Unproven Mizzou still confident in SEC football 


By The Associated Press

HOOVER, Ala. — Missouri made a surprising run to the top of the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division in just its second year in the league.

Staying on top might be even more of a challenge.

The Tigers lost a huge chunk of their team after finishing 12-2 last season, including 7-1 in the SEC. Only nine starters return, including just four on offense.

But new starting quarterback Maty Mauk was confident during Missouri’s appearance at SEC Media Days on Read more of this post

NCAA President Emmert calls for ‘scholarships for life’ 


By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON NCAA President Mark Emmert told a Senate committee Wednesday he supports “scholarships for life” and other reforms in how athletes are treated, then did such a good job of casting himself as a powerless figurehead that one senator told him: “I can’t tell whether you’re in charge or whether you’re a minion.”

Emmert faced a skeptical Senate Commerce Committee and said he feels college sports “works extremely well for the vast majority” and that the overall current model of Read more of this post

A midsummer’s look at Mizzou basketball’s newcomers

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Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

Women’s basketball

Summer workouts continue as the Missouri Tigers women’s basketball team prepares for the 2014-2015 season. Coach Robin Pingeton’s club will try to improve on last year’s 17-14 record and second consecutive WNIT appearance. While Bri Kulas’ graduation leaves big shoes to fill, the Tigers welcome four new players to the team. One is a junior college transfer, another a transfer whose required year off the court is finished, and two are among the outstanding high school players from Missouri of the last few years. Here’s a look at the newest members of the team:

Juanita Robinson (junior college transfer) — 4-star recruit and ranked in top 100 nationally by ESPN out of high school. Originally signed with Ohio but ended up instead at Johnson County Community College, the same school as Bri Kulas. Junior College All-American, averaged 11 points Read more of this post

Dorial Green-Beckham joins Oklahoma Sooners

By The Associated Press

NORMAN, Okla. — Former Missouri receiver Dorial Green-Beckham is now an Oklahoma Sooner.

Green-Beckham was dismissed by Missouri in April.

Coach Bob Stoops announced Thursday that Green-Beckham was added to the Sooners’ roster after signing a financial aid agreement Wednesday. He can immediately enroll in classes and begin team activities.

He would be eligible to play beginning in 2015.

Green-Beckham caught 59 passes for 12 touchdowns as a sophomore last season at Missouri and was one of the top prospects in the nation when he signed with the Tigers. He was dismissed after being charged in October 2012 with marijuana possession in Columbia and later pleading guilty to trespassing.

Stoops said in a statement that Green-Beckham “understands the privilege and responsibilities of representing the Oklahoma football program.”

New softball stadium, football facility for Mizzou approved by curators

By The Associated Press

A large crowd takes in a softball game at University Field on May 17, 2014. The facility has a listed capacity of 500 people. The University of Missouri Board of Curators have approved a request for a new softball facility. (KBIA file photo)

A large crowd takes in a softball game at University Field on May 17, 2014. The facility has a listed capacity of 500 people. The University of Missouri Board of Curators have approved a request for a new softball facility. (KBIA file photo)

COLUMBIA —University of Missouri curators have approved a request by the flagship Columbia campus for a new women’s softball complex and a new facility for indoor football practices.

A master plan for the Columbia campus endorsed by curators Thursday includes the two new athletic facilities. The Read more of this post

An SEC summer update

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Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

Here’s a look around the conference about what’s happening with the SEC and some of Missouri’s upcoming football opponents.

Drawing the line
People ask me now and then why I don’t ever mention point spreads or betting lines on KBIA Sports. Mark Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald recently gave a perfect illustration as to why I’ve always ignored them. His column points out that Georgia is favored in every game in this upcoming season, as it was last season — in which the Dawgs went 8-5. Too many fans (and way too many in sports media, where folks should know better) still think the “Vegas Line” is some grand expert making a credible Read more of this post

SEC honors Mizzou football team for its support of Sam

By The Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Missouri football team was named one of four winners of Southeastern Conference’s annual sportsmanship awards today. The other winners are the Tennessee men’s basketball team, Georgia’s equestrian team and the league’s women’s golf coaches.

Missouri was honored for its support of defensive end Michael Sam, who told teammates in August he was gay but didn’t come out to the public until after the season.

Tennessee was credited for supporting Iowa coach Fran McCaffery, whose son underwent surgery to remove a tumor from his thyroid before the Tennessee-Iowa NCAA tournament game.

A scoring error initially gave Georgia the SEC equestrian title that eventually went to South Carolina. Georgia’s captains asked to present South Carolina with the championship T-shirts they’d initially received.

Women’s golf coaches encouraged Auburn coach Kim Evans after her cancer diagnosis.

The winners were chosen by SEC athletic directors.

Men’s basketball coach Anderson set to make up to $2.45M

By The Associated Press

COLUMBIA — New Missouri basketball coach Kim Anderson is getting a hefty raise at his alma mater after making the jump from Division II Central Missouri.

Anderson will receive a $300,000 base salary and $1.1 million in guaranteed money annually. He’ll get an additional $100,000 for each 20-win season that leads to an NCAA tournament berth; an extra $100,000 if named national coach Read more of this post

Highlights from Mizzou athletic director Alden’s talk with media

Mike Alden talks about the suspension of MU football coach Gary Pinkel on Nov. 17, 2011.

MU athletic director Mike Alden

Missouri Senior Director of Athletics Mike Alden met with media members informally at the Clinton Club in Mizzou Arena on Thursday, here are a few highlights of the discussion.

CHANGES COMING TO NCAA SPORTS?

We discussed the recent moves towards a cohesive group of the so-called “big five” conferences (SEC, Big 12, Pac-12, ACC and Big Ten) that would represent the interests of those schools as opposed to the entirety of the NCAA. The key word in earlier media reports of this issue was “autonomy,” and Alden repeated this as a major goal.

“The goal is for the NCAA and Division I athletics to stay together, to stay under the ‘big tent’ and I believe that’s going to happen.”

“The (key) piece to that is the ability to have some autonomy, to make some decisions to benefit student athletes.”

The big decisions that would be available to schools in these big five that might not be available to smaller schools include such things as providing “full cost of attendance” financial aid to students, medical care for current and former student-athletes, and “lifetime educational opportunities,” Read more of this post

Stangel, three others leaving Mizzou softball team

By Austin Huguelet, Columbia Missourian

Casey Stangel pitched the five inning game against North Dakota State on Saturday. Missouri won 11-2.

Starting pitcher Casey Stangel has left the Missouri program.

COLUMBIA — Four Missouri softball players, including freshman starting pitcher Casey Stangel, are leaving the program, coach Ehren Earleywine said.

“I can confirm that Sarah Moore, Carlie Rose, Kelli Schkade and Casey Stangel are no longer members of our program,” he said in a statement released Wednesday. “We wish Sarah, Carlie, Kelly and Casey the best and thank them and their families for being a part of our program.”

The exact reasons for the four players’ transfers are not clear.

Stangel, a lefthander, posted a 15-10 record with a 3.27 ERA in her first season with the Tigers, including 14 complete games. Stangel was named MaxPreps’ player of the year her senior season for Lake City High School in Couer d’Alene, Idaho, after she compiled a .640 batting average and a perfect 28-0 record with a 0.73 ERA on the mound.

Stangel (15-10) threw seven innings and allowed eight runs, five of which were Read more of this post

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