KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Football Football en-us Copyright 2016, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:07:39 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 MIzzou DE Charles Harris could be next man up to represent "D-Line Zou" http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-de-charles-harris-could-be-next-man-up-to-represent-d-line-zou-/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-de-charles-harris-could-be-next-man-up-to-represent-d-line-zou-/ Football Sun, 17 Jul 2016 9:15:11 PM Chris Turner, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter MIzzou DE Charles Harris could be next man up to represent

HOOVER, ALABAMA - Aldon Smith, Sheldon Richardson, Kony Ealy, Markus Golden, and Shane Ray. 

Since 2011, Missouri football has had five defensive lineman selected in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft, strengthening the "D-Line Zou" reputation that the Missouri program powers itself on. 

Junior Defensive Lineman Charles Harris could be the sixth. 

Following a 2015 season in which he led the Southeastern Conference in tackles for loss (18.5), and the team in sacks (7.0), Harris is receiving recognition from around the country before the 2016 season begins. He was selected to both the Bednarik and Nagurksi award watch lists, given to the best defensive player in college football. At SEC Media Days last week, Harris was voted to the preseason All-SEC second team, the only Tiger to be voted to the preseason all-conference team. 

"I had to look up those awards," Harris said. "I had to look them up and see what they actually meant. It's kind of 'embarassing', but at the same time its kind of fun not knowing exactly what's going on. It's just another award I can strive to achieve."

The Tigers finished last year at 5-7, just short of a third straight bowl berth. Despite the early end to the season, Missouri finished as one of the best defenses in college football, ranking 6th in total defense. Harris will be looked at as a leader of a defense that returns almost its entire front seven. 

"I want him to be him," said new head coach Barry Odom. "We've talked a number of times on, you know, you do carry a heavy weight on your shoulders on being really good."

"For the most part, there's no extra pressure," Harris said. "It's just another season, another game. If I don't perform, I don't perform. I'm not going to beat myself up for that. And not anything else or anyone else." 

The tradition of "D-Line Zou" is something Harris holds very close, understanding how important having that pipeline can be to the development of his game and others. 

"Markus Golden, that's my big brother. said Harris. "Shane, that's my big brother too. We had Michael, we had Kony, you had Markus, you had Shane. They didn't have anyone else to look up to. Now that we already have those guys that's already there in the league who have experience, it's really our duty to take advantage of that." 

Pro Football Focus and Sports Illustrated project Harris to be a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Another big season will keep him rising on many draft boards. 

"Charles is a freak." said Senior Linebacker Michael Scherer. "If you thought what he did last year was good, you're going to be excited to see him this year."


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Missouri Names Wren Baker as interim athletic director http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-names-wren-baker-as-interim-athletic-director/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-names-wren-baker-as-interim-athletic-director/ Football Wed, 13 Jul 2016 3:29:52 PM Ben Burke, KOMU 8 News Digital Producer Missouri Names Wren Baker as interim athletic director

COLUMBIA - Shortly after news broke that Missouri Athletic Director Mack Rhoades would be leaving to take over the same position at Baylor, Chancellor Foley named Wren Baker as the interim AD Wednesday.

 Baker had been serving as the deputy athletic director at Missouri. Before that, he was had a similar position at the University of Memphis.

Baker has been the athletic director at two different universities: Northwest Missouri State and Rogers State. 

In a statement, Foley said the Baker "has an impressive background and will bring stability to the athletic department."


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Missouri Athletic Director to leave, take over at Baylor http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-athletic-director-to-leave-take-over-at-baylor/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-athletic-director-to-leave-take-over-at-baylor/ Football Wed, 13 Jul 2016 1:53:24 PM Ben Burke, KOMU 8 News Digital Producer & Chris Gervino, KOMU 8 Sports Director Missouri Athletic Director to leave, take over at Baylor

COLUMBIA - Missouri Athletic Director Mack Rhoades will leave the university to take over as the vice president and director of athletics at Baylor University.

KOMU 8 Sports Director Chris Gervino confirmed the move Thursday.

After 14 months at Missouri, Rhoades will walk into a Baylor program in the wake of a sexual assault scandal that saw the removal of both its athletic director and head football coach.

"While my family is excited to start this new chapter in our lives, we do so with great appreciation for our time at Mizzou... Thank you to the fans... The coaches, staff, and student-athletes are deserving of your continued support," Rhoades said via press release. 

Many former Missouri athletes reacted to Rhoades leaving, such as Former Missouri wide reciever Jeremy Maclin. 

"I normally don't speak on stuff like this but glad Mack left... we are a different breed in Como. It's family first he lacked that mentality," Maclin said on Twitter.

Rhoades will have an introductory press conference at Baylor on July 18.


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MU football player named to second watch list http://www.komu.com/news/mu-football-player-named-to-second-watch-list/ http://www.komu.com/news/mu-football-player-named-to-second-watch-list/ Football Sat, 9 Jul 2016 3:12:35 PM Marissa Rubino, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer MU football player named to second watch list

COLUMBIA - The Missouri Football team announced Friday that defensive end Charles Harris was named to the preseason watch list for the 2016 Bronko Nagurski Award.

The Football Writers' Association of America gives the award to the nation's defensive player of the year. Earlier this week, