KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2017, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 24 Jan 2017 21:01:48 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Missouri Valley College Men's Volleyball player earns weekly honor http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-valley-college-men-s-volleyball-player-earns-weekly-honor/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-valley-college-men-s-volleyball-player-earns-weekly-honor/ Sports Mon, 23 Jan 2017 4:34:42 PM Matt Antonic, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri Valley College Men's Volleyball player earns weekly honor

MARSHALL - Missouri Valley College senior Setter Andrea Maggio has been named the Heart of America Athletic Conference Men's Volleyball Setter of the Week. Maggio finished out the week with 108 total assists in three matches.

Maggio is averaging 9.8 assists per game, with a .353 hitting percentage. In a win over Culver-Stockton (Mo.) College at home, Maggio picked up 41 assists, five kills, five digs and three aces. Friday, he recorded a career-high 54 assists in a five-game win on the road at Clarke (Iowa) University.

The Viking men's volleyball team is currently 3-1 on the season, and sits atop the Heart of America Conference with a 3-0 record in conference play. The Vikings next match is Tuesday, at Graceland (Iowa) University, at 7 p.m. 


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Mizzou loses tenth straight to Ole Miss http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-loses-tenth-straight-to-ole-miss/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-loses-tenth-straight-to-ole-miss/ Sports Sat, 21 Jan 2017 5:04:23 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou loses tenth straight to Ole Miss

COLUMBIA - Mizzou basketball lost their tenth consecutive game Saturday, falling to Ole Miss 75-71.

Forward Kevin Puryear scored a career and game -high 26 points to go along with eight rebounds while both sophomore guard Terrence Phillips and senior forward Russel Woods tallied double-doubles for the Tigers (5-13, 0-6).

Mizzou came in to the game as the worst three point shooting team in the nation by percentage but hit 44 percent of their shots from deep.

However, it wasn't enough. The Rebels (12-7, 3-4) were paced by forward Sebastian Saiz who scored a team-high 19 points and recorded a double-double of his own. Saiz is the only player in the SEC averaging a double-double for the season. Sophomore Terence Davis added 19 points and 11 rebounds as well.

The Rebels were sparked by the return of Deandre Burnett. The Miami transfer returned to the court following a two game absence to deal with an ankle injury. He scored 14 points and dished out three assist.

The Tigers trailed late in the second half when sophomore guard Cullen Vanleer made a three point basket while getting fouled to cut the Tiger deficit to 73-71 with six seconds left.

He went on to miss the foul shot which forced Mizzou to foul, putting Ole Miss on the free throw stipe where they would hit both and put the game out of reach. Foul shots were the big difference in the game as the Tigers only made six of their 17 tries while the Rebels hit 17 of their 23.

The Tigers will look to end their losing streak Jan. 25 in Starkville against Mississippi State.


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Porter leaves with injury as Mizzou tumbles against Alabama http://www.komu.com/news/porter-leaves-with-injury-as-mizzou-tumbles-against-alabama/ http://www.komu.com/news/porter-leaves-with-injury-as-mizzou-tumbles-against-alabama/ Sports Fri, 20 Jan 2017 9:34:02 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Porter leaves with injury as Mizzou tumbles against Alabama

COLUMBIA - The eighth-ranked Mizzou Tigers gymnastics team fell for the first time this season to the Alabama Crimson Tide 197.225 to 195.500.

Mizzou (5-1, 1-1) lost all four apparatuses. The biggest blow came on the uneven bars, when a couple of falls put the Tigers in a hole.

Alabama (1-2, 1-0) gained their first win of the season following tough losses to Oklahoma and LSU. It was a complete team effort as 13 different gymnast competed and none participated in all four events.

It didn't get any easier for the Tigers. Before the last rotation on the floor, the reigning SEC Freshman of the Year Morgan Porter suffered an achilles injury during warmups. She was replaced by Madeleine Huber, who finished with a 9.750 on floor.

Freshman Aspen Tucker was a bright spot for Mizzou. She scored the all-around high score from both teams posting a 39.325.

Britney Ward finished with the high score on vault, but the Tide rolled in the other events. Alabama's Katie Bailey posted the high on the uneven parallel bars, Aja Sims had the high on the balance beam, and Kiana Winston had the best score from the floor.

Mizzou is back in action Friday, Jan. 27, on the road at nationally-ranked Georgia. 


