Category Archive: KTGR BLOGS

  1. The Inside Slant: Three and Out, Thanksgiving DFS & Week 12 Picks

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    Jeff and BK are back for another week on The Inside Slant. The guys give their thoughts on the top three games from week 11, make their daily fantasy picks for a Thanksgiving meal and they give their week 12 picks.




  2. Mizzou Lists “Head Football Coach” As Job Opening

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    This happens anytime there’s an opening within the University of Missouri, but it’s more notable when it’s for the highest paid public employee in the state. The University of Missouri has posted the opening for the Mizzou head football coach.


    Here’s a brief overview of the job description:


    “Promote an atmosphere of compliance where all policies and procedures of the Department and University, as well as rules and regulations of SEC, NCAA and other authorities that may legitimately influence the intercollegiate athletics program are adhered to and enforced.


    Oversee the recruitment and selection of student athletes.  Ensure compliance with NCAA guidelines in the recruitment of prospects.  Initiate the process of determining academic eligibility and issuing National Letters of Intent.


    Provide leadership and instruction in the personal and athletic development of student-athletes, to include counseling team members in academic, disciplinary and personal matters, where appropriate.


    Monitor the eligibility status and promote the academic progress of student-athletes by working closely with the Associate Director of Athletics for Academic Services and Assistant Director of Compliance for Eligibility/Recruiting.  Assist in enforcing study hall attendance for referred freshmen and others with grade deficiencies.”


    If you’re interested in applying for the position, I will warn that there are some minimum qualifications.


    “A Bachelor’s degree in a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities can be acquired is necessary.  Five to seven year’s successful coaching experience in one or more areas of athlete development/administration/team recruitment for Football or superior personal performance and achievement in Football in combination with relevant life experiences from which coaching ability can be effectively projected.  Knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations, proven ability to recruit quality student-athletes and ability to manage a quality program.”


    We’ve known that this was coming. Gary Pinkel stood on stage and gave an hour press conference to explain his decision to retire. But all of a sudden it feels so much more real.


    Time to download Flight Aware.


  3. The Big Show: Dave Bartoo

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    Dave Bartoo of CFB Matrix joined Matt and BK on The Big Show to discuss why he believes Matt Rhule would be a good coaching hire for Mizzou, and how the committee has displayed the importance of scheduling smart.




  4. The Big Show: Gabe DeArmond

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    Gabe DeArmond of joined Matt and BK for his weekly spot on The Big Show to discuss some new names that have appeared in the Mizzou football coaching search, and why Gabe believes Mack Rhoades should take a long look at an in-house candidate.




  5. The All-Gary Pinkel Era Team

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    I’m 23. I say that up front, because it’s difficult for me to remember a time when Missouri didn’t have Gary Pinkel as its head coach. In fact, I quite literally can’t remember it. I grew up with Brad Smith as the Tigers’ quarterback. My high school years were spent watching Chase Daniel lead Mizzou down the field time and time again. By the time I got to college, it was James Franklin and Maty Mauk. The rise of the Mizzou football program has, in a lot of ways, mirrored my own growth through adolescence.


    So with that in mind, I’ll leave the legacy pieces to guys like Dave Matter and Gabe DeArmond and Joe Walljasper who have each spent years covering the Mizzou football program. I’ll stick to the simple things that radio hosts tend to do best: lists.


    Without further adieu, here is my version of the All-Gary Pinkel Era Team.


    QB: Chase Daniel, Brad Smith

    RB: Henry Josey, Tony Temple

    WR1: Jeremy Maclin, Justin Gage

    WR2: Danario Alexander, T.J. Moe

    WR3: Dorial Green-Beckham, Bud Sasser

    TE: Chase Coffman, Martin Rucker

    LT: Justin Britt, Elvis Fisher

    LG: Jayson Palmgren, Connor McGovern

    C: Evan Boehm, Tim Barnes

    RG: Mitch Morse, Tony Palmer

    RT: Dan Hoch, Joel Clinger


    RDE: Aldon Smith, Markus Golden

    DT: Sheldon Richardson, Lorenzo Williams

    NG: C.J. Mosley, Ziggy Hood

    LDE: Shane Ray, Michael Sam

    SLB: Sean Weatherspoon, Zaviar Gooden

    MLB: Michael Scherer, Andrew Wilson

    WLB: Kentrell Brothers, Andrew Gachkar

    CB1: E.J. Gaines, Kenji Jackson

    SS: William Moore, Ian Simon

    FS: Pig Brown, Braylon Webb

    CB2: Aarion Penton, Kevin Rutland


    K: Jeff Wolfert, Andrew Baggett

    P: Christian Brinser, Corey Fatony

    KR/PR: Marcus Murphy

    LS: Beau Brinkley


    You’re bound to disagree with some of the players on this list. I went back and forth on Bud Sasser or L’Damian Washington. Plenty will say Kony Ealy should be on the list over Michael Sam. And I could see the logic; Ealy is and probably was the better player, but Sam had one of the best seasons we’ve ever seen at Missouri and he earned SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors as a result. I can’t leave that guy off the list. You could debate Will Ebner or Andrew Gachkar at outside linebacker and whether Andrew Wilson or Michael Scherer should be the starter at middle linebacker. I could understand all of that.


    Gary Pinkel coached a lot of damn good football players in his time at Missouri. But there were certain positions where he always had a good player: quarterback, running back and defensive ends. Blaine Gabbert, who was drafted in the first round, wasn’t included on this list. Russell Hansbrough and Kendial Lawrence, who each rushed for more than 1,000 yards in a season, didn’t make the list. Players like Kony Ealy, Stryker Sulak, Brian Smith and Charles Harris could all go down as the best defensive end in a decade at some schools. At Mizzou, they didn’t even make the top four.


    The fact that Gary Pinkel had so much success recruiting and developing players at those three positions is remarkable. They’re three of the most valuable positions in college football. With that in mind, it’s no wonder that Pinkel had so much success at Missouri.


    It’s time to start a new era. Here’s to hoping that with it comes with more players like Chase and Spoon and Golden and Boehm.


  6. Mizzou Football: Coaches & Players Discuss Coaching Search & Arkansas Game

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    Mizzou coaches and players met with the media on Monday to discuss the uncertainty surrounding the coaches future, the upcoming game against Arkansas, and the importance of making it to a bowl game this season.




  7. The Big Show: Bill Connelly

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    Bill Connelly joined Matt and BK on The Big Show to discuss the Tigers’ loss to Tennessee and why Bill believes Barry Odom should be the top candidate for the MU job.




  8. Mizzou vs. Tennessee Postgame: Players & Coaches React To Loss

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    Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel addressed the media following the Tigers’ 19-8 loss to Tennessee in Pinkel’s final game at Faurot Field.




  9. The Sports Wire: Mizzou Coaching Search, MU Hoops Outlook & Are the Chiefs For Real?

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    BK is back for another episode of The Sports Wire, in which he discusses why Barry Odom is atop his wish list for the Mizzou head coaching job, why Mizzou hoops has a different feel to it in 2015, and he answers whether the Chiefs are a legitimate contender. All of that, plus we’re joined by Mizzou football 2016 commits Greg Taylor and Trey Baldwin to find out where they stand on their commitments, and what their thoughts are on the head coaching search.




  10. The Sports Wire: Trey Baldwin

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    Mizzou football 2016 commit Trey Baldwin joined BK on The Sports Wire to discuss his commitment status, who he hopes takes over as the coach of the Tigers, and how he feels about the unrest on Mizzou’s campus.