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What Missouri brings to the SEC East

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The 2012 SEC Football schedule was released today and Kentucky will travel to play Mizzou for the first time since 1965. Missouri brings their incredible tradition and passionate fans to the conference. But what else can we expect? 

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A clumsy mascot. On Monday, Missouri mascot Truman the Tiger dropped the Indepenence Bowl trophy before the team got a chance to hoist it after their win over UNC. Truman was taking a picture before the game with the trophy, it slipped and the top portion shattered. Luckily, there was a jeweler close by that was able to replace it and Truman was off the hook.

An outstanding football team.  Mizzou will fit right in the SEC when it comes to football. Under current head coach Gary Pinkel, Mizzou has made a bowl game in seven consecutive years.  Pinkel has an 85-54 record during his tenure at Missouri and most notably won the 2008 BCS Cotton Bowl over the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Tigers recently topped North Carolina 41-24 in the Insight Bowl ending a two year skid in bowl games.

 Being an SEC school in the midwest will also give Missouri the upper hand in the recruiting in states like Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri. Kids can stay close to home but face the top competition in the nation while doing it. Here’s a look at Mizzou’s 2012 SEC football schedule:

MISSOURI
Sept. 8: GEORGIA
Sept. 22: at South Carolina
Oct. 6: VANDERBILT
Oct. 13: ALABAMA
Oct. 27: KENTUCKY
Nov. 3: at Florida
Nov. 10: at Tennessee
Nov. 24: at Texas A&M

A tougher basketball schedule. Mizzou has consistently been one of the top basketball programs in the last couple of years. They are coming off of a 78-74 win over No. 25 Illinois and are currently ranked 8th in the nation, higher than any other SEC school besides Kentucky. They can attribute their recent success to former coach and now Arkansas coach Mike Anderson who was hired in 2006. Anderson, who took over a Missouri team that was coming off of a number of recruiting violations, led the Tigers to the NCAA tournament in his last three years as head coach including an Elite eight appearance in 2009. Frank Haith, former head coach at the University of Miami, was hired to replace Anderson and has not lost a game yet during his tenure (9-0). With the addition of Missouri to the SEC East it will not only help the Wildcat’s RPI -a plus for NCAA tournament seeding – but also increase the level of competition that Kentucky will see before March Madness.

A different atmosphere. Kentucky hasn’t traveled to play Missouri since 1965 and you can bet there will be a ton of blue in the stadium on October 27th to welcome the Tigers to the SEC. Columbia is an outstanding Midwestern city and quite the contrast from cities such as Athens or Knoxville. Columbia, MO, or CoMo as the locals call it, is known as a traditional college town and is dubbed by some as College Town, USA. It is also the halfway point between St. Louis and Kansas City, which is also a great opportunity to do more sight-seeing while in town for a UK game.

 

The SEC found a perfect fit in terms of up and coming sports programs to add to the conference. Missouri is becoming one the programs that are competing in every major sport and not focusing on just one. SEC fans should be excited to have Mizzou because the competition just got better.

…Just keep Truman the Tiger away from the trophy cases.

Article written by Rashawn Franklin

23 Comments for What Missouri brings to the SEC East



  1. Hookedoncats
    2:01 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Another team to beat down.



  2. Nassau65
    2:03 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    c’mon man, you can do better than that pix——–think texas A & M picture.
    I have faith in ya.



  3. Nassau65
    2:04 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    you can do it!



  4. Gingervitis
    2:04 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    So this jeweler just happened to have a spare glass football trophy?



  5. rob
    2:14 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Question: which SEC schools are in states that border Kentucky?
    Answer: Tennessee, Vandy, Missou.



  6. Andy
    2:18 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    1????? Really???



  7. thosedamnyankees
    2:27 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Hmmm… they also bring THIS:
    >>The Missouri Tigers athletics programs include the extramural and intramural sports teams of the University of Missouri, located in Columbia, Missouri, United States. The name comes from a band of armed guards called the Missouri Tigers who, in 1864, protected Columbia from Confederate guerrillas during the Civil War.[1]<<
    (From Wiki)

    Now that’s some bull **** RAT THAR.



  8. RUPPS_rhetoric
    2:41 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Since when is the Cotton Bowl a BCS bowl?

  9. A great opportunity for sight-seeing? Mizzou may be a good addition to the SEC, but Rashawn, I’ve driven that trek between St. Louis & KC on I-70, and there is NOTHING to see, a very boring drive. Granted, I haven’t actually been in the town of Columbia, so I have no opinion there. The one reprieve is that there are plenty of Bob Evans Restaurants to eat at along the way.



  10. Nassau65
    2:55 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    I wonder



  11. greg
    2:56 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Now, add Kansas and Oklahoma State and make this a great football AND basketball conference.



  12. #Rise
    3:05 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    I used to live in MO and have close ties to the Mizzou program. I even been to quite few of their games in Columbia. My take is that they have a great football atmosphere with great fan support. There Basketball team is good but they never fill their basketball arena. I always rooted for Mizzou and UK but I guess that is out of question now. Mizzou shirts are going to goodwill. Also..#9 you actually have to get off the interstate to enjoy Missouri.



  13. Mo Mike
    3:24 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Missouri has not been one of the top bball programs for years. They had a run in the mid-90’s but have underachieved at best. the Quin Snyder years are best to be forgotten and the recent success with Mike Anderson offers hope. Other than being a tough venue to play, UK should feast on them like KU has for the past couple of decades.



  14. Mo Mike
    3:38 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    #Rise brings up a good point. The only games where the arena is packed is for tough conference games (mainly KU) and an occaisional big time non-conference game (which is few and far between). It’s disappointing considering the success Coach Anderson had and the early success Coach Haith has had.



  15. STLBetaNu1771
    3:52 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    One thing to keep in mind, with the game @ Mizzou in Oct…the locals claim that Mizzou started the tradition of “Homecoming” and with that, take extra pride in their annual Homecoming Football Game. They’ve already announced UK as their homecoming game. So while you can expect a TON of Blue (myself included) to be in Columbia that weekend, also expect for tailgate spots and tickets to be hard to come by.



  16. CATFANDAN
    4:06 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Mizzou will fit right in the SEC when it comes to football!!…Wouldn’t it be nice if KENTUCKY(a charter member)fans could say that about our fb program???



  17. CATFANDAN
    4:20 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    “Missouri will fit right in the SEC when it comes to football”..WOW…Wouldn’t it be nice if KENTUCKY(a charter member) fans could proudly say that about our football team…..



  18. Terry
    4:41 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Another football loss



  19. rockatao
    4:47 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    UK won that game in 1965. I was there.



  20. Nassau65
    5:48 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    just checkin

  21. 12, In all fairness, I should have mentioned that I’ve been to Hannibal and it’s a very nice town.



  22. STL.cat
    6:24 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    as a resident of missouri myself, cannot wait for mizzou to join the SEC. gives me a nice close kentucky game to attend when they travel there and gives me a chance to brag to my friends when we beat them.



  23. stonesox
    9:18 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    at the risk of sounding negative, I see at best 3 wins next year and I’m being optimistic