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Former Mizzou receiver arrested again http://www.komu.com/news/former-mizzou-receiver-arrested-again/ http://www.komu.com/news/former-mizzou-receiver-arrested-again/ Sports Fri, 20 Jan 2017 2:24:00 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Former Mizzou receiver arrested again

COLUMBIA — Columbia police arrested former Mizzou wide receiver Keyon Dilosa Thursday night, saying he failed to appear in court on a third-degree domestic assault charge that resulted in dismissal from the program.

Dilosa was released after posting the $2,000 bond.

He initially was arrested Nov. 30 following an incident at Harpo's, a downtown Columbia bar in which he allegedly struck a woman in the face.

His court date had been scheduled for Jan. 11.

Dilosa was a member of the 2014 signing class for the Tigers. In two seasons, he made 13 receptions for 93 yards.


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Local Scores: Thursday, January 19, 2017 http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-thursday-january-19-2017/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-thursday-january-19-2017/ Sports Thu, 19 Jan 2017 7:07:01 PM Joey Schneider, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Local Scores: Thursday, January 19, 2017

MID-MISSOURI – Here are some scores from around the area for Thursday, January 19, 2017:

 

NCAA Women’s Basketball

Missouri 78, No. 25 Texas A&M 76 (OT)

NAIA Women’s Basketball

No. 12 Columbia College 95, Central Baptist University 58

No. 9 Lyon College (Ark.) 77, Williams Woods 74 (OT)

Stephens 63, Missouri Baptist University 60

NAIA Men’s Basketball

No. 3 Columbia College 86, Central Baptist College 68

Lyon College (Ark.) 58, Williams Woods 51

Girls’ High School Basketball

Blues Springs South 47, Rock Bridge 44

Boys’ High School Basketball

Russellville 55, Chamois 43

Clopton 58, North Callaway 39

Harrisburg 78, Moberly 69


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Mizzou's Daniel Lewis awarded MAC Wrestler of the Week http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-s-daniel-lewis-awarded-mac-wrestler-of-the-week/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-s-daniel-lewis-awarded-mac-wrestler-of-the-week/ Sports Wed, 18 Jan 2017 7:26:50 PM Travis Breese, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou's Daniel Lewis awarded MAC Wrestler of the Week

COLUMBIA, Mo.-- Missouri Wrestling's Daniel Lewis earned the Mid-American Conference's Wrestler of the Week award. Lewis is the second Tiger to take home the award this season after olympian and teammate J'den Cox did so earlier this month on Jan. 4. This is Lewis' first time receiving the honor. 

Lewis' award comes on the heels of three bonus point road victories without yielding a single point to his opponents. The first was a 12-0 major decision over Austin Weigel of Buffalo on Jan. 12. Lewis was able to record two take downs in the opening period. He then went on to maintain his edge and get the final decision in his favor. 

Lewis next defeated No. 16 Joey Galasso of Cornell by way of a 17-0 technical fall. Lewis finished by defeating Devan Marry of Eastern Michigan on Jan. 15. Lewis wasted no time, scoring 10 points in the first round before eventually taking the match by a score of 12-0. 

This award adds to what has already been a career full of milestones for the 165 pound redshirt sophomore. Lewis was last years MAC Freshman of the Year coming off his fourth place finish at the 2016 NCAA Championships. Lewis is 17-2 on the season. 

Mizzou Wrestling will next be in action at the Hearnes Center on Sunday to host No. 16 Central Michigan. 


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Local Scores: Thursday, January 12, 2017 http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-thursday-january-12-2017/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-thursday-january-12-2017/ Sports Thu, 12 Jan 2017 9:01:33 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Local Scores: Thursday, January 12, 2017

MID-MISSOURI - Here are some scores from around the area for Thursday, January 12, 2017:

NCAA Women's Basketball: 

LSU 80, Missouri 71

NAIA Women's Basketball:

No. 16 Central Methodist 76, Culver-Stockton 64

No. 12 Columbia College 92, Park 75

William Woods 58, Stephens 45

NAIA Men's Basketball: 

No. 6 Columbia College 89, No. 25 Park 73

Central Methodist 81, Culver-Stockton 64

NCAA Division II Men's Basketball:

Lincoln 77, Pittsburg St. 69

 


