Thinking Out Loud Saturday Sports: TAMU preview

Darren Hellwege logoDarren Hellwege talks with Sam Khan, Jr., who covers Texas A&M and SEC football for ESPN.com. They talk about the Aggies’ freshman quarterback sensation Kyle Allen and Saturday’s game in College Station between A&M and Mizzou.

Darren Hellwege is a member of the United States Basketball Writers Association and Football Writers Association of America. 

Twitter: @kbiahellwege

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Missouri travels south to take on Texas A&M Aggies

By Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

COLUMBIA — The Missouri football team heads south this weekend to take on Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. The Tigers (7-2, 4-1) are looking to remain in the driver’s seat of the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division with a win. Both teams are trending upward. Missouri has rattled off three straight victories since getting blanked by Georgia 34-0 at home. Texas A&M (7-3, 3-3) has won two straight games — including a wild 41-38 victory over Auburn last weekend — since getting throttled by Alabama 59-0 on Oct. 18. Here are four things to watch for when the Tigers and Aggies kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday: Read more of this post

Thinking Out Loud: Kenya Dennis

Darren Hellwege logoDarren Hellwege talks with Missouri starting cornerback Kenya Dennis about his path from small-town Leland, Mississippi and junior college life to playing in the Southeastern Conference for the Tigers. Dennis and Mizzou travel to College Station, Texas, to take on the Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday.


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Mizzou women’s soccer player honored

By Greg Dailey, KBIA Sports

Redshirt junior Brittanee Randle is the Mizzou women’s soccer team’s representative to the Southeastern Conference’s Soccer Community Service Team.

According to the secsports.com, Read more of this post

Media Day Notes: Missouri prepares to play without two starters

By Brandon Kiley, KBIA Sports 

The big news out of Missouri football media day on Monday was the indefinite suspension of starting cornerback Aarion Penton. The suspension comes after Penton was arrested early Friday morning for possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana, a misdemeanor in Columbia.

“These are young guys,” Missouri cornerbacks coach Cornell Ford said. “They all make mistakes, just like my kids. I try to treat them just like (my kids). We move on, we learn from it, and hopefully they don’t make the same mistakes again. We try to use this as a teaching moment.”

Penton’s suspension comes at an inopportune time for the Tigers. Read more of this post

Missouri Women’s Soccer Returns to NCAAs, Renews Border War

by Greg Dailey, KBIA Sports

After failing to make the postseason tournament last year, the Missouri Tiger women’s soccer team posted an 11-6-3 record to earn the sixth NCAA tournament birth in program history.

Missouri last appeared in the NCAA tournament in 2012 but fell to Illinois in penalty kicks. Missouri now returns to the tournament to take on a familiar foe, the Kansas Jayhawks.

The Tigers last squared off against the Jayhawks in 2011, when Missouri scored three goals in the final six minutes to take a dramatic 3-2 victory.

The Tigers trail in the overall series 9-10-1 but have also won the last three against the Jayhawks.

The Tigers have knocked off four teams that also earned NCAA tournament bids this season, all from the Southeastern Conference. Missouri has beaten Kentucky, South Carolina, Georgia and Arkansas.

Missouri faces Kansas Sunday at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kansas at 1 p.m.

Big second half win gives Missouri the win over UMSL in exhibition 77-54

By Tim Leible, KBIA Sports 

The Tigers got off to a sluggish start in their final exhibition of the season against University of Missouri – St. Louis. Poor rebounding and foul trouble inside caused Missouri to stray away from its game plan. The Tigers caught fire at the end of the first half to take a 39-34 lead. They buried UMSL in the second half.  Johnathan Williams III played well in his return to action, scoring 13 points and gathering up 12 rebounds. The offensive stars of the game, however, were Montaque Gill-Caesar and Keith Shamburger. Gill-Caesar scored 19 points, while Shamburger put up 13 points and had six assists. One major upside for Missouri is that its two primary point guards, Shamburger and Wes Clark, combined for 10 assists and no turnovers.

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Missouri cornerback Aarion Penton arrested for marijuana possession

Aarion Penton

Aarion Penton

Missouri starting cornerback Aarion Penton was arrested early Friday morning for misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Penton was arrested at 1:40 a.m. Friday at the corner of Virginia Avenue and Rollins Street by Columbia police.

Team spokesman Chad Moller confirmed that Penton has been suspended indefinitely following the arrest. The Tigers have a bye this week and it is unclear if Penton will be re-instated in time for Missouri’s game against Texas A&M on November 15.

Penton was also arrested for possession of marijuana in March along with another football player and two Missouri basketball players.

Penton, a sophomore from CBC High School in St. Louis, has started all nine games for Missouri. He has 26 tackles, five pass break ups and two interceptions on the year.

Missouri is already without starting safety Braylon Webb for the first half against Texas A&M after Webb was ejected for targeting in Missouri’s win against Kentucky last week.

Snubbed by home state programs, Brothers finds home at Mizzou

by  Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

Kentrell Brothers grew up wanting to play for the Oklahoma Sooners or the Oklahoma State Cowboys. When neither offered him a  scholarship, he chose Mizzou. Now a redshirt junior, Brothers is thriving in his role as a weakside linebacker. KBIA Sports’ Christian Clark has more

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Missouri Tigers round-up

Fall sports are winding down, basketball just getting started for Mizzou

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Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

As KBIA moves into pledge drive mode, it’s a crazy busy week for me, but here are a few random thoughts on several issues related to Mizzou sports.

FOOTBALL: Tigers getting defensive

Throughout the Pinkel Renaissance in Missouri football, Tiger teams have tended to win with outstanding offense and a defense that was good enough to win most of the time. It’s interesting to see a different style of winning this year with as the Tigers have struggled on offense but have won with great play by the defense. Most people are scratching their heads wondering how the Tigers could be 7-2 and in first place in the SEC East, but it’s not a complicated answer—defense.

And it’s not just the line, although as Shane Ray’s sack record is celebrated it’s obvious the line is the strength of this Read more of this post

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