will win again. Whether or not the win happens in the next eight weeks of the season is certainly another question and that is kind of terrifying. We pride ourselves at being analytical here but sports are an emotional experience and the emotions of Missouri basketball fans are in the storm drain... if you strain, you can still see some light outside but you’re just ankle deep in dirty water, leaves, a plastic shopping bag and something mushy you can’t quite identify but don’t really want to know what it...
Rock M Nation Jan 11, 2017
For the seventh time in a row, things could’ve gone better for Mizzou basketball

For the seventh time in a row, things could’ve gone better for Mizzou basketball

Here are today’s Mizzou links. In front of a raucous dozen or so fans at Mizzou Arena, the Tigers once again found shooting the ball poorly to be counter-productive to outscoring their opponent. Even though this was statistically Missouri’s “most winnable” game left on the schedule, I’m not sure many fans expected a different result. Maybe someday we’ll get to read about a nice surprise win, but today is not that day. Recaps: Post-Dispatch, KC Star, The Trib, The Missourian, PowerMizzou, Scout Highlights: From the Post-Dispatch: For nine seconds Missouri regained momentum,...
Rock M Nation Jan 10, 2017
Mizzou Recruiting Roundup: #ShowMe17 Approaches National Signing Day

Mizzou Recruiting Roundup: #ShowMe17 Approaches National Signing Day

With National Signing Day less than a month away, Missouri’s 2017 class still has room to grow. Jordan Ulmer Commits to Missouri Jordan Ulmer is a three-star safety from Bellevue High School in Bellevue, Michigan. Ulmer selected the Tigers over Minnesota, Iowa State, Western Michigan, Toledo, and Cincinnati, among others. Ulmer is the fourth defensive back commit in the 2017 class. You can find our full breakdown of Ulmer’s commitment here. WELCOME, JORDAN. Show Me National Signing Day With National Signing Day coming up on February 1, Missouri’s #ShowMe17 class currently consist...
Rock M Nation Jan 10, 2017
Tigers win National Championship

Tigers win National Championship

Here are today’s Mizzou links. That was quite a game, huh? If you were unaware, the Clemson Tigers came from behind to defeat the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 in the College Football Playoff. It was a thrilling affair littered with the sorts of great plays that you would expect in an “instant-classic” game. Some folks are already arguing that this may rank at the very top of recent National Championship games. I, for one, am just glad to see some Tigers come out on top for once. Recaps: ESPN, Post-Dispatch, KC Star, The Missourian Highlights: From ESPN: Alabama's defense was so much...
Rock M Nation Jan 9, 2017
You’ve gotta fight for your right to win games

You’ve gotta fight for your right to win games

Here are today’s Mizzou links. Say what you will about Missouri’s loss to Georgia on Saturday, at least they showed some fighting spirit. All jokes aside, it was nice to see some fire from the team. Even if that fire was very small and ultimately extinguished by a small breeze. You have to take what you can get this season, I suppose. Recaps: The Trib, Post-Dispatch, KC Star, The Missourian Highlights: From The Trib: The Tigers led by six points after a sloppy first half in which they scored 14 points off 12 Georgia turnovers. MU’s Jordan Barnett missed a late...
Rock M Nation Jan 8, 2017
Bulldogs use halftime scuffle to propel past Tigers

Bulldogs use halftime scuffle to propel past Tigers

Both teams struggled to shoot the basketball, but Georgia edged out Missouri 71-66. How much of this post could have been prewritten? Mizzou fought hard but a woeful shooting performance led to another road loss. Check, check, check, check. STL Post-Dispatch: Tigers can't recover in Athens, drop sixth straight Columbia Tribune: Bulldogs top Tigers after halftime scrap KC Star: Mizzou shows fight at Georgia but loses 27th consecutive road game Even when the Tigers were winning the first half it was still hard to feel excited about it because the inevitable fall was bound to happen. On the...
Rock M Nation Jan 7, 2017
Michigan safety Jordan Ulmer reportedly commits to Missouri

Michigan safety Jordan Ulmer reportedly commits to Missouri

Ulmer is Missouri’s 21st commitment in the class of 2017 and the fourth defensive back. Jordan Ulmer, a 6’2, 185-pound safety from Belleville, Mich., committed to Missouri on Saturday. Something SPECIAL is happening in Columbia! Welcome LENGTH, SPEED, & INSTINCTS to the back end of the #SHOWME17 Defense!! 21 Strong!! pic.twitter.com/dzD1lU0rFZ— ShowMe17 (@MizzouShowMe17) January 7, 2017 From @JoshHelmholdt: 2017 Belleville (MI) DB Jordan Ulmer has committed to Mizzou according to his HS coach— Brian Austin (@btaustin) January 7, 2017 Belleville (Mich.) safety Jordan...

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