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

Missouri Coach Frank Haith To Become Tulsa Coach

Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith during an exhibition game on Oct. 29, 2012, at Mizzou Arena. Haith is in his second year at Missouri. Photo by Karen Mitchell

ESPN is reporting that Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith shown here during an exhibition game on Oct. 29, 2012, will be the next men’s basketball coach at Tulsa.

By Michael Losch and Cody Mroczka

COLUMBIA – Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith has reached a verbal agreement with Tulsa to become the next head basketball coach, according to ESPN basketball insider, Jeff Goodman.

Reports from multiple media outlets began circulating this afternoon saying Haith had emerged as a front-runner to replace Danny Manning, who accepted the coaching position at Wake Forest. He coached the Golden Hurricane to the NCAA tournament this season.

According to Frank Cusumano of KSDK television in St. Louis, Haith called a team meeting with players at 2:45 p.m. But Gabe DeArmond of Power Mizzou reported that Haith did not tell his players he was leaving.

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Missouri tennis survives in SEC tournament first round


Story and pictures by Ky Bright 

No. 13 seed Missouri shutout No.12 seed Arkansas for a 4-0 match victory in the first round of the SEC women’s tennis tournament on Wednesday at the Mizzou Tennis Complex.

The Tigers captured the doubles point with victories in the No. 1 and No. 3 sets. Missouri singles won three sets out of six to secure the victory. Missouri will advance to face No. 5 seed Texas A&M on Thursday at 5:00 p.m.

Singles Results

  1. Cierra Gaytan-Leach, Missouri defeated Shannon Hudson, Arkanasas 7-6(7-3), 7-5
  2. Kelli Hine, Missouri vs. Yang Pang, Arkansas 6-1, 4-6, 4-5 unfinished
  3. Rachel Stuhlmann, Missouri vs. Sarah McLean, Arkansas 0-6, 6-2, 4-4 unfinished
  4. Madison Rhyner, Missouri defeated Oleksandra Shkorupeieva, Arkansas 7-5, 6-3
  5. Alex Clark, Missouri vs. Kimberly-Ann Surin, Arkansas 5-7, 6-0, 4-1 unfinished
  6. Cassidy Spearman, Missouri defeated Flavia Araujo, Arkansas 6-3, 6-1

Doubles Results

  1. Cierra Gayan-Leach/Rachel Stuhlmann, Missouri defeated Kimberly-Ann Surin/Shannon Hudson, Arkansas 8-3
  2. Yang Pang/Oleksandra Shorupeleva, Arkansas defeated Alex Clark/Madison Rhyner 8-1
  3. Kelli Hine/Cassidy Spearman, Missouri defeated Sarah McLean/Flavia Araujo, Arkansas 8-6

Missouri set to host SEC women’s tennis tournament

By Ky Bright

Missouri will host its first SEC women’s tennis tournament beginning Wednesday at the Mizzou Tennis Complex.

In only its second SEC season, coach Sasha Schmid said hosting the tournament is a very important event for the program.

“We‘re really excited about the tournament. It truly is the best tennis in the nation,” Schmid said.

The Tigers enter the tournament as the No. 13 seed after finishing the regular season with a 1-12 conference record. Missouri will look for its first SEC tournament victory against 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)

Missouri Tennis gets first SEC victory

By Ky Bright 

The Missouri women’s tennis team captured its first conference victory over Mississippi State 4-2. The Tigers came into the match with a 0-11 conference record. Head coach Sasha Schmid gathered the team before the start of the match and told them how it would play out.

“I have a vision of how this is going to go. Let me tell you. I think Alex is going to clinch it,” said coach Schmid.

A little over three hours later coach’s vision came to reality as Alex Clark clinched the victory for the Tigers with a cross-court forehand winner. Clark dropped her racquet and embraced her coach as the rest of the team followed.

“It’s so so emotional and it just feels great,” said Clark.

This was Clark’s first victory since the passing of her mother in December 2013. Clark’s mother, Ali Clark lost her battle with breast cancer. Ali Clark was the one who taught Alex Clark the game of tennis and her mom was her best friend said coach Schmid. Ali Clark was huge fan of Missouri tennis she said. Her mom’s passing would sideline her for most of the season until the beginning of April.

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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.

Missouri basketball dismisses Zach Price

By Cody Mroczka

COLUMBIA – Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith dismissed Zach Price from the team Thursday following the junior forward’s two arrests last week.

Haith released a statement through the school this afternoon.

“Last week’s situation was unacceptable and after a review, I have decided that Zach will no longer be a part of our program,” Haith said. “Our program represents the entire university and needs to be an asset. That’s my responsibility as our head coach at Mizzou and we’ll get it fixed.”

Price was arrested on suspicion of  Read more of this post


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