20 years of coaching including D1. Now own a small business. Volunteer scientist for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Paxutent Center, USGeological survey. I'm working on summiting a large sample of the Western Hemisphere's highest peaks. In the 48 states I've now been on top of 23 of Colorado and Utah's highest. Have also summited several peaks in Ecuador, Puerto Rico, and had a very comfortable night on the flank of an active volcano. Life is good. Never stop being an athlete/scholar. Always appreciate the endeavors of others to make the earth better appreciated and understood. I believe God Blesses us daily with uncountable miracles. I believe in prayer and gratitude. I think it is a great challenge of humanity to understand human suffering as well as our miraculous Blessings. Being human therefore is like being on one great team and having to train/work every day to perform our role.

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some people think that the ranking of college football teams goes like this: #1 thru #127 are all the FBS teams, then #127 thru #xxx all the FCS, then the NCAA division 2 programs, then the NCAA division 3 programs, etc., etc. etc. (NAIA). This is nonsense, because all these programs are composed of good athletes with the same age and experience profiles. Furthermore great coaches are spread out all over the division map. If the Jackrabbits really are the #10 FCS team in the nation, we should have expected them to have some success... even against Missouri. This game is easy to sum up. Pinkel's defensive philosophy requires taking the ball away and allow yardage before giving up big plays. The pass defense is always going to appear soft in certain games by design. Offensive is a matter of skill in Pinkel-world, Missouri's offense is always going to grow game by game as their skills are fine tuned. Anyone who expected them to score 49 doesn't know Tiger-ball. Anyone who expected them to score 60 doesn't know that Pinkel never runs up the score as a point of character. Anyone who thinks they will crush Toledo is just not living in the real world. Missouri will fight and scratch and be persistent and will pull away from Toledo 2nd quarter or 2nd half because Toledo is good and Missouri is teaching a whole new group of starters to have Tiger-skills
I already knew but learned more about why SC and aTm are good again in 2014 I already knew but learned more about why how West Virginia is rebuilding to fit the tougher than last conference, big 12-4+2 I learned that BB at Ark is still a system question mark I learned to wear an insulated rain suit instead of hoisting a tall umbrella at a Florida game. I suspected that Georgia would bring back a system with more than one bump and grinder and they did. This is a bigger story than Gurley becoming a candidate for a dead by tainted winners award. I knew but enjoyed as much as ever that LSU will be one of the last members of the conference to ever give up before the final whistle in a non-conference game. All the Tigers in this conference are living up to their mascot's aura. I learned that Mississippi is good again this year and already knew that this hope was not going to be riding on Wallace I learned I still like Dak just as much I learned you cannot get college football at every saloon in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. I already knew that Gary Pinkel does a great job of picking tough pre-season games that allow new young players to learn to perform at top college levels. And I already knew that the media paints all non FBS teams with too broad a crayon. I learned that Missouri has a s steadily improving secondary again and that they how they are going to grab Wilson's baton
I am sick about the Jackrabbit qb injury, this in God's ear that he recovers 100% and fast. Not a single play of this game was boring, Both teams had potential record setter's out there. Among Missouri exciting performers today: Murph, Hansborough, Mauk, Pen, White (and the whole receiving corp), the O-line, the turnover makers, the sackers, a secondary with a higher upside than 2013
From Missouri, good job Dawgs, Any media that said Clemson was going to win this was just not looking at the two rosters objectively.
Chris, pretty good story. Remember however, Mauk has been about spreading the game deeper than Franklin since his first day on campus. He is not in the starting job to break Missouri's consecutive pass completion record (that might be Printz's job). What is the FCS? are those athletes also 18 to 24 year olds men?, just like the FBS. Smart football watchers noticed the EXECUTION today not the division it came from. The Jackrabbits deserve respect from the SEC media for their performance today... not discounting. A huge issue today should have been noted in the stats of ALL the running backs that played AND THE ONES THAT DID NOT PLAY. It's just not accurate to crown Murphy king no matter how much we liked what his part today. The media has said over and over and over again that Missouri cannot replace it's 2013 receivers, and in the first game Missouri already demonstrated that White is another one of those great receiver possibilities. The whole receiving unit showed up and showed promise. All we can say about the defense is that they did some of the same things that won the East 2013 but like the offense, they have to get better every week, just like last year.
South Carolina and aTm are always SEC members we can be proud of. As a Missouri SEC follower, I want the East to win every game but I knew the media should have been saying this game could go aTm's way. South Carolina is still a top ten team but read this media, "aTm is never going to be a team you can just write off before the first game of the year is played. aTm is doing what the SEC, as a league, wanted them to do... they not only bring a Texas political faction to the SEC, they are bringing a huge part of the State of Texas to the SEC. So the SEC really is getting close to all of the football interest from new States Texas and Missouri. Having said that both South Carolina and aTm could win out from this point on (except for that Missouri game).
from Missouri, Good job LSU. Wisconsin has had an unsupported "legends-in-their-own-minds" attitude for way too long, demonstrated today. LSU as a contrast, looked simply determined to show Wisconsin that they are not LSU and to show the Big 10 that they are not the SEC.
if you look at the reports from the last scrimmage, the offense won that, here is the brief summary. The offense won, and the defense looked like a national contender. If anyone should be excited about a group of unknown less than 5 star challengers, it should be Missouri fans. Not even in the years where Missouri's line dominated everybody did the football nation see them coming. Mauk for player of the year and a better than last year profile of team statistics.
and although Indiana didn't win the big 10 last year some of their wins and scores hint at a program that might have a break out run for the title in the near future. The potent offense is going to be the wedge.
I think Missouri's pass defense is on a steep curve upward (and needed to be). The linebacker situation (coaching and execution) needs to be the next squad to change their tiger stripes. The defensive line will be more versatile and better, but might not be as sack prolific,or forced fumble expert. On offense hold on to your tiger tails, every part of the offense will be better over all, except taking more risks and turning the ball over slightly more. The rushing yards will be even more balanced and higher ypg than last year.
ranked too high by this poll: Alabama,Oregon, UCLA,Michigan State, Ohio State,Stanford, Southern California,Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Washington, North Carolina,Arizona State,Florida. ranked too low by this poll:Auburn,Georgia,aTm, Missouri
another good one
your crackin me up here
i'll try to polish that up for you next time, grin
glad to see him on it, I think he has some basic good quarterback qualities like quick decision and release that move him up the list. so many quarterbacks get over-rated. I like Missouri and to a lesser extent Auburn in the quarterback position also. I'm sure we will see some new effective faces in this position 2014.
I have to laugh at the concept of "What are arrests for" it's funny no matter how you feel about this story, thanks Bing.
right, because Clemson's record combined with strength of schedule has been hidden from us over the years. Big laugh.
I have to agree with your concept, can you break ranks with the all too common Arkansas-hate-everyone-else attitude. Because if you could write this with some class and grace you would even have some Missouri fans with you.
Do you have an inside track on that stat? Because last time I read up on this the distribution is fairly consistent. I know you were just trying to be clever but trying to make a joke out of that story is by it nature, impossible to be clever (or funny), and impossible to not make you look, to be kind, ... the opposite of funny.
This statistic just doesn't pass the eye test. Just look at how rough some other football programs appear. Then add Missouri's #1 Academic Performance Rate. There is no way this is accurate. 1 arrest is too many however, so I'm in favor of Missouri treating every arrest situation with the proper gravity. Here is a classic question: Dorial Green Beckham, 1st gets arrested for being with 2 other potheads across across the street from the dorm next to the stadium. He doesn't get charged with anything because all agree that the pot found was not his and he wasn't using it. 2nd He gets arrested in Springfield, Missouri same situation with only one other person, he does not get charged with anything. 3rd he goes over to his girlfriends house to get some of his own property, gets arrested, but again nobody involved believes he should be charged with anything. So I guess arrests don't tell the whole story. That is 20% of Missouri's arrests by itself. So at least 40% of those arrested were dismissed, they're gone. And we all know that's not true in some other programs.