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Missouri’s Pinkel Stuck In Coaching Hell Thanks To WR Green-Beckham

Gary PinkelDorial Green-Beckham won’t be charged in connection with a Sunday morning break-in at the apartment of three women.

So much for the good news.

The talented Missouri wideout has been as big a problem off the field as he has been a star on it during his brief tenure in Columbia.  Tall, rangy and fast on the gridiron.  Mercurial, troublesome and a lightning rod for trouble in everyday life.

Green-Beckham is currently suspended indefinitely from the Mizzou team.  It’s the third time he’s been suspended.  The first two came after a pair of drug-related arrests in 2012 and then in January.  This one, while no charges are going to be filed, is more troubling.

The women involved in this week’s break-in have decided not to press charges.  One of the women claimed she was “afraid of being harassed and having her property damaged just because she was the victim.”  Victim of what, you say?  The incident report says Green-Beckham forced his way into an apartment, shoved a female causing her to “fall down at least four stairs.  A text from his girlfriend after the fact suggested she had also been grabbed and dragged by the neck.

The female who was shoved had a bruised and swollen wrist when police arrived.

The girlfriend refused to help police, claiming that she hadn’t seen or heard anything.  But her text messages to another victim — begging her not to press charges — were entered into evidence.  One said:

 

“I agree that something should be done — whether that’s paying for what he did with money or a different way … Now he’s hurting my friends not just me.  I really am so sorry you’re in this position and I never meant for this to happen.”

 

The girlfriend told her friend that filing charges would ruin Green-Beckham’s career and “football is really all he has going for him.”

Green-Beckham is already on his third chance.  Physical violence — towards women, no less — is a step up in criminal behavior, whether the women were too scared to press charges or not.  Considering the bad press the Missouri football program received in January with relation to an alleged sexual assault on an MU swimmer, there’s little reason to allow Green-Beckham to continue to represent the University in its highest-profile sport.

Ah, but that “little reason” to keep him around is his physical ability.  Green-Beckham figures to be a big part of the Tigers’ push for another East Division title and bowl game this fall.  Which leaves Gary Pinkel — the man Green-Beckham keeps ignoring — in one hell of a fix.

Green-Beckham was one of the top players in the country when he signed with Pinkel’s program.  Fans love his on-field talents.  If he’s still on the team this fall you can bet he’ll be cheered on adoringly by 60,000+ screaming Tiger fans.  This is college football after all.

And while some might support a decision by Pinkel to rid his squad of a player who is clearly a troubled young man, let Mizzou lose a game or two this fall and the head coach would receive zero credit for doing what’s right.  That’s not how the game works.  There are no free passes, even when they’re deserved.

But what’s right is to boot Green-Beckham.  He’s had numerous chances to clean himself up.  Instead, he continues to hurt himself, the University of Missouri’s reputation, Pinkel’s program and — most importantly — at least two women this past Sunday morning.  One of them decided not to press charges because she “was afraid of the media and community backlash.”  Pinkel needs to say “to hell with the community backlash” and do what’s right by the school.  If Green-Beckham were a walk-on he’d have never been given chances two and three.  There would certainly be no discussion about him possibly receiving a fourth chance.

But because he gave his star receiver a third chance, Pinkel now sits in Coaching Hell.  Damned if he does boot one of his best players; damned if he doesn’t boot a player who appears to be a Class A thug.

Update: DGB dismissed from the team.

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Like Sands Through The Hourglass, Tennessee/Martin Soap Opera Goes On And On

cuonzo-question mark copyOn Sunday it appeared as though Cuonzo Martin would be leaving Tennessee for Marquette.  On Monday it appeared that the only delay was a clause in Martin’s contract that would see his buyout for leaving drop by $1.3 million at midnight this morning.  Right after midnight this morning… that all went out the window.