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Local basketball scores: Wednesday, January 11 http://www.komu.com/news/local-basketball-scores-wednesday-january-11/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-basketball-scores-wednesday-january-11/ Sports Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:04:16 PM Jacob Kornhauser, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Local basketball scores: Wednesday, January 11

Here are local scores from around the area: 

Boys basketball: 

Rock Bridge 69 Warrensburg 41

Smith-Cotton 69 Moberly 57

 

Girls basketball: 

Tolton 76 Hallsville 50

Southern Boone 41 Battle 29


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Hickman, Rock Bridge choose new football coaches http://www.komu.com/news/hickman-rock-bridge-choose-new-football-coaches/ http://www.komu.com/news/hickman-rock-bridge-choose-new-football-coaches/ Sports Wed, 11 Jan 2017 9:47:30 AM Steve Lambson, News Content Manager Hickman, Rock Bridge choose new football coaches

COLUMBIA - The Hickman and Rock Bridge high school football teams will each have a new head coach for the 2017-18 school year, Columbia Public Schools announced Wednesday.

Trevor Rubly has been chosen to lead the Kewpies, while Van Vanatta will lead the Bruins.

Rubly comes from Enid, Okla., where he has been an assistant coach at Enid High School. He has held coaching positions over more than 13 years, including with the University of Missouri, Bacone College, Cisco Junior College, and Warrensburg High School. Rubly has a master's degree in education school and counseling pyschology from the University of Missouri and a bachelor's degree in physical education from Central Missouri State University. He will also work as a full-time teacher at Hickman.

Vanatta comes from a head coaching job at Hazelwood Central High School in Florissant. He also coached baseball at Central Methodist University, and was an assistant baseball and assistanct football coach at University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. Certified in both physical education and health, Vanatta has a master's degree in education foundations from Central Methodist University. He will also work as a full-time teacher at Rock Bridge.


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Local basketball scores: Tuesday, January 10 http://www.komu.com/news/local-basketball-scores-tuesday-january-10/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-basketball-scores-tuesday-january-10/ Sports Tue, 10 Jan 2017 9:38:09 PM Jacob Kornhauser, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Local basketball scores: Tuesday, January 10

Here are scores from around the area: 

Boys basketball: 

Hermann 75 Russellville 34

Linn 67 Belle 59

Fr. Tolton 70 Versailles 47 

New Bloomfield 63 N. Callaway 47


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Report: Carl Edwards won't race in 2017 http://www.komu.com/news/report-carl-edwards-won-t-race-in-2017/ http://www.komu.com/news/report-carl-edwards-won-t-race-in-2017/ Sports Tue, 10 Jan 2017 9:40:31 AM Steve Lambson, News Content Manager Report: Carl Edwards won't race in 2017

COLUMBIA - Carl Edwards, a native of Columbia, will announce a decision to step away from NASCAR, according to several reports released on Tuesday.

Edwards is expected to make the announcement Wednesday morning. ESPN reports Edwards will retire; NBC Sports and Fox Sports said only that he won't race in 2017.

Daniel Suarez will likely take Edwards' place on the Joe Gibbs Racing team. KOMU 8 News has reached out to Joe Gibbs Racing for comment, but has not heard back.

Edwards has raced in the NASCAR Cup Series for 13 years, winning 28 times in nearly 450 starts. He grew up in Columbia, graduating from Rock Bridge High School and briefly attending the University of Missouri-Columbia before breaking into NASCAR.


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Chiefs to host Steelers in AFC Divisional Round next Sunday http://www.komu.com/news/chiefs-to-host-steelers-in-afc-divisional-round-next-sunday/ http://www.komu.com/news/chiefs-to-host-steelers-in-afc-divisional-round-next-sunday/ Sports Sun, 8 Jan 2017 2:48:16 PM Jacob Kornhauser, KOMU 8 Sports Chiefs to host Steelers in AFC Divisional Round next Sunday

KANSAS CITY - The Chiefs will host the Pittsburgh Steelers at 12:05 p.m. on Sunday, January 15 in the AFC Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs. The contest will be broadcast on KOMU 8 in local markets.

Pittsburgh beat the Miami Dolphins 30-12 in the Wild Card Round to advance to face Kansas City. 

