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Missouri's Faurot Field, circa 1999, when Cecelia Hanley was a student there and the athletic program was part of the Big 12 (Source: MGN) Missouri's Faurot Field, circa 1999, when Cecelia Hanley was a student there and the athletic program was part of the Big 12 (Source: MGN)
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    No. 1 Alabama shuts out Vanderbilt

    No. 1 Alabama shuts out Vanderbilt

    Saturday, September 23 2017 6:53 PM EDT2017-09-23 22:53:00 GMT

    Alabama hits the road for their first SEC match-up of the year. Keep up with the Crimson Tides clash with the Vanderbilt Commodores up in Nashville here.

    Alabama hits the road for their first SEC match-up of the year. Keep up with the Crimson Tides clash with the Vanderbilt Commodores up in Nashville here.

  • Alabama finalizes 2018 football schedule

    Alabama finalizes 2018 football schedule

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 4:49 PM EDT2017-09-19 20:49:44 GMT
    Source: WBRCSource: WBRC

    Officials at the University of Alabama finalized the 2018 football schedule on Tuesday. As usual, there are seven home games scheduled for Bryant-Denny Stadium with one neutral site game and four SEC road games.

    Officials at the University of Alabama finalized the 2018 football schedule on Tuesday. As usual, there are seven home games scheduled for Bryant-Denny Stadium with one neutral site game and four SEC road games.

  • Bama prepares for an unbeaten Vandy

    Bama prepares for an unbeaten Vandy

    Monday, September 18 2017 5:30 PM EDT2017-09-18 21:30:30 GMT
    Source: WBRCSource: WBRC

    It's a surprising match-up Saturday in Nashville with a battle of unbeaten teams between Alabama and Vanderbilt.

    It's a surprising match-up Saturday in Nashville with a battle of unbeaten teams between Alabama and Vanderbilt.

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  • University of Missouri fires defensive coordinator DeMontie Cross

    University of Missouri fires defensive coordinator DeMontie Cross

    Sunday, September 10 2017 6:59 PM EDT2017-09-10 22:59:38 GMT
    Sunday, September 10 2017 6:59 PM EDT2017-09-10 22:59:38 GMT
    DeMontie CrossDeMontie Cross
    The University of Missouri has fired defensive coordinator DeMontie Cross.  Cross was fired just hours after Mizzou's 31-13 loss to South Carolina.  "I am very appreciative of all that DeMontie has done for Mizzou, and am sorry that this did not work out. However, after careful evaluation, I believe it is important to make this change now," head football coach Barry Odom said in a statement.  Before his coaching career, Cross played free safety at the Unive...
    The University of Missouri has fired defensive coordinator DeMontie Cross.  Cross was fired just hours after Mizzou's 31-13 loss to South Carolina.  "I am very appreciative of all that DeMontie has done for Mizzou, and am sorry that this did not work out. However, after careful evaluation, I believe it is important to make this change now," head football coach Barry Odom said in a statement.  Before his coaching career, Cross played free safety at the Unive...

MONTGOMERY, AL (RNN) – Outlanders who move to Alabama have to make a choice - which college football team are you for? Alabama or Auburn?

I'm surprised new residents aren't stopped at the state line and made to declare an allegiance (they do a similar thing here to suspected illegal immigrants, and it's state law).

Saying you don't support either team will not let you off the hook – you have to choose, and strangers will badger you in elevators until you get off on the wrong floor to flee. And then, if you pick the wrong team, you are in for a whole other kind of hell.

But now, fellow Mizzou fans, I've entered a deeper circle of purgatory, one Dante could never have imagined.

A year ago, I could wear my Missouri shorts to the gym here in my adopted home state and not get badgered by sports fans. People didn't even know what a "Mizzou" was.

Last November, when Our Tigers left the Big 12 for the SEC, a man approached me as I stepped off the treadmill, and pointed at my shorts with a smirk.

"Mizzou, huh? Are you sure you're ready?"