Martin is staying at Tennessee.  For now.  Might he still wind somewhere else?  Wake Forest is reportedly closing in on Tulsa’s Danny Manning, but there is reportedly some interest in Martin as well.  The Boston College job remains open (despite an earlier version of this piece tying Jay Wright to BC… as we forgot it was April F’n Fools Day).

Either way, how the Martin situation went from sure departure to sorta/kinda staying is the topic of the day in hoops circles.  We believe there are a few possibilities:

 

1.  Marquette decided to go in another direction.  That one’s doubtful because everyone — and we’re talking everyone — said the MU job was Martin’s to take.  From ESPN to sources on the ground inside the University of Tennessee athletic department, a Martin/Marquette marriage was in the cards.  So yes, this has all the hallmarks of a face-saving move by the coach, but we’re told that’s most definitely not the deal.

2.  Tennessee ponied up a nice raise and extension.  It doesn’t sound like that’s the case, either.  Martin and athletic director Dave Hart met twice on Monday.  It has been reported/rumored that UT didn’t offer Martin much of anything to stay.  A very vocal chunk of the Vol fanbase wants Martin and his 19+ wins per year gone.  If he returns to Knoxville we’ll someday know what he received, if anything, for doing so, but for now it doesn’t appear that Hart wooed him back with cash.

3.  Martin got cold feet after examining Marquette and talking to others.  This one seems a bit more likely.  Marquette has a new president.  They have an interim AD.  There’s turmoil and flux in MU’s administration.  And Martin has been through enough of that at Tennessee.  He took the Knoxville gig not knowing if the school would be crushed with NCAA sanctions.  Then the man who hired him was fired and he wound up working for Hart who allowed him to twist in the wind all season.  It’s typical in these situations for a potential coach to call a school’s ex-coach for some reconnaissance.  Buzz Williams left Marquette for Virginia Tech.  That’s telling.  So it’s very much possible that Martin might’ve been scared away from the Marquette gig by Williams himself.  Don’t sleep on this possibility.

4.  Martin wanted to stick around for the kids he recruited.  Yes, by all accounts Martin is a good guy, a stand-up guy.  But coaches move.  It’s part of the business.  Martin left players and recruits at Missouri State when he took the Tennessee job.  While we have no doubt he loves his players and vice versa, we think it’s doubtful that Martin would stay in what’s becoming a pretty nasty situation just out of loyalty to his players.

 

Whatever the reason for Martin’s decision to stay, Tennessee once again finds itself in the middle of a soap opera.  The Volunteer fanbase has been dealing with one issue after another since the end of the Phillip Fulmer era.  Losing seasons.  Coaching turnover.  NCAA issues.

All that together has helped to split the fanbase into factions and those factions are only going to get louder next season if Martin is still in Knoxville.  The pro-Martin crowd will defend the coach saying he deserves better treatment than he’s received.  The anti-Martin crowd will scream, “I told you so” with every missed free throw.

Since launching this site in 2008, Tennessee has given us more chaos to cover than any other school in the SEC.  Martin is UT’s sixth football or basketball coach in that short span alone.  So it’s no wonder we look at this situation and say, “Only at Tennessee.”  Where else would there be so much debate over a coach whose win total has increased every year and who just took his team to within two points of the Elite Eight?

Like sands through the hourglass…

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SEC A 3-Bid League At Best After This Weekend

gfx-by-the-numbersAs far as the NCAA Tournament bubble goes, this past weekend was one big ol’ needle for the SEC.  The league’s two top candidates to join locks Florida and Kentucky in the big dance both fell and fell hard on the road.

From an RPI perspective, Missouri’s loss at Alabama (RPI 94) was its worst defeat of the season.  The Tigers’ own RPI dropped to 43rd.  Meanwhile, Tennessee continued its yo-yo act losing at Texas A&M (RPI 133).  Making matters worse — A&M upset the Vols in Knoxville earlier in the season to pull the season sweep.

