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Grove City High grad Grinch to join Missouri football staff


Alex Grinch (courtesy of Wyoming athletics)

Alex Grinch, who played at Mount Union and is a 1998 graduate of Grove City High school in the Columbus, Ohio area, has joined the Missouri football coaching staff as safeties coach.

Head football coach Gary Pinkel announced the signing and said that Grinch was a graduate assistant of his from 2002 to 2004.

Grinch spent the last three years as the secondary coach and recruiting coordinator for the University of Wyoming.


compiled from University of Missouri, Radio & TV news

INDEPENDENCE BOWL PREVIEW: Missouri vs. North Carolina, today at 5 P.M. ET ESPN


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The 2011 Advocare Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana, will pit a pair of 7-5 teams against each other.

The Missouri Tigers of the Big 12 Conference against the North Carolina Tar Heels of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The 2010 game had Air Force playing Georgia Tech. The Falcons beat the Yellow Jackets, 17-14.

The Tar Heels are playing in its fourth consecutive bowl game, the school’s longest streak since a five-game run from 1979-1983.

North Carolina is coming into the game on a down note, having only won a single game against Duke after becoming bowl eligible with their sixth win on October 29.

If the Tar Heels win the game, their achieve their fourth straight eight-win season.

The Tigers of Missouri won four of their last five games after starting off a disappointing 3-4. Missouri beat Texas for the first time in head coach Gary Pinkel’s tenure, 17-5.

Shreveport, Louisiana is not a stranger for Missouri. The Tigers are playing there for the third time since 2005 due to the fact that the Big 12 had eight-bowl eligible teams for the league’s seven bowl games. Missouri was pushed out of the top seven spots despite the fact it earned wins over Iowa State, Texas and Texas A&M.

Missouri’s offense is led by QB James Franklin, a sophomore, who completed 63% of his attempts with only 10 interceptions. During the season, he had an interception-free streak of 123 in a row.

The Tar Heels offense is led by  WR Dwight Jones who led the ACC in receptions with 79 and was tied for the league lead with 11 touchdown catches with 11. Also on offense is RB Giovani Bernard a big-play runner who averages 5.4 yards per carry and totaled 1,222 yards rushing.



Info compiled from Independence Bowl, University of Missouri & University of North Carolina news


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2010 INSIGHT BOWL: Iowa upsets Missouri despite giving up 512 offensive yards

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The Insight Bowl pitting #14 Missouri against Iowa seemed to be a good matchup with two solid offenses.

Once fierce rivals from years past, the two teams hadn’t met in 100 years, despite Columbia, Missouri and Iowa City, Iowa being only 250 miles apart.

The 12-game rivalry plagued by dirty play, riots, rowdy crowds and racial discrimination ended following a very brutal game in 1910. There was also a planned four-year series from 2005-2008 which fell through for reasons unknown.

Missouri had a very good season with a record of 10-2, but saw its Big 12 and BCS chances go by the wayside with consecutive losses to Nebraska and Texas Tech. The Tigers won their final three games to get into the Insight Bowl.

Iowa’s season started strong and ended weak.

After opening the season #9 in the polls, the Hawkeyes were plagued by injuries and an inability to close out games. They had to play most of the season without defensive coordinator Norm Parker, who had a foot amputated due to complications from diabetes.

Iowa had five losses by a combined 18 points and entered the Insight Bowl having lost their final three games.

There were more problems to come for Kirk Ferentz and his staff.

Since the regular-season ended, Iowa have lost their career leading receiver, top rusher and two other running backs.

Receiver Darrell Johnson-Koulianos started the snow ball effect, getting booted off the team after being arrested on drug charges in early December. Adam Robinson was suspended for breaking team rules, and was arrested for marijuana possession, putting his career at Iowa in jeopardy.

Young, talented and promising running back Jewel Hampton decided to transfer and fullback Brad Rogers was out to undergo cardiological tests.

But Iowa had other backup players ready to go against Missouri. Fill-in freshman Marcus Coker took over and led the way. Coker bulled his way through Missouri’s defense in place of suspended Adam Robinson.

The other star of the game, Micah Hyde, scored the decisive touchdown on a 72-yard interception return in the fourth quarter, leading Iowa to close the season at 8-5 with a 27-24 win over Missouri in the Insight Bowl in Tempe, Arizona. The interception return was the second-longest return in Insight Bowl history.

The undermanned, injury-riddled and suspension-prone Hawkeyes turned to Coker, who had 403 yards and a touchdown during the regular-season.

The bruising freshman ran over, around and past the Tigers to set school records with 219 yards on 33 carries while scoring two touchdowns in front of a record crowd of 53,453 fans at the Insight Bowl.

Behind Coker, the Hawkeyes piled up 425 yards against one of the nation’s stingiest defenses to overcome two rare turnovers by Ricky Stansi and win three straight bowl games for the first time.

Missouri, who ends the year at 10-3, basically did whatever it wanted on offense against Iowa’s defense, rolling up 512 yards, including a school bowl record 434 passing from Blaine Gabbert.

Gabbert finished 41 for 57 passing to set two more school records.


* Iowa recruits the St. Louis area extensively. Two of the best players on the roster are from the area, Adrian Clayborn and wide receiver Marvin McNutt. McNutt played alongside Missouri running back De’Vion Moore at Hazelwood Central High School.

* Despite finishing the regular-season at 7-5, Iowa reached a bowl game for the eighth consecutive season. With the win over Missouri, Kirk Ferentz is 6-3 in bowl games.

* Iowa’s defense only allowed 103.5 yards a game coming into the game.

* Iowa’s defense had 17 interceptions in 12 games.

* Punter Ryan Donahue is one of the nation’s top punters.

* QB Ricky Stansi had 25 touchdown passes and four interceptions during the regular-season.

* RB Adam Robinson rushed for 941 yards and 10 touchdowns before his suspension.


* Head Coach Gary Pinkel took over the Missouri program in 2001 after leaving the Toledo Rockets. Ten seasons later, Pinkel is one of the top coaches in the country. Missouri, which went without a bowl appearance between 1984 and 1996, has gone to seven bowls in the last eight seasons, including the last six.

Pinkel has gone 3-4 in his first seven bowls with Missouri.

* The Tigers averaged 211 rushing yards during their last four games.

* Missouri had 38 sacks to lead the Big 12 Conference.

* QB Blaine Gabbert is the first starter to throw for less than 3,000 yards since 2005.

* LB Andrew Gachkar came out of obscurity to lead the Tigers with 81 tackles, including 8 1/2 for losses. His emergence was one of the biggest reasons for Missouri’s incredible improvement on defense.

* DE Brad Madison leads the Tigers with 7 1/2 sacks, not bad for a role player. He sacked the QB three times against Texas A&M.

Info compiled from Insight Bowl, Missouri & Iowa athletics news