I laughed – sure! After fighting Nebraska for years, dealing with the football factory that was Oklahoma, battling various Texas teams and loving life when we Rock-Chalk Jayhalked Kansas back across the border – I was sure we were ready.

Oh, the blissful joy of ignorance.

Before you call me out as a fair-weather fan, know that I'm a third-generation Mizzou alum. My grandfather purchased his home (where my mom grew up) near Faurot Field so he could walk to games.

When I attended school there, my grandfather and I watched games together on TV.

Missouri's style has never been flashy, and we've had to deal with getting the wrong end of the stick from time-to-time (Colorado's fifth down, anyone?) but we soldiered on, worked harder.

Gary Pinkel's no-nonsense coaching style and demeanor appealed to the Missouri "show me" spirit, which pretty much boiled down to "put up or shut up."

I'm going to be honest here. We've been shut up.

Sure, Mizzou is getting big bucks from televised games by joining the SEC, and the first few weeks of football season have given exposure to the school like never before. College football is all about money. But I miss rivalries.

I miss Oklahoma and Kansas – and being within striking distance of making a road trip. As a student (heck, even as an alum), you could hop in your car and drive to most Big 12 games in half a day.

Thanksgiving dinners across the Show Me State will be calmer this year because family members won't be jawing at each other over an upcoming game.

But I would take a yelling match and a turkey leg over the slow torture of the past few weeks, when fans of the No. 1 juggernaut Alabama have taunted my misery as Mizzou suffered serial losses.

Of course, I know, I know. This is only our first year in the new conference. Missouri is adapting its style of play, and I'll always wear black and gold on Saturday. But I still have the feeling we're going to be quiet for a long time.

You have to win for decades to attain the level of obnoxiousness that comes naturally to fans of top-tier SEC schools. Trust me, they are experts at it.

Last week we lost at home to the SEC's lifelong doormat, Vanderbilt, whose long-suffering boosters have had generations of practice in humility. Even they are mocking us, now.

I think it's going be a long, long time. Please, let basketball season hurry and get here.

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  • Mississippi State falls to Georgia 31-3

    Mississippi State falls to Georgia 31-3

    Saturday, September 23 2017 11:47 PM EDT2017-09-24 03:47:50 GMT
    UGA beats MSU 31-3, click on the video above for highlights. Copyright 2017 MSNewsNow. All rights reserved.
    UGA beats MSU 31-3, click on the video above for highlights. Copyright 2017 MSNewsNow. All rights reserved.
  • Gators rally, nip Cats 28-27

    Gators rally, nip Cats 28-27

    Saturday, September 23 2017 11:46 PM EDT2017-09-24 03:46:02 GMT
    (Source: WAVE 3 News)(Source: WAVE 3 News)
    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Freddie Swain caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Luke Del Rio with 43 seconds remaining to cap No. 20 Florida's rally from a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit that beat Kentucky 28-27 on Saturday night.      The Gators extended their winning streak over the Wildcats to 31 games, the nation's longest streak in FBS, and took early control of the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division. And it required everything they had after t...
    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Freddie Swain caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Luke Del Rio with 43 seconds remaining to cap No. 20 Florida's rally from a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit that beat Kentucky 28-27 on Saturday night.      The Gators extended their winning streak over the Wildcats to 31 games, the nation's longest streak in FBS, and took early control of the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division. And it required everything they had after t...
  • Kerryon Johnson: 5TDs in return, No. 15 Auburn throttles Missouri 51-14

    Kerryon Johnson: 5TDs in return, No. 15 Auburn throttles Missouri 51-14

    Saturday, September 23 2017 11:18 PM EDT2017-09-24 03:18:05 GMT
    (Source: Auburn Athletics)(Source: Auburn Athletics)

    Kerryon Johnson finished one rushing touchdown shy of Auburn's all-time record for a single game as the No. 15 Tigers didn't let up in it's 51-14 win over Missouri Saturday night.

    Kerryon Johnson finished one rushing touchdown shy of Auburn's all-time record for a single game as the No. 15 Tigers didn't let up in it's 51-14 win over Missouri Saturday night.

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