It’s unlikely, but this could be the year that the 14-team SEC bottoms out with just two NCAA invites.  Yes, it’s that bad.

Below we’ve run the numbers for the nine SEC squads that could still wind up with at least an 11-7 record inside the league.  Now, we don’t believe anyone outside of Florida and Kentucky — who are already there — will actually get to 11 league wins, but for the sake of argument and comparison, that’s who we’ve included in this exercise.

Using much of the same information the selection committee will use, see how many of these SEC dossiers look tourney-worthy to you…

 

  School   UF   UK   MU   UT   ARK   LSU   UM   VU   UGA
  Overall Rec.   25-2   21-6   19-8   15-11   18-9   16-10   16-11   15-11   15-11
  SEC Rec.   14-0   11-3   7-7   7-7   7-7   7-7   7-7   7-7   9-5
  RPI   3   14   43   57   66   67   78   83   85
  SOS   19   12   60   15   75   64   73   71   74
  Avg RPI W   117   115   137   145   173   155   175   166   164
  Avg RPI L   18   36   46   54   54   72   64   70   80
  Non-Con Rec.   11-2   10-3   12-1   8-4   11-2   9-3   9-4   8-4   6-6
  Non-Con RPI Avg.   117   101   152   138   182   162   162   160   167
  Road Rec.   8-2   5-3   3-5   2-7   2-5   2-7   4-6   3-6   3-6
  Neutral Rec.   2-0   1-2   3-1   2-1   1-2   2-1   2-0   2-1   0-3
  Vs RPI 1-50   5-2   3-4   1-2   1-5   2-5   3-3   1-5   1-4   1-5
  Vs RPI 100+   11-0   8-0   10-0   8-2   11-1   11-2   12-1   11-2   10-4
  Remain. Gms RPI 1-50   1   1   0   1   1   1   0   1   1
  Best W   1   26   12   15   14   14   43   43   43
  Worst L   30   67   94   113   113   167   207   171   176

 

Yeesh.

Missouri is better than Tennessee in just about every category so the Tigers currently have the inside track on a third SEC bid.  But an RPI of 43 — matched with an #60 strength of schedule — is no guarantee of a spot on the dance floor.  Plus, UT and MU will square off in Knoxville in both squads’ regular-season finale.  If the Vols win that one it might not push Cuonzo Martin’s team into the tourney, but it could nudge Frank Haith’s team out.

We’ve pointed to Georgia several times this season as being a bad news team for the SEC.  The Dawgs still are.  Mark Fox’s team went 6-6 in their non-conference portion of the season.  That against an non-conference slate with an average RPI of just 167.  Yet the Bulldogs have gone 9-5 inside the league and have won five of their last six games.

For the record, the SEC’s current RPI rank as a league #7.

Florida and Kentucky are locks.  Missouri is ahead of everyone else.  And the SEC is a three-bid league at best as we it.

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After Penn State, Would The NCAA Get Involved With Alleged Rape Charges At Missouri?

honest-opinionBy now you know of the ESPN “Outside The Lines” story detailing how a former Missouri swim team member alleged that she was raped by a Tiger football player and then spiraled downward until finally she committed suicide.  You probably also know that a friend of Sasha Menu Courey — former Mizzou receiver Rolandis Woodland — claims that he was emailed a tape of the incident — which has since been lost — by Menu Courey showing that three Missouri players raped her after a night of drinking in 2010.

You know that no one to date has presented evidence that University of Missouri officials knew of the allegations before Menu Courey’s death; that ESPN reported that school officials didn’t pursue the allegations or inform police when they did learn of the claims after Menu Courey’s death; that MU called ESPN’s reporting “skewed and flawed;” and that Missouri finally alerted police to the incident on Saturday night (a day after the ESPN report).

Yesterday it was learned that Missouri president Tim Wolfe is calling for “outside independent counsel” to investigate the matter.  For those wanting more on the reaction from the Missouri campus and from Menu Courey’s parents you can find that here and here.  And if you’re looking for a brief overview of the case, you can find that here.

