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Mizzou Links: Swag silliness, a Gaines scare, and Hoops going small

Mizzou's "NFL Day" brought out the silliness from players and coaches alike. Plus: Mizzou Hoops goes small and almost comes up big, E.J. Gaines has a scare, and Wrestling and Women's Hoops keep winning. What's On It was a silly weekend at the athletic complex. Good silly, not bad silly. Gary Pinkel: all gold errrrrythang. pic.twitter.com/iUSkZen3tS — David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) December 21, 2014 #Mizzou's @GaryPinkel representing his hometown of Akron at practice w/ exclusive @KingJames shoes. #GOLD #NFLDay pic.twitter.com/ugLX2lW7FQ — Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball)...
Rock M Nation Dec 20, 2014

Mizzou 59 Illinois 62 Braggin Rights Recap: Close but no cigar

In a game Mizzou played some of the best basketball of all season, it took a damn good, and lucky 3 pointer by Illinois senior Rayvonte Rice at the buzzer to seal the win. Mizzou to Illinois lost on this Rayvonte Rice buzzer beater: Illinois Rayvonte Rice hits a buzzer beater to beat #Mizzou in the Braggin Rights Game https://t.co/zr5slGYhVw— Mihir Bhagat (@MihirBhagat) December 20, 2014 Anderson said Mizzou defended final possession as they talked about during timeout. MU wanted to switch on every screen.— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) December 20, 2014 That's a tough shot and I'm not...
Rock M Nation Dec 20, 2014

Saturday live thread

Bowl season kicks off, and Braggin' Rights tips off at 1:00 p.m. CT. What are you up to? It's kind of a front-loaded slate of college sports today. What's on your docket? Rally Baby's going with one set of grandparents to see horses today, then going over to the other grandparents' house for a sleepover. That means we're free to do whatever we damn well please sit on the sofa and fall asleep for seven straight hours this afternoon. Can't wait. And if you're looking to get into the silly early bowls, a) here's my Saturday preview, and b) here's Rodger Sherman on why every bowl is...
Rock M Nation Dec 19, 2014

SEC Power Rankings Week 4

With all the bowl games announced and no football to distract you, it's time to embrace some SEC Basketball. The SEC is doing SEC things, winning good tough games and then losing headscratchers to directional colleges that no one has heard of. It truly is the season of SECBASKETBALLFEVER. The SEC so far into the non conference season is a roller coaster ride, there's no other way to describe it. You've got teams going up and down, winning games one minute then completely falling flat on their face the next.  The SEC has lost some games in spectacularly bad fashion, it's almost become...
Rock M Nation Dec 19, 2014

GOPHERS: A Citrus-flavored Q&A with The Daily Gopher pt. 1

Our sister site The Daily Gopher is home to some friendly, hospitable folks, don'tcha know? That includes the lovely JDMill, who was kind enough to answer my questions about Minnesota. Here we find the first installment of a series of Q&A pieces I'll be publishing in cahoots with the ever-knowledgeable JDMill of The Daily Gopher. We started off with three relatively basic questions for each other in this edition, and as we move closer to the bowl game we'll start to dive a bit deeper. So, let's get this shebang rolling, shall we? One of the popular narratives regarding Minnesota is how...
Rock M Nation Dec 19, 2014

The Illinois Fighting Illini, A Preview of Braggin' Rights

Previewing Missouri's next non-conference opponent, the Fighting Illini from Champaign-Urbana. In what is normally the most anticipated non-conference basketball game seems be being met with a collective meh based largely on the poor start the Tigers are off to. For others, they don't even pay attention until this game, so for those who haven't been paying attention... THE SEASON IS GOING GREAT NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT LETS TALK ABOUT ILLINOIS. Presenting the Illinois Fighting Illini location: Champaign, Illinois Illinois has a bit more an aggrandized version of "famous alumni" than the...
Rock M Nation Dec 19, 2014

Mizzou Wrestling: An Ohio Sweep and Home Duals

Beef What a weekend for the Tigers this past Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. The Tigers started their domination of the State of Ohio with a 25-18 win over the #25 Ohio Bobcats before moving down the road to Columbus to take down the #7 Buckeyes 20-19 on tie-breaking criteria. Lots of intriguing decisions and great results to work through, but what stood out the most? BST It was a damn good weekend for Mizzou. I think if I have to pick out just 1 stand out, its gotta be Drake Houdashelt. The Sr. decisioned #8 Claxton of Ohio 6-3 and followed that up with a 1st period pin of #3...
Rock M Nation Dec 19, 2014

