Thinking Out Loud, Saturday Sports: Spring football, Frank Haith and Missouri Mavericks

Darren Hellwege logoFrank Martin as Missouri’s next men’s basketball coach? Well, maybe. Listen as Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about where this leaves Tiger men’s basketball. Matter also talks about football as the Tigers play their Black and Gold spring game. This week we also hear from former Missouri men’s basketball coach Frank Haith who took a coaching job at Tulsa, and from athletic director Mike Alden about Haith’s departure. Daniel Shapiro introduces us to some loyal hockey fans in Missouri, and not just in St. Louis. And lastly we’ll wrap up a doubleheader win for Mizzou softball including a pair of homers for freshman Natalie Fleming.



Length: 59:39.

TV providers optimistic about negotiations with SEC Network

Story and photos by Philip Joens

A fire truck carrying Missouri cheerleaders, Truman the Tiger and a videographer rolls down Rollins Street in front of Tiger Plaza on March 4, 2014, to take part in the filming of a commercial for the upstart SEC Network. The network is scheduled to launch in August. Photo by Philip Joens.

A fire truck carrying Missouri cheerleaders, Truman the Tiger and a videographer rolls down Rollins Street in front of Tiger Plaza on March 4, 2014, to take part in the filming of a commercial for the upstart SEC Network. The network is scheduled to launch in August.

Cameras rolled as Truman the Tiger frolicked in a gold fire truck, driving past MU’s Tiger Plaza where students gathered, chanting “Miz-Zou” on March 4.

ESPN was in Columbia to film a commercial for the new SEC Network as part of an ad campaign that is scheduled to start running later this month. The campaign will spotlight one unique thing about each of the Read more of this post

Mizzou baseball loses 3-2 in 11 innings

Eric Anderson (44) objects to being called out by third base umpire Todd Henderson in Friday's game. Missouri’s Josh Lester bunted to try to move Anderson to third base.

Eric Anderson (44) objects to being called out by third base umpire Todd Henderson in Friday’s game. Missouri’s Josh Lester bunted to try to move Anderson to third base.

By Erik Hall

After holding on for four innings, the Missouri baseball team lost 3-2 in 11 innings against Mississippi State on Friday.

The Tigers scored first, with a run in the third inning. Mississippi State responded with two runs in the fourth and Missouri tied it up in the bottom of the sixth. Mississippi State’s Seth Heck scored the game-winning run on a single by Read more of this post

Haith leaves Mizzou, excited for chance to build program at Tulsa

Missouri begins search for new men’s basketball coach

By The Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. —Tulsa hired Frank Haith of Missouri as its men’s basketball coach Friday, landing a major-conference coach to lead the Golden Hurricane’s transition from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference this summer.

The 48-year-old Haith said the move came quickly: He was contacted Thursday and was particularly interested by Tulsa’s upcoming move to the home of national champion UConn and teams like Memphis and Cincinnati.

“It’s truly a blessing,” Haith said. “There’s no question that Tulsa’s move into the American Athletic Conference was a Read more of this post

Talking Out Loud: Dorial Green-Beckham and Mizzou tennis

Darren Hellwege logoOn the show host Darren Hellwege discusses the dismissal of Dorial Green-Beckham from the Missouri football program. He talks with Bob Fescoe of 610 Sports radio in Kansas City and we’ll hear cuts from the news conference with MU athletics director Mike Alden.

We’ll also have coverage of the first scrimmage of MU’s spring football drills, and a big win on an important weekend for the Tigers women’s tennis team.



Length: 59:10.
(This show aired on KBIA 91.3 on Saturday, April 12, 2014)

Full interview video from Mike Alden news conference

By Mary Kate Burgess

This is the unedited video from the news conference. Length: 16:59


Mike Alden, director of athletics for the University of Missouri, talks with media on Friday, April 10, 2014, about the dismissal of wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham from the Mizzou football team. Green-Beckham, a junior, has been involved in several incidents which Alden and coach Gary Pinkel said were not the behavior the university wants from its student athletes.