While there appear to be plenty of knowns when it comes to this sad tale, there are many more unknowns.  Did anyone inside the football offices know of the claims?  Did anyone inside the athletic department know of the situation?  Why didn’t MU officials turn things over to the police the minute they did know something?

And for the biggie — Will the NCAA get involved in this matter?

First, we’re not in favor of Mark Emmert sticking his organization’s big nose into matters of campus crime.  We were among the few who criticized the NCAA for getting involved with what looked like a lynch mob at Penn State back in Summer 2012.  But get involved Emmert and his crew did, slamming the Nittany Lion football program for not reporting to police that some PSU employees had suspicions that former assistant Jerry Sandusky had been raping boys.

As we said at the time, the Sandusky case was a matter for law enforcement and had absolutely nothing to do with athletics, which had been — up until the Penn State case — the NCAA’s purview.

So now it appears that Missouri officials — depending on whose story you believe — knew of the rape allegations against one or more football players but did not turn over that information to the police.  Where, then, do Emmert and his team of NCAA do-gooders stand on this?

If an independent investigation finds that MU leaders knew of the allegations and ignored them will the NCAA step in?  What if it’s learned that the school only knew about the allegations after Menu Courey’s death — as appears to be the case — and still decided not to report it?  Will the timeline of events impact the NCAA’s decision to get involved?  Will the fact that the alleged victim is dead impact the NCAA’s view?  Could the swimmer’s suicide make Emmert and crew more upset?

Missouri fans will no doubt read this and yelp that we’re trying stir up trouble for the school.  Not so.  This is a matter for law enforcement just as Penn State’s issues were.  (We do wonder how many Tiger fans were applauding the NCAA’s decision to overstep its bounds with regards to the Sandusky case, though.)

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Missouri’s Pinkel Not Happy With Contract Talks For His Assistants

gfx - they said itHow’s this for a turnaround?  This time a year ago many a Missouri alum was thinking it was time for head coach Gary Pinkel to hit the bricks.  One 12-2 season, SEC East title and Cotton Bowl title later have changed things considerably in Columbia.  Now the head coach is secure enough to let it be known that he’s not happy with how long it’s taking MU to re-work the contracts of his assistant coaches.

Mizzou AD Mike Alden had said that Pinkel and crew might land raises after 2013′s surprising top 10 finish.  Asked about the contract situation last week, Pinkel said:

 

“It’s a slow process.  We’re disappointed to this point, but we’ll see where it goes.”

 

Most coaches don’t make those kinds of statements, folks.  This shows that Pinkel feels he’s standing on terra firma these days… as he should be.  Honestly, it was silly for Pinkel to have been put on any kind of a hot seat following an injury-plagued 2012 anyway.  Especially considering the fact that he’d already turned the Mizzou program from a trash heap to a top 25 contender every year.

Ah, but no one likes complainers.  And you can bet that Alden would have preferred his coach not use the word “disappointed” to discuss the ongoing contract talks between the school and its coaches.

Pinkel had a big year and he should have some goodwill.  He and his coaches should be rewarded, too, as that’s pretty much how the game is played these days.  But the coach should also be careful not to quickly use up the equity the Tigers’ impressive 2013 campaign has afforded him.

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The SEC’s Best Football Programs Part 5: Ranking Them From 1 To 14

mrsec stat analysis newFour categories.  Twenty sub-categories.  Numbers and data.  All-time wins and climate reports.  Heisman trophies and talent pools.  You name it, we’ve included it in our multi-part series that attempts to rank the SEC’s best football programs from #1 to #14.

You can read an overview of the project here.

Part 1 — Recruiting Base — can be found here.

Part 2 — Tradition — can be found here.

Part 3 — Campus Life – can be found here.

Part 4 — Recent History — can be found here.