Mizzou Links: A JUCO end for the Tigers, and some handshakes for MU hall-of-famers

JUCO end Marcell Frazier becomes the 14th member of Missouri's 2015 recruiting class, and a trio of former Tiger football stars (Chase Daniel, Jeremy Maclin, Chase Coffman) join the Missouri athletics hall of fame. What's On How about a happy Braggin' Rights memory? And when you're done with that, how about some Marcell Frazier highlights? Who's this entertaining speed rusher, you ask? Mizzou's latest commitment. Marcell Frazier commits Frazier becomes the under-the-radarest under-the-radar member of the 2015 recruiting class (and the 14th commitment overall) with his Thursday night...
Rock M Nation Dec 18, 2014

Rock M Radio – Episode 12

Jack and Sam discuss the loss of Dave Steckel, football crootin', and preview the Braggin' Rights game with Jim Vainisi of The Champaign Room. In this week's podcast: Lighting MORE things on fire The Defensive Coordinator search Looking ahead to Braggin' Rights with Jim Vainisi of The Champaign Room CROOTIN'
Rock M Nation Dec 18, 2014

In Depth: How Mizzou came up short against Xavier (using gifs)

How Mizzou went from in the game to out of the game, personified by offensive plays. Please be patient, full possession gifs are kind of loading slowly. After the Wrap-Up yesterday, I hope many of you feel somewhat better, cleansed even, of the Xavier loss. If you aren't, well, this is a good opportunity to wallow a little more. If you are, let's open that wound again. The fun part of this exercise is that there were equally good and bad possessions during the stretch. Missouri took some very good shots, and shot themselves in the foot. At halftime of the game, Missouri had crawled back to...
Rock M Nation Dec 18, 2014

Mizzou Links: Shane Ray becomes Missouri's latest consensus All-American

Shane Ray becomes Missouri's second consensus All-American in two years (well, Michael Sam was unanimous, but you know what I'm saying...), JUCO lineman Malik Cuellar signs with Mizzou, and opponents now have film on Jakeenan Gant. Cuellar signs Welcome to the #Mizzou Football Family Malik Cuellar! http://t.co/kHitpejAKk GP #MizzouMade pic.twitter.com/ZXBzyyK8mC — Coach Gary Pinkel (@GaryPinkel) December 17, 2014 GaryPinkel.com: Mizzou Made: Malik Cuellar That's one... Award season continues Congrats Shane Ray! Now a Consensus 1st Team All-American! He earned 1st Team by the...
Rock M Nation Dec 17, 2014

Mizzou Hoops Wrap-Up, Game 10: Xavier

Mizzou fought and scrapped and still lost by double digits. How does this team move forward? Ten games in is basically 1/3 of the season. There's been enough action at this point that we can very easily ascertain what this team does and doesn't do well. If you've watched the games, you know the roster, you know the talent, you know the strengths and weaknesses. The next third for this team is where we figure out if they (and for that matter, us) are going to be beaten down for the rest of the season, or if we're going to watch this young team figure some things out. The next 10 games are...
Rock M Nation Dec 17, 2014

Mizzou Links: Barry Odom could be coming home, and Sean Culkin's too good-looking

Barry Odom is the rumored leader for Missouri's vacant defensive coordinator position, Shane Ray adds another (second-team) All-American honor to the list, and Sean Culkin's too good-looking to be accepted as an offensive lineman. What's On Bowl swag photo gallery! Odom in the lead? The Trib (Behind the Stripes): Odom emerges as candidate for Missouri DC jobMemphis Commerical Appeal: Tigers likely to lose defensive coordinator Odom to Mizzou Memphis defensive coordinator Barry Odom – who has worked wonders with the Tiger defense in his three seasons – likely will be leaving. It’s...
Rock M Nation Dec 16, 2014