Last year marked Kansas City's first playoff win since 1993. They trounced the Houston Texans, 30-0 before falling to the Patriots in a tight 27-20 contest. The last time the Chiefs played the Steelers in the playoffs, they defeated them in the 1993 AFC Wild Card Round 27-20 in overtime. 

This will be the first time since the 2003 season the Chiefs host a divisional playoff game. 

In the regular season, the Chiefs went 12-4 while the Steelers went 11-5. Both teams won their respective divisions. 

Statistically, the Steelers hold an advantage over Kansas City in the passing game. Pittsburgh has the fifth-ranked passing offense in the league, but the teams are evenly matched in the running game on both sides of the ball. 

An x-factor for the Chiefs could be the return game. Keyed by a breakout season from return man Tyreke Hill, Kansas City's special teams unit has been the best in football. Hill was a first-team All-Pro and had more punt return yards by himself than every other team in the NFL. 

The Steelers have more experience in games like this. Where the quarterbacks are concerned, Pittsburgh's signal caller, Ben Roethlisberger, has played in 18 playoff games, going 12-6 while reaching three Super Bowls and winning two. 

Meanwhile, Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith has played in just five playoff games. However, he has performed well in the winter months. In those five games, he has thrown for 11 touchdowns and just one interception to go with an above-average 99.1 passer rating. 

Whoever wins will take on the winner of the Texans-Patriots game on Sunday, January 22. If the Chiefs and Texans win, Kansas City would host the AFC Championship Game. If the Chiefs and Patriots win, Kansas City would travel to Foxborough, Massachusetts to take on the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.

The Chiefs are just two wins from reaching the Super Bowl. They haven't played in the big game since 1970 when they beat the Vikings 23-7 to win Super Bowl IV.

 


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Local sports scores: Friday, January 6 http://www.komu.com/news/local-sports-scores-friday-january-6/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-sports-scores-friday-january-6/ Sports Fri, 6 Jan 2017 9:15:11 PM Jacob Kornhauser, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Local sports scores: Friday, January 6

Local scores from around the area: 

Boys Basketball: 

Linn 43 Wright Co. Home School 37

Hermann 62 South Callaway 54

Rock Bridge 78 Southeast 47

Montgomery Co. 78 North Callaway 64

Harrisburg 85 Scotland County 69

Southern Boone 68 Blair Oaks 67

 

Girls Basketball: 

Southern Boone 56 Osage 25 (Tri-County Conference Championship)

Chamois 47 Metro East Lutheran (JV) 23

South Callaway 68 Russellville 48


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Local sports scores: Thursday, January 5 http://www.komu.com/news/local-sports-scores-thursday-january-5/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-sports-scores-thursday-january-5/ Sports Thu, 5 Jan 2017 8:38:52 PM Samantha Hoffmann, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Local sports scores: Thursday, January 5

COLUMBIA - Sports scores from around the area:

Girls' Basketball

Boonville 74 Fulton 17

North Callaway 55 Montgomery County 51

Women's Basketball

William Woods 65 Williams Baptist 58

(1) Freed-Hardeman 67 (12) Columbia College 44

Men's Basketball

William Woods 82 Williams Baptist 58

(6) Columbia College 93 Freed-Hardeman 78


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Local sports scores: Wednesday, Jan. 4 http://www.komu.com/news/local-sports-scores-wednesday-jan-4/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-sports-scores-wednesday-jan-4/ Sports Wed, 4 Jan 2017 7:44:15 PM Samantha Hoffmann, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Local sports scores: Wednesday, Jan. 4

COLUMBIA - Sports scores from around the area:

Women's Basketball

No. 16 Central Methodist 79, Clarke 72

Mount Mercy 68 Culver-Stockton (Mo.) 57

Men's Basketball

Mount Mercy 80 Culver-Stockton (Mo.) 63

Clarke 83 Central Methodist 81


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Local sports scores: Tuesday, Jan. 3 http://www.komu.com/news/local-sports-scores-tuesday-jan-3/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-sports-scores-tuesday-jan-3/ Sports Tue, 3 Jan 2017 8:17:09 PM Samantha Hoffmann, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Local sports scores: Tuesday, Jan. 3

COLUMBIA - Sports scores from around the area:

Girls Basketball:

South Callaway 52 Chamois 16

Higbee 58 Missouri School for the Deaf 30 

Blair Oaks 87 Versailles 19

Boys Basketball:

