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Rock M Nation 14 hours ago

Is Missouri's basketball recruiting philosophy actually changing?

And does it need to? Yesterday I wrote about Kim Anderson in his own words and how he answered the criticisms of this past year. In that Q&A session, Anderson talked about recruiting and how they were changing their philosophy from a year ago. Here is the segment on recruiting that I took out of yesterday's piece. Kim Anderson On Recruiting: One of our five mission statements that we came up with during the offseason was a targeted recruiting focus. When we say that, we still want to recruit the entire nation, but we are trying to focus a lot of our efforts on the middle part of our...
Rock M Nation 20 hours ago

Mizzou Links: John Stull's redemption, Tiger Hoops' road back to respectability

Former Mizzou lineman John Stull has rebuilt his life, and Mizzou Hoops looks to next season. John Stull doing stuff in the gym. Remember John Stull? 2006 football signee from Rock Bridge? Arrested with a bunch of drugs and kicked off the team a couple of years later? Dave Matter caught up with him for one hell of a Where Are They Now piece. Well done, Dave. Hudson hired him full-time in 2012. But their bond transcended the gym. Hudson brought Stull into his family, took him to church and served as a de-facto sponsor. When temptations to party with the old crowd came up, Stull called...
Rock M Nation Jun 29, 2015

Missouri basketball recruiting and Kim Anderson's answers to criticism

Friend of the site and Rock M Radio guest Carrington Harrison had a chance to interview Coach Anderson a few weeks ago, and he asked me for some input prior to the interview. I told him the things I thought most fans wanted to know from Coach and we figured out some ways to ask that nicely. It looks like he was able to fit much of it in despite only having about 20 minutes to cover everything. If you're in the KC area and regularly listen to 610 the Drive with Danny Parkins and Cdot Harrison, you may have heard this already. If not, have a listen. If you don't want to listen, I'll break...
Rock M Nation Jun 29, 2015

Mizzou Links: Jakeenan Gant still has loads of potential

Jakeenan Gant's improvement has become a central theme of Mizzou's offseason basketball workouts. Also: Thornton Jenkins passes away, Mizzou's John Warren shines at the USATF Juniors, and Missouri loves USWNT soccer. What's On Jakeenan Gant, high school star. One theme of this month's offseason basketball content has been that Gant is blossoming quite a bit after playing pretty timid ball for most of last season. That's certainly the main takeaway from his Summer Sessions interview with PowerMizzou. PM.com: Put it in a percentage: How much of your game did Missouri fans see last year...
Rock M Nation Jun 28, 2015

Mizzou in the SEC, Year 3: Rivalry Check

Your turn. (And what are you up to this fine Sunday?) For the last two years, as the sports calendar has wrapped up, I've been posting my thoughts on Mizzou's SEC rivalries -- how are they coming along, which ones are coming along more quickly, etc. Here's last year's post, which had Arkansas leading the way over Ole Miss, Georgia, and South Carolina. This year, it's your turn. It doesn't make sense for just me to share opinions on something like this, so I want to hear from you. Fill out the form below, explain your picks or give specific moments explaining your ratings. Loading...
Rock M Nation Jun 27, 2015

Mizzou Offers top 5-star '17 PG

Trevon Duval is one of the top Point Guards available in 2017 and Mizzou offered him. Ambitious. I think I'm going to start doing more recruiting quick hitters like this. The big updates are fun, but this way we can stay on top of things a little bit more. I don't know, we'll see how this goes. And don't worry, I'll still keep the Recruiting Hot Board up to date, but that is going to be the ongoing look instead of the quick hitter. Mizzou offered somebody new in the 2017 class. Missouri also offers 2017 guard Trevon Duval of WE R1 (DE). — Alex Kline (@TheRecruitScoop) June 27,...
Rock M Nation Jun 27, 2015

Is Max Scherzer the best Mizzou product to play in the Majors?