Catching Up On Mizzou Basketball Recruiting: It's Still 2014 Edition

Not much has happened over the last month or two, but let's recap what has happened since our last big recruiting post. Since our last post, National Signing day happened. And probably until the end of the basketball season I'm going to keep these posts focused on the 2015 class.  Last time around we used a graphic that looked like this: Since that list, a lot has happened. Here is the summary: Kevin Puryear signed his Letter of Intent with Missouri Cullen VanLeer signed his Letter of Intent with Missouri Isaiah Briscoe spurned Missouri to sign with an unheralded Kentucky...
Rock M Nation Dec 16, 2014

Citrus Bowl practice reports: Unfinished business for Shane Ray

Shane Ray is three tackles for loss away from the Mizzou season record, Jimmie Hunt is doing too good a job of breaking open deep, and Mizzou has submitted four underclassmen for NFL evaluation. Granted, bowl practice reports were hijacked by a sudden defensive coordinator search, but there have still been plenty of interesting non-Steckel articles from the last few days as Missouri prepares to take on Minnesota. The Trib (Behind the Stripes): MU Notes: The "Surrounded by Great People" edition * Sasser said Hunt has been working the scramble drill especially well over the past four games,...
Rock M Nation Dec 16, 2014

Mizzou Links: D'Angelo Allen knows his role, and Ryan Rosburg has Tiger blood

PowerMizzou has tracked down some of this week's MIzzou official visitors. Plus: D'Angelo Allen has found his role, and Ryan Rosburg has Mizzou in his blood. What's On Basketball things! More basketball: The Missourian: D'Angelo Allen: a rare freshman who has found his role for Missouri basketball "My coach always told me, ‘Don’t do nothing you ain’t comfortable doing, always play your role, do what you can do to help the team,'" Allen said. "So that’s what I do. I bring hustle, energy and whatever it takes, what Coach tells me to do. If it’s take my body, throw it into...
Rock M Nation Dec 15, 2014

2015 Missouri football recruiting: Opportunities available at defensive end, safety

Missouri is in the running for quite a few high-caliber defensive linemen who might be able to break into the rotation as newcomers in 2015. Last week, we took a look at Missouri's returning offensive personnel and where the Tigers' depth chart could be most quickly affected by the 2015 recruiting class. Now let's do the same for defense. Granted, the biggest defensive question has nothing to do with recruiting and everything to do with who will be the new defensive coordinator, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. Defensive End Returning Starters: none Other Returnees (3):...
Rock M Nation Dec 15, 2014

Mizzou Links: A new challenge for Stec, a good weekend for wrestling

Dave Steckel takes a pay cut to become a head coach, Michael Sam is still not in the NFL, and Mizzou Wrestling had one hell of a weekend. What's On How about the greatest high school highlight video you'll ever see? Giddy up The Trib (Behind the Stripes): Steckel named head coach at Missouri StatePost-Dispatch: Steckel leaves Mizzou for Missouri StateThe Missourian: Missouri coordinator Dave Steckel named next head coach at Missouri State, will make $270KPowerMizzou: Stec leaves for Missouri State This, by the way, is my favorite/least favorite Twitter post of the...
Rock M Nation Dec 14, 2014

Dave Steckel is now Missouri State's head coach; move 'em up and move 'em over

#MSUBears President @ClifSmart has just announced that the program's 20th head football coach will be Dave Steckel. Welcome @Coach_Stec! — Missouri State Bears (@MissouriStBears) December 14, 2014 Dave Steckel is your new MSU football coach. pic.twitter.com/VyPilvpFG9 — Megan Rice (@MRice_Sports) December 14, 2014 Seeing reports that Steckel agreed to five-year deal with base salary of $270K. Was making $600K at Missouri — Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) December 14, 2014 Missouri St. AD Kyle Moats on Dave Steckel: "His reputation within the industry is impeccable. A new...
Rock M Nation Dec 14, 2014

Study Hall: Xavier 74, Missouri 58

Good minutes vs. bad minutes. Your Trifecta: Gant-J3-Allen. Your Season Trifecta: J3 13, Teki 11 points, Shamburger 11, Clark nine, Wright six, Gant three, Allen three, Rosburg two, Isabell one, Post one. This team isn't consistently good or bad at anything, really. It's certainly been a while since we saw consistently strong rebounding, I grant you. But ball control has been a strength and weakness, 3-point shooting has been a strength and weakness, 3-point defense has been a strength and weakness ... getting to the line ... stepping into passing lanes ... in the first 10 games (12...