“Actions we’ve seen such as what we have seen over the past couple months are unacceptable,” Alden said. “That is not the way we are going to represent the University of Missouri, and the thing that is so unfortunate is the significant majority of our kids are doing amazing things.”

Green-Beckham dismissed from Mizzou football team

By Philip Joens

 

MU Director of Athletics Mike Alden, left, talks with the media regarding the dismissal of Dorial Green-Beckham from the football team on Friday, April 10, 2014. Photo by Philip Joens

MU Director of Athletics Mike Alden, left, talks with the media regarding the dismissal of Dorial Green-Beckham from the football team on Friday, April 10, 2014. Photo by Philip Joens

Since the day Dorial Green-Beckham committed to play for Missouri’s football team on Feb. 1, 2012 MU students have chanted “DGB! DGB! DGB!”

Those chants will not be heard at Faurot Field anymore.

Green-Beckham was dismissed from Missouri’s football team Friday after an incident on Sunday in which he was accused of shoving his girlfriend’s roommate down four stairs. Green-Beckham was the second MU student athlete dismissed this week after Zach Price was dismissed from the basketball team

At a news conference Friday MU Director of Athletics Mike Alden said the athletic department will not tolerate behavior like this from any student athlete.

“Actions we’ve seen such as what we have seen over the past couple months are unacceptable. That is not the way we are going to represent the University of Missouri, and the thing that is so unfortunate is the significant majority of our kids are doing amazing things.”

Green-Beckham was suspended indefinitely from the football team on Monday for what the athletic Read more of this post

Green-Beckham won’t be charged in burglary investigation, witness fears possible backlash

By Philip Joens

COLUMBIA — Columbia police announced Thursday that no arrests will be made in a burglary investigation involving Missouri receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.

“Based on the information obtained during the investigation there will be no arrests made in this case,” Columbia Police spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said in a news release.

Coach Gary Pinkel announced the junior receiver’s indefinite suspension Monday for an unspecified violation of team rules.

According a police report, Green-Beckham unlawfully entered a residence at 310 Old Plank Rd. at 2:36 a.m. Sunday. According to the report, the case was closed mostly because victims and witnesses feared retaliation and harassment for bringing a criminal complaint against the star football player.

Green-Beckham, a Springfield native, was the No. 1 high school recruit in 2012 and has been a starter for the team.

According to the report, Green-Beckham entered the residence looking for his girlfriend. Her roommate expected guests to arrive, so she opened the door of the apartment. When she saw Green-Beckham approaching, she tried to shut the door. The roommate said Green-Beckham forced his way in with enough force that the doorknob went through the drywall of an adjacent wall.

After breaking into the apartment, the roommate said Green-Beckham went further into the residence looking for his girlfriend. According to the report, he descended a flight of stairs and shoved another female victim in the chest, causing her to fall down four stairs.

When police responded at 3:31 a.m., the female victim had slight bruising and swelling of her right wrist and could hardly move fingers on her right hand.

Responding officer Michael Kile said in the report that after talking to the two roommates, he filed an arrest warrant for Green-Beckham on a felony charge of first-degree burglary. Later that night, the two women went to the Columbia Police Department and filled out “decline of prosecution” forms.

The report says one victim was, “afraid of the media and community backlash since Green-Beckham is a football player at the University of Missouri and is possibly going to be in the NFL draft soon.”

Jill Schlude, assistant police chief for Columbia, told KFRU-AM earlier this week that police investigations of Missouri athletes in the college town are routinely hampered by wary witnesses.

“If you’re a Mizzou student, do you want to be the person who, to use their terminology, ‘snitched out’ somebody who’s this big athlete, star on campus, whatever?” she said. “There’s a lot of pressure there sometimes on the students.”

Due to the fears of reprisals and physical harm, KBIA Sports is withholding the names of the alleged victims.

The other victim also decided not to press charges because, “she did not want to put her friend … through the mental stress of it as well as being afraid of retaliation against her and her property.”