What are you up to this fine Saturday? Just in case you hadn't noticed, former Mizzou ace Max Scherzer is smoking hot right now. So... the final tally: @Max_Scherzer faced 54 batters between hits, spanning 12 days & 3 games.1 BB, 1 HBP in that span. — Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 27, 2015 Max Scherzer was perfect through 5 innings in each of 3 consecutive starts Last to do so: Yankees' Doyle Alexander in 1976 (Elias) — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 27, 2015 Scherzer 9-5 with a 1.79 ERA this season, and his last three starts have been stunning: 26 innings,...
Rock M Nation Jun 26, 2015

Mizzou Links: Michael Sam's back in Montreal, E.J. Gaines is underrated

And a belated happy birthday to Namon Wright. What's On A serenade. Pre-workout singing (kind of) for the returning #Mizzou players... happy birthday, Namon! pic.twitter.com/Uk754DGvpu — Mizzou Basketball (@MizzouHoops) June 25, 2015 Happy birthday to #Mizzou's Namon Wright! Help us wish @kharyw a special day with a retweet! #MIZ pic.twitter.com/69YAmjBC3Y — Mizzou Basketball (@MizzouHoops) June 25, 2015 Happy 21st Birthday @kharyw. Hit the weight room and let's get stronger! #noyogatoday — Kim Anderson (@CoachAndersonMU) June 25, 2015 Meanwhile, Kim Anderson was in...
Rock M Nation Jun 25, 2015

Secrets of the Split T, part 6: Let's talk blocking and adjustments

With the playbook out of the way, it's time to get to the fundamentals. Chapters 13 and 14 of Secrets of the "Split T" deal with blocking and adjustments. Blocking for the Split T It has been said that the deceptiveness and swift striking power of the "Split T" will assure ground gains even without blocking. A famous Missourian, Mark Twain, once made a now-famous remark: "Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated." We should like to paraphrase his statement and say that reports of our "blockless" offense have been greatly exaggerated. This is as close to humor as Don Faurot got in...
Rock M Nation Jun 25, 2015

Missouri produces great receivers and pass rushers, and Gary Pinkel has taken advantage

When I'm wearing my SB Nation hat, I talk a lot about coaching hires and program building. Coaching as a whole is a rather fascinating process to me since it requires a skill set nobody in the world can completely master. The coaching profession requires a set of skills so diverse that no human being is capable of being good at everything. You are one part politician, one part tactician, one part car salesman, one part player talent scout, one part coach talent scout, and about three parts chief executive officer. The best coaches are good at a lot, but not even a Nick Saban or Urban...
Rock M Nation Jun 25, 2015

Mizzou Links: Nick Chubb's amazing, and Kim Anderson's saying no

Previewing this fall's Mizzou-Georgia game, taking a sneak peak at The Rush Brothers, and finding out what lessons Kim Anderson learned in his first year in charge of Mizzou Basketball. What's On Well, this is one-third about Mizzou... THE RUSH BROTHERS (Winner of DirecTV's NEXT GREAT AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY Competition) from Jordan Haro on Vimeo. KC Star: 'The Rush Brothers’ documentary wins contest, to be expanded into longer feature It's preview season! The Trib (Behind the Stripes): Get to Know a 2015 Opponent: GeorgiaPowerMizzou: Study Guide: Georgia Another season, another...
Rock M Nation Jun 24, 2015

Rock M Radio – Episode 35

Jack and Sam discuss Harold Brantley's future, Tigers in the pros, and Basketball CROOTIN'. In this week's podcast: Sending well-wishes to Harold Brantley. Canadian Tigers, eh? Catching up on CROOTIN'.
Rock M Nation Jun 24, 2015

Catching up with Mizzou basketball recruiting: June 2015 edition (Part 2)

MOAR RECRUITING TALKING Before we jump in make sure you read Part 1, where we filled you in on everything to do with the 2016 class to date. The post went up on Saturday and the recruiting circles have not been quiet. Things always happen fast with recruiting, a few updates on some of those recruits since my post went up on Saturday: Jamal Murray is reportedly going to announce a decision this week. All signs are pointing to Oregon, though it's thought that Kentucky is a dark horse. C.J. Walker, who had a Mizzou offer at PG, committed to Florida State over his official visit. Joshua...
Rock M Nation Jun 24, 2015

Mizzou Links: Maty Mauk's father is battling cancer

Best wishes to the Mauk family as Mike (Maty's dad) gets ready to battle colorectal cancer. Also: defensive tackle recruiting, the latest on the new softball field, and ... next year's women's basketball team is pretty loaded. What's On About a year and a half ago, Mike Mauk, Maty's dad, retired from a long career of coaching high school football in Ohio to move to Springfield. Now he's got a new battle: colorectal cancer. "I'm going to deal with it the best I can. I'm very optimistic about it, but I know there will be some difficult days ahead," Mauk said. One of Mauk's sons helped...
Rock M Nation Jun 23, 2015