And below, you’ll find our scoring chart.  Seeing as how we’ve received at least one email or comment expressing disagreement over every single one of the 20 topics we’ve chosen to include, we fully expect to hear some gripes and grumbles about our scoring methodology.  That’s OK.  We’re not trying to get this project past Will Hunting and the guys at MIT.

Rather simply providing a ranking of programs off the top of our heads — which so many folks have done in the past — we wanted to put some numbers to the whole thing.  In fact, we’ve wanted to do this for a couple of years now… but it’s a time-consuming drill.  These numbers couldn’t all be found in one site (until now).

Over the past few days we’ve shown you the breakdowns of how the SEC’s programs ranked in terms of:

 

* Recruiting Base: NFL Picks over Recent 20 Years

* Recruiting Base: 4- and 5-Star Signees over Last 5 Years

* Tradition: All-Time Wins

* Tradition: Conference Championships (1950-2012) (Most modern conferences began to take shape around 1950)

* Tradition: National Championships (1936-2012) (The AP Poll was launched for good in 1936)

* Tradition: All-Time Bowl Appearances

* Tradition: All-Time Heisman Trophy Winners

* Campus Life: Average Number of Sunny Days

* Campus Life: Percentage of Female Students in Campus Population

* Campus Life: Percentage of Ethnic Students in Campus Population

* Campus Life: Average Football Attendance

* Campus Life: Licensed Merchandise Sold

* Recent History: Stadium Size (Current capacity)

* Recent History: Wins over Last 10 Years

* Recent History: Conference Championships over Last 10 Years

* Recent History: National Championships over Last 10 Years

* Recent History: Bowl Appearances over Last 10 Years

* Recent History: Heisman Trophy Winners over Last 10 Years

* Recent History: NFL Draft Picks over Last 10 Years

* Recent History: 1st Round Draft Picks over Last 10 Years

 

So what counts most?  The category labeled Recent History.  Those accomplishments are essentially covered twice (in the Recent History and Tradition categories).  Recent success is what today’s recruits know.  So when you see the final rankings, the last 10 years will play a role.

At the same time, tradition counts, too.  A program that has lived through 90 years of frustrations to turn things around in the most recent decade shouldn’t be expected to land atop our rankings.

As for determining those rankings we decided to convert league-wide percentages into a point system.  Example: Since 1936, the SEC’s current members have won 22 “major poll” national championships.  Alabama has won 10 of those.  Percentage-wise, that’s .454 of the SEC’s national titles.  So Bama would receive .454 points in our system.

Yes, yes, there are other ways to do it.  We welcome you to have at it.  But for our fun little exercise we decided it would be more fun to say: “School X is responsible for .333 of the SEC’s conference titles in the last decade… so we gave them .333 points in this category.”

Obviously the higher the score the better a team’s rank.  Of the 20 categories we used, 19 are positive numbers (meaning the higher the number, the better).  Merchandise sold, however, was a ranking provided by Collegiate Licensing Company in which the lower the number, the better.  So for that one category, we actually subtract the percentages/points.

We counted to the third decimal place, in case you’re wondering, and all of our percentages when added together equal between 99 and 100.

You can click the links above to see the actual wins, losses, championships, etc for each category.  Below, we simply show you what percentage of a category each school was responsible for.  The final number — merchandise sold — was subtracted as part of the tallying process.

Before you get too upset about out over-simplified methodology, take a look at the actual results.  We found them to be pretty darn close to what we might have thrown out off the top of our heads anyway.

On to the scores:

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The SEC’s Best Football Programs Part 2: Tradition

mrsec stat analysis newIn our ongoing effort to rank the SEC’s football programs from best to worst, we now turn our attention to tradition.  Historical records, championships and accomplishments.  The banners on the wall and the trophies in the case.

