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Saturday, February 05, 2005

rumors of quin's demise have been greatly

--The Chicago Tribune's Melissa Isaacson quotes Pierre Pierce as saying that in the eyes of his ex-girlfriend, he was "more than her Mandingo." To learn how race has become a significant consideration in the Pierce affair, read on.

-- Dave Johnson of the Hampton Roads (VA) Daily Press argues that after five weeks of conference play, a clear hierarchy has emerged in the ACC. North Carolina, Duke and Wake, Dave argues, are in a league of their own.

-- On Friday Missouri athletics director Mike Alden called an ESPN.com columnist and Show-Me state reporters (but not bloggers) to affirm the university's confidence in coach Quin Snyder. The wise Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, however, is having a hard time accepting the Missouri administration's pro-Snyder publicity campaign.

While it's admirable for Mizzou officials to back Snyder instead of letting him wallow in uncertainty, none of the statements ensure that Snyder will finish his contract, which expires after the 2007-2008 season.

If Mizzou flops again next season, Snyder will lose his job. You can take that to the bank. Missouri was hit with a two-year NCAA probation earlier this season and is struggling with a 10-11 record overall, 2-6 in the Big 12 Conference. Snyder is 26-26 in his last 52 games. Moreover, Missouri is averaging only 9,724 fans per home game in the new 15,000-seat on campus arena.