Originally written on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 11/17/14
For the players and coaches at Mizzou, entering the SEC was like running a ship aground. They never saw it coming. You could sense it as early as Media Days last July. While most of them said the right things, it was obvious that the players had no idea what they were about to experience. Some of them even shrugged their shoulders as if the transition from the Big 12 to the SEC was no more complicated than moving across the street. The result was Mizzous worst season in eight years. They only beat two conference opponents, a hapless Kentucky and a four-overtime win over Tennessee. For the first time since 2004, Missouri finished the regular season with a losing record and did not play in a bowl. Granted injuries hurt, especially to all-purpose quarterback James Franklin who will be returning. But as the Tigers take the field this spring, they now understand what Coach Gene Stallings meant when he said to the SEC newcomers: This is a mans league, so you better pull up your britch...
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