With only a week and a day separating us from the retail industry's biggest return day of the year, I thought I'd pass along some links on this fine Friday:
Missouri will be without J.T. Tiller at home against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday, after the senior guard was served a one-game suspension by head coach Mike Anderson.
Tiller was arrested early Thursday morning on a warrant for failing to appear in court for an outstanding speeding ticket.
Speaking of MU hoops, women players Amanda Hanneman and Jessra Johnson—both of whom were arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault at an off-campus party on Nov. 11 and subsequently suspended—were reinstated by head coach Cindy Stein on Wednesday.
Stein's decision to reinstate Hanneman and Johnson, MU's top two scorers, occurred one day after Boone County prosecutors decided not to pursue criminal charges in the case.
Playing host to a number of high-profile recruits (need Power Mizzou subscription to view) for the second consecutive weekend, head coach Gary Pinkel and his staff have a chance to further enhance a 2010 class that is currently ranked No. 18 in the country , according to recruiting Web site Rivals.com.
Prior to last weekend, when the Tigers received verbal commitments from three players—including visitors QB Tyler Gabbert and RB Marcus Murphy—Missouri's upcoming class stood at No. 42, according to Rivals.
Griffin also incites an interesting debate about whether the Big 12 is bound to struggle to come up with some nominees for the award over the next few seasons.
Far be it from me to challenge the subjectivity of a national writer, but I thought it a bit monotonous that ESPN.com columnist—and MU alum—Pat Forde would play up the whole tired "We got disrespected by the bowls again" angle when determining whether Missouri or Navy is happier to be going to Houston for the Texas Bowl.
Yeah, MU got racked for the third season in a row, but I guarantee you players and staff aren't exactly sad about not facing a Big Ten middle-of-the-roader like Minnesota in the Insight Bowl. Granted, Navy is limited in its prestige, but Minnesota is like the C-sectioned stripper who dances on the corner stage for that one creepy guy at two o'clock in the afternoon. I'll let you draw your own comparisons.
As if the chance to beat a noteworthy team from a BCS conference wasn't motivation enough for Navy against Missouri, it turns out the Midshipmen have a chance to tie a school-record with their 10th win of the season.
That is definitely something we want to do," Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo said earlier this week. "We want to finish off the right way and send our seniors out in style."
You may gag at the sight of more content regarding Missouri and the Big Ten, but toss in the opinion of a too-overly-concerned local politician , and you got yourself full projectile vomit.
And if you thought the topic has been overworked, you're right. And you can find affirmation here , here , and most deliciously of all, via this video (and yes, that's MU alum, former winner of that ESPN SportsCenter anchor contest thingy, and current Big Ten Network talking head Mike Hall ).
I sure as hell didn't. And I'm sure those NBC executives, who seemingly have ND officials by the testicles, didn't either.
Lastly, we pay homage to St. Louis Post-Dispatch writer Vahe Gregorian, who not only provides outstanding coverage of MU football and basketball, but recently outlined the most notable moments in Missouri athletics over the past decade.