For an explanation of our overall project, click right here.  You will find there that our first decision was to look at the SEC’s programs from four different angles: Recruiting Base, Tradition, Campus Life and Recent History.  Each category is divided into sub-categories (there are 20 in all).  The more important a category is to a program’s current success, the more sub-categories within that category.

Recruiting Base was the least important category, so it was made up of just two sub-categories.  You can find those two listings by clicking right here.  Tradition, in our view, is more important to the success of a program.  Those programs that have been good for ages tend to bounce back when they stumble.  Strong programs might wander through the gridiron wilderness for anywhere from five to 20 years — Alabama, Oklahoma, Southern Cal, Tennessee, LSU, and Texas all have — but eventually they rise again.  Part of the reason?  Traditional powers have something to sell to recruits even when they’re struggling in the win column.

Being an important category, there are actually five numbers (or sub-categories) that we include under the Tradition umbrella.

First, we look simply at all-time wins.  Straight and to-the-point, these numbers were taken directly from the 2013 SEC Football Media Guide:

 

Tradition: All-Time Wins

  ALA   ARK   AUB   UF   UGA   UK   LSU   MSU   MU   UM   USC   UT   A&M   VU
  827   684   714   680   759   580   743   514   631   628   565   799   692   572

 

When it comes to tradition, Alabama and Tennessee are going to score well time and again.  That is certainly true in terms of all-time victories.  With the Volunteers’ next win, they will join the Crimson Tide in the 800-victory club.  Georgia, LSU and Auburn are the only other SEC schools to have notched 700 wins.

At the other end of the chart, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Mississippi State are all below the 600-win mark.

 

Next, we consider all conference championships dating back to 1950.  Forfeited or vacated championships were not counted.  Championships in other leagues like the Southwest Conference, Big 8, Big 12, or ACC were included in this category:

 

Tradition: Conference Championships (1950-2012)

  ALA   ARK   AUB   UF   UGA   UK   LSU   MSU   MU   UM   USC   UT   A&M   VU
  19   11   7   8   9   1   9   0   2   5   1   9   10   0

 

Alabama is once again the hands-down leader in this category, boasting 19 Southeastern Conference championships.  Mississippi State and Vanderbilt have yet to win a conference title of any sort.  South Carolina (ACC) and Kentucky each have one crown.

Kentucky and Florida have each been stripped of one conference title due to NCAA and SEC sanctions.

 

Next, we tally the number of major national championships won by each SEC institution since 1936 (the Associated Press poll has run every season since that year).  We have counted the national titles awarded by the AP Poll, the Coaches’ Poll, and the BCS.  A school was credited for the season, not the total championships.  So even if a school won both the AP and UPI Coaches’ polls, the school would be credited with one national title:

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Pinkel Calm, Cool, Collected Today

MISSOURI MEDIA DAYSThe media members we’ve come to know in Missouri over the past couple of years have told us on numerous occasions that Gary Pinkel can be — for lack of a better word — a bit of grump.

Today, that’s not the case.  Mizzou’s coach appears comfortable today and he’s not bristling at all (so far) at the questions being lobbed at him.  For example, asked if MU’s 5-7 finish last year was indicative of the Tigers’ place as a program inside the SEC, Pinkel coolly replied:

 

“We lost five of our top 10 offensive lineman and our starting quarterback and we still had a chance to overcome it.  And I’m paid to overcome anything that happens to us.  But like anything else you’ve gotta prove yourself.  We’re hungry.  We’re excited to get back in and compete.  It’s a great league.  I love being in the league… if you love to compete against the best.”

 

Some coaches on hot seats might get their dander up over such a question and start reciting their career winning percentages.  Pinkel kept his cool and delivered a good, honest answer.

Last year, Pinkel and his players seemed a little testy when asked again and again (and again) about their readiness to join the league.  Pinkel seems a lot more open to questioning today.