Hermann 66 Belle 41

Womens Basketball:

Lindenwood (IL) 66 William Woods 63

Mens Basketball:

Lindenwood (IL 89 William Woods 88


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Columbia College's Ashlee Marlatt named AMC Player of the Week http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-s-ashlee-marlatt-named-amc-player-of-the-week/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-s-ashlee-marlatt-named-amc-player-of-the-week/ Sports Tue, 3 Jan 2017 4:38:55 PM Jacob Kornhauser, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Columbia College's Ashlee Marlatt named AMC Player of the Week

COLUMBIA - After a pair of solid performances, including a perfect shooting night, Columbia College's Ashlee Marlatt earned AMC Player of the Week honors. 

Marlatt, the star of Columbia College's women's basketball team, shot 6-for-6 from the floor, 4-for-4 from three, and 3-for-3 from the line against Stephens College on Thursday, a 91-42 Cougars win. She added to that with a 15-point performance Saturday in Columbia College's 88-58 win over Missouri Baptist University. 

Marlatt, a 5' 6" sophomore from St. James, Missouri, is averaging 12.1 points per game this season and ranks 13th in the NAIA in steals. She is shooting 41 percent from the floor and 38 percent from behind the arc. 

Her strong play has helped key the Cougars to their hot 12-2 start. They look to continue their winning ways against top-ranked Freed-Hardeman University in Tennessee on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. 


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Hockey takes over Busch Stadium as the Winter Classic comes to St. Louis http://www.komu.com/news/hockey-takes-over-busch-stadium-as-the-winter-classic-comes-to-st-louis/ http://www.komu.com/news/hockey-takes-over-busch-stadium-as-the-winter-classic-comes-to-st-louis/ Sports Mon, 2 Jan 2017 9:21:43 AM Corey Miller, KOMU Sports 8 Reporter Hockey takes over Busch Stadium as the Winter Classic comes to St. Louis

ST. LOUIS - Professional hockey has called the "Gateway to the West" home for 50 years. On Monday St. Louis Blues fans got to experience the thrill of an outdoor game for the first time ever.

The anticipation for the 2017 Winter Classic between the Blues and the Chicago Blackhawks was almost immeasurable. Since the games announcement in March, the city of St. Louis has been teeming with excitement. 

That excitement showed itself early, as fans packed the home of the Cardinals for the Winter Classic Alumni Game on Saturday. 

Blues and Blackhawks legends of the past treated the crowd to an entertaining clash, with the Blues Alumni emerging with an 8-7 win. 

The thrills of the weekend carried over to the actual game on Monday, despite the looming question of a possible postponement due to a possible wet forecast.

Although the rain tried its best to dampen the mood, once Bobby and Brett Hull dropped the ceremonial first pucks, the rivalry took its biggest stage yet.

Chicago would put some of their Winter Classic experience to use right off the bat. Defenseman Michal Kempny put the Blackhawks on the scoreboard just over a minute into the game. 

The Blues would not stay silent for long. Veteran defenseman Jay Bouwmeester was able to use a few nifty moves to get behind the Chicago net, and then sent a perfect pass to Patrik Berglund who buried the equalizing goal.

The game would remain tied all the way into the third until St. Louis star Vladimir Tarasenko decided to take over. Tarasenko scored two goals less than two minutes apart ant put the game out of reach.

Alexander Steen added an empty-netter for good measure to finish off the Blackhawks and give the Blues a 4-1 win in their Winter Classic debut.

 


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Season in Review: Missouri Tigers Football http://www.komu.com/news/season-in-review-missouri-tiger-football/ http://www.komu.com/news/season-in-review-missouri-tiger-football/ Sports Wed, 28 Dec 2016 4:33:02 PM Kylie Callura, Mark Kim and Jake Schnierow, KOMU 8 Sports Reporters Season in Review: Missouri Tigers Football

COLUMBIA - Gary Pinkel left the Missouri football team and rookie coach Barry Odom with all the tools for success - two back-to-back SEC Championship berths, two bowl victories and promising young talent. But after finishing the 2016 season with a 4-8 record and only two conference wins, Tiger fans were left wondering what went wrong.

November 2015

Pinkel ended his 15-year era with 118 wins, making him the winningest coach in program history. He announced his resignation on Nov. 13, 2015, citing his diagnosis with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma as his reason for stepping down. 