A stroll down Broadway

What's new in downtown Columbia? Broadway is home to some of Columbia’s busiest businesses. As it is the epicenter of downtown, it isn’t a surprise that it welcomes some new tenants and witnesses some rearranging as the college enrollment numbers continue to rise and the food trends continue to shift. One of the newest places falls into that category: Strange Donuts, located at 1020 E. Broadway, is one of Columbia’s three new doughnut shops (the others being Harold’s Doughnuts and Dunkin Donuts, which recently made its return to Columbia). Strange Donuts opened in March and shares...
Rock M Nation Jun 23, 2015

Who wins a Mizzou football coaching staff battle royale?

Twitter's fun sometimes. Actually... That's an interesting question. Who are the top 3 Mizzou football coaches you would LEAST like to fight? — Brandon Kiley (@BKSportsTalk) June 22, 2015 Pat Ivey Barry Odom Josh Henson https://t.co/vT5PWjIUdv — Rock M Nation (@rockmnation) June 22, 2015 @rockmnation @BKSportsTalk don't sleep on Kool — Kurt Moore (@K_W_Moore) June 22, 2015 @K_W_Moore @rockmnation @BKSportsTalk yeah, I got Ivey, Odom, Kul. Almost put Odom at 1. — Bill Connelly (@SBN_BillC) June 23, 2015 @SBN_BillC @K_W_Moore @rockmnation @BKSportsTalk it was...
Rock M Nation Jun 23, 2015

Mizzou Links: Florida's still got a defense, and the hoops team has happy vibes

The offseason has been a happy one for Mizzou Basketball as it attempts the ultimate bounce back. Plus: Florida's defense is still going to be pretty scary, and South Carolina's Pharoh Cooper will need some help. What's On Kim Anderson spreads the good vibes. #Teamwork #Family #MIZ A photo posted by Mizzou Basketball (@mizzouhoops) on Jun 22, 2015 at 6:46pm PDT #Splash @kharyw A video posted by Mizzou Basketball (@mizzouhoops) on Jun 22, 2015 at 5:31pm PDT It's amazing how happy Mizzou Basketball links are making me right now. I still accept that this team...
Rock M Nation Jun 22, 2015

Harold Brantley has fractured tibia, ligament damage following car accident

UPDATE: Below is the condition of DT Harold Brantley. Thanks again for thoughts and prayers #Family #OneMizzou pic.twitter.com/dNSVAIv3yW — Mizzou Athletics (@MizzouAthletics) June 22, 2015 On Monday morning, Mizzou released a statement on the status of tackle Harold Brantley following his Sunday car accident. You can read it above. That is an impressive list of injuries, though I guess the most important part is right up top: the long-term prognosis is good. Considering the seriousness of the accident and the injury list, that's a minor miracle. Obviously he's not going to see a...
Rock M Nation Jun 22, 2015

Mizzou Links: Harold Brantley's injuries are not life-threatening

Harold The Trib: Brantley, Stock transported to hospital after car accidentPost-Dispatch: Mizzou athletes injured, one seriously, in car accident Per #Mizzou spokesman, Harold Brantley’s injuries not life threatening. At this point, no more to share, when there is, will pass it on. — Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) June 22, 2015 MIZ spokesman Chad Moller says he's happy to report Harold Brantley's injuries are not life threatening. UH says he's still in hospital. — Ashley Zavala (@ZavalaA) June 22, 2015 Sorry if it's sappy, but asking for updates on a college kid in the...
Rock M Nation Jun 21, 2015

Harold Brantley and Maddie Stock injured in car crash

Both Brantley and Stock were taken to University Hospital. Sunday afternoon, Missouri defensive lineman Harold Brantley of the football team and guard Maddie Stock of the women's basketball team were injured in a car crash on US-63. One person injured after a car swerved off Hwy 63 S and overturned just south of #CoMO via @ZavalaA pic.twitter.com/njAOjlJMXH— KRCG 13 (@KRCG13) June 21, 2015 According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Brantley, the driver, slid off the right side of the highway, struck a guardrail, and overturned. Neither athlete was wearing a seatbelt at the time of...