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MU’s Franklin Tries To Stay Upbeat With Twitter Twirps

james-franklin-mu-new-uniMissouri quarterback James Franklin came into the 2012 football season with high expectations.  In 2011, the dual-threat signal-caller posted 21 touchdown passes (against 11 interceptions) and 15 rushing TDs.  He was expected to be the top new QB in the SEC last year.

But things started badly with Franklin needing offseason surgery on his throwing shoulder.  Coach Gary Pinkle did Franklin no favors when he stated publicly that his quarterback had eschewed a painkiller shot before a September date with Arizona State.  Franklin threw just 10 touchdown passes and rushed for none during his injury-plagued campaign.  In addition, “Johnny Football” happened at Texas A&M, making Franklin’s SEC debut appear even worse.

Unfortunately for Franklin, he now quarterbacks in the age of Twitter and Facebook.  Fans are no longer limited to sharing their frustrations via boo birds.  Now they can reach right out and smack their school’s players around via the internet.  In Franklin’s case, some have.

According to The Columbia Tribune, last month Mizzou’s quarterback tweeted some words of encouragement to Tiger hoopster Phil Pressey.  A few MU fans — can they really be called fans? — had tweeted insults in the direction of the point guard.  Franklin responded with this: “So much for One-Mizzou: if a family member messes up you should positively support them, not make them feel awful! Keep your head up Phil”

At that point, fans began showering Franklin with insults, too.  He tried to respond with humor:

 

Fan:  “You’re right.  Keep strong and be positive.  And maybe you’ll be 3rd string next season”

Franklin:  “3rd string?  Thanks!  I was only giving myself a chance at 4th”

Fan:  “from one failure to another lol”

Franklin:  “yes, we are huge failures!  At least we get a free education right?  I forgot that not everyone fails, my bad”

Fan:  “you gotta be kidding me!!  Pressey is in the same category as you.  Suckass when the games on the line.  #georgia”

Franklin:  “haha no, no one is in as bad of a category as me”

Fan:  “coming from the king of clutch himself… At least he doesn’t always seem to be hurt when the games get tough”

Franklin:  “I’ve always wanted to be a king yeah, but I just love faking injuries to get out of tough games”

Fan:  “have fun sitting on the bench next year.”

Franklin:  “thanks, I will try!  But I may get hurt…benches are rough”

 

Now, as this writer has learned via our own MrSEC.com comment boxes, responding to anonymous posters in any way, shape, or form usually leads to trouble.  Regular readers of this site know, too, that I’m in agreement with the growing number of college coaches who ban their players from Twitter.  No good can come from college athletes using social media to engage and interact directly with upset fans.  So some of the blame for this episode does lie with Franklin.

But the truly sorry part of this story is the fact that people who claim to root for Missouri have tried to insult and damage the confidence of a player who needs their support.  What exactly is their goal?  Just to hurt another human being?

I’ve personally never understood the concept of booing, so tweeting nasty comments directly to an athlete seems even more classless.  And if the player is on your favorite team it seems even more pointless.

Franklin had a disappointing 2012.  Many he expect he’ll lose the starting quarterback job to Maty Mauk before 2013 opens.  But while in Columbia, Franklin has already had to deal with knee and shoulder injuries.  You would think that he would have earned himself a little compassion, if not respect, from Tiger fans.

But in the age of Twitter and the internet, you’d be wrong.

As for the “fans” doing that all that negative tweeting, they’d better hope recruits don’t read their cowardly, trashy comments and decide those folks are representative of the entire MU fanbase.

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SEC Hoops: A&M Upsets #21 Mizzou

basketballsTexas A&M 70 — Missouri 68

1.  For the Aggies, the win was just their second in seven games.

2.  A&M almost blew the game, but Missouri beat them to it.

3.  Another road trip brings more frustration for #21 Mizzou.

4.  Tiger Alex Oriakhi on MU’s failed last-second put-back: “He got fouled, of course, and the refs didn’t call it.  Just the story of the game.”

 

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