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Optimism tempered with Mizzou's Franklin

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08:23 AM ET 04.04 | The bad news is that James Franklin's will remain out for spring, but there is good news for Mizzou fans in the eyes of Gary Pinkel. [Pinkel] said Tuesday that he is optimistic about the pace of Franklin's recovery. "He's a pretty special guy; he'll heal quick," Pinkel said in his first remarks on Franklin since the operation. "He works tremendously hard in the training room. And so much of it is having a great attitude." Franklin, who will be a junior this fall, had one of the most productive total offense seasons in MU history. ... [Pinkel] reiterated that MU doesn't expect Franklin to miss any time in the fall. But he added an asterisk: "We're expecting that he won't (miss time), but to say that that can't happen, I can't say that."

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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April 4, 2012  09:46 AM ET

Where's the love for Mizzou?

(if this doubles it is ALL FN's fault)

April 4, 2012  10:08 AM ET

Mizzou is in the SEC now so expect all kinds of drama coming out of Columbia.

April 4, 2012  12:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Where's the love for Mizzou?(if this doubles it is ALL FN's fault)

Only 2 posts all morning for an SEC team thread?!? Geez...


These guys are SEC now, but it takes a while for the fever to build in the minds of FN posters, I suppose...

April 4, 2012  12:22 PM ET

shouldn't be much drama from Columbia for a while, just keep the beer away from the coach.

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April 4, 2012  01:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Only 2 posts all morning for an SEC team thread?!? Geez...These guys are SEC now, but it takes a while for the fever to build in the minds of FN posters, I suppose...

The fever will be there when they kickoff their SEC schedule at home Sept 8 against the Bulldogs.

April 4, 2012  01:47 PM ET

Mizzou has produced a fairly consistent football "product" that does not displease the students, alums, and local fans. Of late, they've gone from a winning team (over .500) to notable bowl invitee. This opened the door to an invitation to join the SEC, a "money" conference. Good for them.

April 4, 2012  03:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Who is MIZZOU anyway? They have a FB team?

The football team wins more meaningful games than their basketball team does....

April 4, 2012  03:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

The fever will be there when they kickoff their SEC schedule at home Sept 8 against the Bulldogs.

And that's going to be a good game. Uga has most of it's secondary suspended for that game ....not too good for a pass happy offense like mizzou. I know quite a few dawgs who are worried about that one.

April 4, 2012  04:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Who is MIZZOU anyway? They have a FB team?

85-54 over past 11 years (Pinkel's term)...been to the Cotton Bowl a few years ago, other than that little bowls like Texas Bowl, Insight, Independence, etc...

They looked to jump ship couple of years ago...courted B1G and 12PAC and were turned down. SEC needed to go to 14 so they took them.

Fair program, but nothing earth-shattering. Will be middle-pack team

April 4, 2012  05:08 PM ET

See post #7.

April 4, 2012  08:25 PM ET

??? Notable bowl invitee??? hmmmmm

Guess if you consider the Independence Bowl notable....

April 5, 2012  01:03 AM ET

Many years ago, I could not have cared less about Missouri football, even though I lived in K.C. One day I was reading the Kansas City Star, and a reporter asked the great Norm Stewart, who was then the basketball coach of Missouri, what was the best way to beat the Oklahoma Sooners. He looked at the reporter, and with a most serious face, said "Shoot them as they get off the bus." I have been a Missouri fan ever since. People in Missouri have a different way of looking at things, and will fit in with the SEC just fine.

April 5, 2012  01:18 AM ET

By the way, it's pronounced, "Mizz Ur Uh". Don't want ya'll saying the future league champions name the wrong way.

April 5, 2012  07:04 AM ET

For some, the Cotton Bowl isn't notable. OK, then.

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April 5, 2012  07:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Many years ago, I could not have cared less about Missouri football, even though I lived in K.C. One day I was reading the Kansas City Star, and a reporter asked the great Norm Stewart, who was then the basketball coach of Missouri, what was the best way to beat the Oklahoma Sooners. He looked at the reporter, and with a most serious face, said "Shoot them as they get off the bus." I have been a Missouri fan ever since. People in Missouri have a different way of looking at things, and will fit in with the SEC just fine.

LMAO!!!!

JRM has expressed the same sentiments at times....LOL

April 5, 2012  08:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Optimism, please, this is Mizzou we are talking about.

True...they are SEC now... ;)

April 5, 2012  08:18 AM ET

OK...now this is an SEC school now...there should be at least 2 pages of posts here. Gotta step it up guys/gals....

 
April 5, 2012  10:42 AM ET

Mizzou is better than 3/4 of the SEC teams in football and there's only one better team (Kentucky) in basketball. They will be much better than mediocre in their first year. I live in KC and I'm a Tennessee alum, and I hate to say it, but the Vols will get spanked by Mizzou this next year!! Glad to see the start of new rivalries in the SEC!

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