Green-Beckham’s girlfriend sent 16 text messages throughout the day on Sunday to one of her roommates. In the texts, the girlfriend pressured her roommate into declining prosecution. She said in a text, “Can you call me? Or the police department? And not have him arrested.” And a few texts later: “We just need to move quickly on this before he’s arrested and before his warrant is made public.”

His girlfriend pressed her roommate several times to decline prosecution to help Green-Beckham’s football career, saying “Dorial was wrong in every way and you have a every right to be furious. But football is really all he has going for him and pressing charges would ruin it for him completely.”

Green-Beckham’s girlfriend continued, saying in another text, “He deserves to pay somehow, but without football he has nothing. He wouldn’t be in a real job. He’d be in the streets and in prison like his brothers.”

In the text conversation, Green-Beckham’s girlfriend said that he, “drug me out by my neck and hurt me too.” In a follow up interview with Detective Alma Ashbury, she denied that Green-Beckham hurt her. The report describes her as “extremely uncooperative”.

One of the female victims reported that Missouri coaches talked to Green-Beckham’s girlfriend and explained the seriousness of the matter:

“He will be kicked out of Mizzou and the not (sic) qualify for the draft next year. The coaches talked to me and explained to e (sic) how serious this is and there’s no time to waste at this point.”

According to Ashbury though, the girlfriend denied that the coaching staff had approached her, despite admitting that she had sent a text to her roommate that Missouri coaches had come to her to make sure the charges would be dropped.

MU Athletics could not be reached for comment.

This is Green-Beckham’s third incident with police since he arrived at MU. In January, he was arrested along with two men after Springfield police found a pound of marijuana in their car. No criminal charges have been filed in that case. Green-Beckham was also charged in October 2012 with marijuana possession in Columbia and later pleaded guilty to second-degree trespassing. He and two teammates were reportedly smoking pot in a campus parking lot near Memorial Stadium.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this story.

Mark Phelps the latest assistant to leave Mizzou men’s basketball program

By Michael Losch

COLUMBIA – Former Missouri men’s basketball assistant coach Mark Phelps announced on Tuesday that he is leaving the program to serve under first-year coach Steve Wojciechowski at Marquette.

Phelps is the fifth assistant to leave in Missouri coach Frank Haith’s three-year tenure. The reasons for each departure may vary but all were with the Tigers for just one season with the exception of Ryan Miller who stayed two months.

 

ASSISTANT BEFORE MISSOURI NEW JOB TIME SPENT AT MISSOURI
Mark Phelps  Drake head coach 2008-2013 Marquette assistant coach June 2013 –
April 2014
Rick Carter Western Michigan assistant coach, 2008-2012 Xavier assistant coach Sept. 2012 –
June 2013
Ryan Miller New Mexico assistant coach, 2007-2012 Auburn assistant coach May 2012 –
July 2012
Isaac Chew Murray State assistant coach, 2007-2011 Illinois assistant coach April 2011 –
April 2012
Ernie Nestor Director of Basketball Operations, Penn State 2010-2011 Navy assistant coach April 2011 –
June 2012

 

Two of Haith’s hires are still with Missouri. Assistant coach Dave Leitao was hired in 2012 after coaching the NBA Development League Maine Red Claws. Associate head coach Tim Fuller, who came to the Tigers after serving as a Louisville assistant, is the only one who has been with Missouri for all three seasons.

Haith will be making his eighth assistant hire to replace Phelps.

Mauk more comfortable as Missouri QB 


By The Associated Press

COLUMBIA — Walking to practice one day this spring, Maty Mauk let his mind wander.

The Missouri quarterback thought about the “little things” that have changed in the first few practices of his second season playing with the Tigers, such as throwing a pass before a receiver cuts across the field, rather than after.

“The speed of the game went way down for me and now I can just go out there and be me,” Mauk said.

Even if he wasn’t quite himself last fall, Mauk impressed nearly everyone during his freshman season. He started four Read more of this post

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