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Rock M Nation 1 hour ago

Rock M Radio – Episode 33

Jack and Same bid adieu to the diamond sports, talk Marcus Loud's dismissal and discuss his replacements, take stock of the MU/KU rivalry, and ponder what the basketball roster will look like this season. In this week's podcast: Adios, diamond sports. Marcus Loud is a Tiger no more. Who fills the shiny new hole in the defensive end position? The Mizzou/Kansas rivalry, and the oft-misquoted history behind it. How the basketball roster shapes up for next season.
Rock M Nation 2 hours ago

Secrets of the Split T, part 3: The staples

Following two fun, exciting introductory chapters, in which he shares the whys, whens, and whats of the offense he created, Don Faurot gets to work. Part II of Football: Secrets of the "Split T" Offense focuses on the nitty gritty of the offense -- the base plays, the constraints, and how you try to operate against different defensive alignments. Granted, the alignments themselves have changed (in each chapter, Faurot discusses how to operate each play when facing defenses like the 6-2-2-1, 5-3-2-1, 7-1-2-1, etc., not the 4-3, 3-4, 4-2-5, or 3-3-5), but the method of crafting an offense...
Rock M Nation 8 hours ago

Mizzou Links: Track Regionals begin, and NOW the SEC wants an even playing field...

Not going to lie: it IS pretty rich that NOW the SEC is worried about an "even playing field." Also: NCAA Track & Field regionals begin, and Ca'Rom Baham might be the only WR in Mizzou's 2016 signing class. What's On At the SEC's spring meetings in Destin, Nick Saban talks fishing and family ... and other stuff. About that other stuff...USA Today: SEC football coaches must get used to view of new landscape "Big-picture wise, I mean even in the NFL they have a salary cap," Saban said. "You can't create a system that, really, can almost promote fraud. But when we don't have a cap that...
Rock M Nation May 26, 2015

Mizzou Links: Tiger Baseball misses the NCAAs, and Tori Finucane 1, Softball 0

With Missouri Baseball officially missing the NCAAs, the conversation is now all about Tim Jamieson's contract status. Plus: Tori Finucane flew home with the softball team after her Super Regional injury at UCLA. What's On Missouri wins the 2006 Malibu Regional. (Remember when everything wasn't cataloged on YouTube in perfect clarity and from six different angles?) I post this because my guess is it will officially be Tim Jamieson's final NCAA regional title. Missouri officially missed the NCAA regionals yesterday. Jamieson's contract is up, and while there is a persuasive case for him...
Rock M Nation May 25, 2015

Secrets of the Split T, part 2: The play sequence and other technical details

Last week I began a series that I hope is as enjoyable to read as it is to put together. Don Faurot wrote a book called Football: Secrets of the "Split T" Formation, and I decided to talk through it chapter by chapter here. It is a fascinating book, both because of the level of detail Faurot shares about what was still a reasonably unfamiliar formation and because it was written in 1950, closer to early-1900s rules changes that saved the game than to the present tense. As I said in Part 1, this book illustrates just how much football changes, and how much it never changes. It's lovely. A...
Rock M Nation May 25, 2015

Memorial Day Mizzou Links: Tori Finucane and Justin Smith are tough as hell

Tori Finucane was released from the hospital after taking a line drive to the face in Mizzou's 10-6 Super Regional Loss. Plus: Mizzou Baseball probably isn't making the NCAA Tournament, and Justin Smith was ridiculous. What's On Awesome Thank you all for the love and support. I am so thankful for the people in my life and the ones sending their prayers. #MizzouStrong — Tori Finucane (@tori_finucane5) May 25, 2015 #Mizzou's Tori Finucane has been released from the hospital and will travel home with the Tigers tomorrow. Thanks for your many well wishes! — Mizzou Softball...
Rock M Nation May 24, 2015

Sunday Live Thread: A tough softball loss and your new favorite point guard

What are you up to today? Until 2 p.m., that is... Get 'em today Mizzou took a 4-1 lead on UCLA in Game 1 of the Super Regionals, but the UCLA offense couldn't be held in check. Paige Lowary faded after a few innings, presumably due in part to the illness she was suffering last weekend (you don't lose 10 pounds, then immediately regain your full strength), and Tori Finucane struggled with control when she came in. UCLA tied the game at 4-4 in the third, scored two more in the fourth, and cruised to a 7-4 lead. As soon as the pitching let up a little bit, Mizzou's chances went from good to...
Rock M Nation May 23, 2015