While abrupt and shocking to many in the Mizzou family, Pinkel's resignation address left fans with hope for the future.

"I think somebody is going to come in here and take this to a whole different level, that's what my hope is," Pinkel said. 

December 2015

Enter Barry Odom. Hired prior to the 2015 as defensive coordinator under Pinkel, Odom was no stranger to the University of Missouri. 

Odom was a highly successful linebacker for the Tigers from 1996-1999. He returned to the program in 2004 and held several positions until 2011 including Director of Football Recruiting, Director of Football Operations, Assistant Athletic Director of Football Operations and Safeties coach. 

With a resume like that and additional experience in Memphis, Odom was a clear pick for the athletic department to fill Pinkel's record-setting shoes.

"You're going to be proud of the product that we put in the classroom, in society, and on the football field," Odom said.

The change at head coach led to changes throughout the program.

Shortly after taking the reins, Odom knighted Utah State's Josh Heupel as offensive coordinator to help Drew Lock develop his skills in the pocket for his sophomore season and beyond. 

Though Missouri's offense may not have looked good on the field in 2016, the stat book tells a different story.

The Tigers finished in the bottom five in the FBS in points per game in 2015 but with Heupel in the driver's seat for Missouri's up-tempo offense, the team more than doubled its points per game in 2016.

Changes came on the other side of the ball as well. Odom brought in longtime friend and TCU's linebackers coach Demontie Cross and defensive line coach Jackie Shipp from Arizona State. 

Unlike the offense, the defense took a step back. D-Line Zou allowed more than 500 yards per game. That's nearly twice as much as in 2015. 

September 2016

Previous success aside, Missouri was looking for its new identity under a new head coach and coordinators. 

Drew Lock retained his starting spot at quarterback for the Tigers but his struggles mounted early on against West Virigina when Missouri dropped its first game of the season in Morgantown, 26-11. 

To bounce back, the Tigers rocked Eastern Michigan on home turf on Sept. 10. Drew Lock showed his arm against the Eagles, throwing for a career-high 450 yards. He also tied the school record with five touchdown passes. Completing 24 of 37 passes, Lock led the Tigers to a 61-21 win. 

With mojo flowing at home, Missouri welcomed its first conference opponent on Sept. 17. The Tigers ultimately suffered crippling defeat by the Georgia Bulldogs. 

After the Bulldogs converted a fourth down to take the lead late, wide receiver J'Mon Moore fumbled the ball on the final drive of the game. The Tigers lost 28-27. 

Odom hugged every single player on their way off the field that night. He told them the crushing loss wasn't their fault.

"I had to do a lot of maturing and it kind of hurt," Odom said. "Really kind of beating myself up a lot after that loss so I just had to put it behind me."

The next week, the Tigers pulled their tails out from between their legs to host Delaware State, their second non-Power Five opponent of the season. Missouri scored a school-record 79 points and shut out Delaware State on Sept. 24. 

October 2016

October brought tough conference play for the Tigers and no victories - home or away - including the team's third loss on Homecoming in the last five seasons. 

The SEC downspiral may have started with Georgia, but picked up with LSU. On Missouri's first trip to Baton Rouge, Derrius Guice and LSU's offense ran all over Cross' defense. Missouri allowed 42 points and its sole touchdown came on a 21-yard trick play pass from Lock to Eric Laurent in the fourth quarter. 

The Tigers faced a similar outcome on the road in Gainesville. The Florida Gators scored 21 points off Missouri turnovers. The highlight for the Tigers in the 40-14 loss to the Gators came from defensive tackle Josh Augusta. Augusta scored his first career touchdown in the third-quarter with a diving rush from the one-yard line.  

In the Homecoming game on Oct. 22, Missouri gave up more than 50 points to non-Power Five Middle Tennessee State. The 51-45 loss forced Odom to strip Cross of his defensive play calling duties. 

"I've got an opportunity to go help that side out and I'm going to do it," Odom said. "I've been trying to balance both sides along with some of the other things and I need to spend my focus there." 

The losses on the field strayed from just losing games when the team started losing players. 

Linebacker Michael Scherer's senior season came to an end when he tore his ACL and MCL. Scherer was the face of the Missouri defense with 39 tackles and an interception against Delaware State. 