2016 Missouri football recruiting: Ca'Ron Baham commits to Tigers

I am officially committing to the University Of Mizzouri Tigers! @_Andrew_Lopez @DemetricDWarren @RivalsJason @samspiegs — Ca'Ron (@k_cutta1) May 23, 2015 I'm a Tiger babe ❗️ — Ca'Ron (@k_cutta1) May 23, 2015 Missouri secured its fourth commitment of the 2016 class on Saturday, landing recently offered Marrero, La., athlete Ca'Ron Baham. Baham is being recruited as an athlete, with no specific position in mind, and it's not hard to see why. He's fast. So much of his highlight film is running zone-read keepers and destroying defenders' angles in the open field. That...
Rock M Nation May 23, 2015

Saturday Live Thread: DeMarre Carroll is incredible, and Super Regionals start tonight

DeMarre Carroll plays 34 decent minutes on one leg, Affton high school retires Markus Golden's number, and the Mizzou-UCLA softball Super Regional starts tonight. Tonight: The one Saturday event on the Mizzou calendar is an awfully big one. Tomorrow. 7 PM CT. @ESPNU. #MIZ pic.twitter.com/rbIHt1b7Y0 — Mizzou Softball (@MizzouSoftball) May 23, 2015 .@tori_finucane5 giving some advice about pitching to @ESPNU's @DanielleLawrie5. pic.twitter.com/3um6o5qhGn — Mizzou Softball (@MizzouSoftball) May 23, 2015 .@PAIGELOWARY goes over the finer points of #PAIGERAGE with @ESPNU's...
Rock M Nation May 22, 2015

Kim Anderson's got his team, and now it's time to get to work

Kim Anderson and Rob Fulford both spoke to members of the media this week. Time to see what they and the rest of Mizzou's basketball staff can do with an interesting, if relatively small, lineup in 2015-16. So we pretty much know what Kim Anderson and his assistants will be working with in 2015-16. Time to make some adjustments? The Trib: Missouri basketball notes: Anderson will have to adjust to new personnel "We’re going to have to look at how we play," Anderson said Wednesday. "Whether we play with four guards? We’re going to be probably smaller." How exactly the players fit...
Rock M Nation May 22, 2015

Mizzou Links: Softball is back in L.A., and Mack Rhoades talks about football schools

Mizzou Softball is in Los Angeles, the scene of its 2009 breakthrough, for another Super Regional. Meanwhile, Mizzou Baseball plays the waiting game, and WHY IS EVERYBODY DISRESPECTING MIZZOU FOOTBALL SO MUCH? What's On A flashback. 2009MUTIGERS.COM: Tigers Upset No. 2 UCLA For Game One WinMUTIGERS.COM: UCLA Forces Game Three in Super RegionalMUTIGERS.COM: Walk Off Home Run Sends Missouri to World Series 2015The Trib: Save in regional championship becomes latest chapter in Lowary's solid rookie season #Mizzou is OFF for L.A. on the road to the #WCWS! Tigers with the back of this...
Rock M Nation May 21, 2015

Simmons Field: Decision Time for Mack Rhoades regarding Tim Jamieson's contract

Mizzou's run at the SEC Tournament came to an end this morning. Now it's time to start speculating: Will new Athletic Director Mack Rhoades and Executive Associate AD Tim Hickman pull the trigger and end Tim Jamieson's tenure at Mizzou? With an incredible 2015 Mizzou Baseball season winding down toward its end, it's finally about time for a decision about Head Coach Tim Jamieson's future. After 21 years at the helm of the Tigers, Tim Jamieson's contract expires at the end of this season. Speculation has been rampant throughout the season about what it would take to save his job. The first...
Rock M Nation May 21, 2015

Mizzou Links: DeMarre Carroll injured in the Eastern Conference finals

DeMarre Carroll injured his knee in Game 1 of the NBA's Eastern Conference finals, Mizzou Baseball collapsed late against Vanderbilt, and Marcus Loud was dismissed from the Mizzou Football team. Great day! But at least we got a knew deputy AD ... and a great Justin Smith story... What's On This isn't a "not for the squeamish" injury by any means, but it's not a happy "What's on," that's for sure. Peachtree Hoops: DeMarre Carroll injury: Hawks forward leaves game with apparent knee injury Wow, the level of support he received. Quick prayer for my brother DC. Wow. — Kim English...
Rock M Nation May 20, 2015

Secrets of the Split T, part 1: Football never changes

Don Faurot is certainly prevalent in the bullet-point version of Missouri's football history. He played and coached for the Tigers. He was, until Gary Pinkel passed him, Mizzou's winningest head coach. He makes appearances in Mizzou's football intro video... ...and most fans have some general knowledge about his formation of the Split-T formation and the impact it had on college football offenses in the 1940s and beyond. But what exactly was the Split-T? What impact did it really have? Lucky for us, Faurot wrote a book on the subject in 1950. It was called, naturally, Secrets of the "Split...
Rock M Nation May 20, 2015

Mizzou Softball - Back to the Super Regionals

Mizzou had to overcome some injury adversity and also had to stave off a former rival, but they came through the Columbia Regional cleanly and now set their eyes towards bigger and better prizes The Beef: Well Switz…it might not have always been pretty, but it was effective enough to do the job. Mizzou came through their Regional unscathed with a Friday win over Indiana State and two tasty victories of Kansas. Obviously (and as seems to regularly be the case for Mizzou when they reach the NCAA’s), the pitching was not as we pictured it for the weekend. Before moving on to UCLA, let’s...
Rock M Nation May 20, 2015

On mistakes and context: Wrapping up the Tim Fuller interview

The Experience I went through was an intriguing one. I'm sorry that this has taken me a while to write. For the most part we've all detached from last month's Tim Fuller feature, but I wanted to present my own thoughts on it as best I could. I've had some trouble writing since we wrapped up work on the interview. That's mostly because there was a really long basketball season (maybe you noticed), and we landed this interview right on the heels of that. From the day I interviewed Coach Fuller to the day it published, there was a lot involved, and it wore me out. But it's important for me...
Rock M Nation May 20, 2015

Mizzou Links: Tigers advance in Hoover, and THE FAUROT STATUE IS GONE

Reggie McClain looked great as Missouri took down South Carolina in the SEC Baseball Tournament in Hoover. Next up for the Tigers: Vanderbilt, against whom Mizzou is winless since joining the SEC. Also: K.J. Walton has signed and will probably qualify, and ... THE FAUROT STATUE IS GONE! THE FAUROT STATUE IS GONE! What's On One win down, maybe one more to go. MUTIGERS.COM: No. 7 Mizzou Advances With 5-1 Win Over South CarolinaThe Trib: Missouri tops South Carolina in SEC openerPost-Dispatch: Mizzou baseball survives in SEC tourneyD1Baseball: Dispatches From Hoover: May 19 While the...
Rock M Nation May 19, 2015

Mizzou Links: Justin Smith was an all-time great in both Columbia and San Francisco

Justin Smith first made a name for himself as an out-of-nowhere dynamo in fall camp at Missouri in August 1998. Nearly 17 years later, the former All-American, top-5 draft choice, and all-NFL superstar finally retires. What's On Justin Smith fan tributes, naturally. It's an odd feeling watching another fan base mourns the retirement of a guy you consider 'yours' (for lack of a better term), isn't it? Justin Smith isn't "Cowboy" ... he's Godzilla! Smitty! He's ... a bunch of nicknames that only existed in one state 15 years ago. Okay, fine, he's "cowboy" too. The Trib (Behind the...
Rock M Nation May 18, 2015

On Mizzou Football moving to the SEC and recruiting adjustments

After the move to the SEC, Mizzou will see the fruits of its recruiting labors starting in 2015 Team Speed Kills had a great article and I typed up a big long comment but instead fleshed it out below. How Realignment Changed Missouri's Recruiting - Team Speed Kills Things really began to change with the 2013 class. The number of Texas recruits as a percentage of the whole dropped to 19%, a virtual tie with 2007 (18.5%) for the lowest in the past decade. Unlike in 2008, that percentage didn't recover in 2014. Mizzou also signed a record number of Florida players at seven. Missouri began...
Rock M Nation May 18, 2015

A Puma auction, Bill Carter, and the #TremendousStubble drive

I have a proposition…. a "let’s make a deal", of sorts. I’ll donate based on either scenario, depending on which brings more money: Scenario 1:$5 per Mizzou win+$5 more for a run-rule victory$2 per Mizzou HR$1 per K for Mizzou pitchers$1 per error-free game from Mizzou$10 per RMN mention in broadcast media that anyone can verify Minimum $50 Scenario 2:Bill C. auctions off a pair of his Puma shoes and donates the money to the Stubble Drive. I will match the winning bid up to $200. What’s it gonna be, Bill? I'm going to go out on a limb and say that's the first time my Puma...

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