"I've got two sons and if they grow up and they're like Michael Scherer then I know I did something right as a dad," Odom said. 

Another hit to the defense came when defensive tackle Terry Beckner, Jr. suffered a similar fate, tearing his ACL for the second straight season. Beckner, Jr., while less impressive on the books than Scherer, was still a force for the defensive line, leading all tacklers with 20. 

Without its two leading defenders, Missouri struggled against conference opponent Kentucky at home on Oct. 29. Unable to stop Stanley 'Boom' Williams and the Cats, the Tigers gave up 582 yards of total offense in the 35-21 loss. 

The string of losses at home and on the road played a role in the decline of fans visiting Faurot Field. Take a look at the recent trends:

November 2016

Following the trend of SEC losses, Missouri opened November with a 31-21 loss to South Carolina in the other Columbia. 

The Tigers seemed to buy in late in the season, though, returning home with a 2-7 record to host conference rival Vanderbilt. Missouri knocked off the Commodores 26-17 for its long-awaited first conference win of the season and first win in over a month.

"It wasn't always pretty. You know, we made, we made ourselves really work for it tonight. I was excited to finish one and get that win," Odom said.

That high only lasted a week. When the Tigers traveled to Knoxville on Nov. 19, they packed up and left with a 63-37 loss.

Missouri came out just a handful of yards shy of setting a program record of total yards in a single game against Tennessee yet defensive collapses lost the game for the Tigers. 

Team turmoil continued off the field.

Freshman running back and breakout star against the Vols Damarea Crockett was arrested for possession of marijuana before the final game of the year against Arkansas. 

The ship went even further off course when Missouri defensive line coach Jackie Shipp was fired for conduct detrimental to the team. 

When Rivalry Week rolled in, Missouri's collective team problems were in the spotlight. The Tigers were without two starting defensive standouts, a starting running back and the defensive staff was in an upheavel.

The first half of the Battle Line Rivalry game was ugly. J'Mon Moore scored the Tigers' only touchdown on a fumble recovery and the Razorbacks' run game trampled all over Faurot Field. 

The second half was something of a miracle for Missouri. After a trip to the locker room, the Tigers returned to the field to score 21 unanswered points to take the trophy back from Akransas, 28-24. 

With the Pinkel years in the past, Odom and the Tigers will take the turmoil of 2016 with a grain of salt and prepare for the future of Missouri football, hoping the end-of-the-season high lasts longer than one Fall afternoon. 

Missouri will begin the 2017 season against a coach familiar to many in Columbia as it hosts Dave Steckel and the Missouri State Bears at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 2. 

Infographics created by Mark Kim and Jake Schnierow, KOMU 8 Sports Reporters.


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MU football announces new south end zone upgrades http://www.komu.com/news/mu-football-announces-new-south-end-zone-upgrades/ http://www.komu.com/news/mu-football-announces-new-south-end-zone-upgrades/ Sports Fri, 16 Dec 2016 4:15:08 PM Austin Hough and Jacob Kornhauser, KOMU 8 Sports Reporters MU football announces new south end zone upgrades

COLUMBIA - After years of planning and fundraising, Mizzou Athletics announced Friday renderings of what the new south end zone project at Faurot Field will look like.

At a press conference Friday, Missouri Athletic Director Jim Sterk announced the project will cost closer to $90-100 million, which is higher than the original estimate of $75 million. 

As apart of the project, the entire south end zone will be replaced with the new structure. The construction is expected to take two years. 

In an additional press release statement, Sterk said “We believe it’s a better option to take down the existing south bowl, rather than leaving the structure up and retrofitting around it. We’ve said all along that we are doing this with the intent of making it one of the best facilities in the nation, and that’s exactly what we’re planning.”

The new complex is expected to add nearly 5,000 seats to Faurot Field. These seats include premium suites, private club seating, and more public seating closer to the field. 

The complex will also feature a new football operations room, including coaches offices, equipment and workout rooms, and team meeting rooms with virtual reality simulation. 

The announcement comes after over $40 million has been raised in the past four months for the project since Sterk became the AD. He said Friday more donations may soon be coming as well.

“It’s very encouraging, but we are still working hard. We have had some promising conversations with potential contributors, and we hope to continue making those exciting gift announcements going forward,” Sterk said.

The project will be up for approval by the UM Board of Curators in February. No word yet on when official construction would begin.


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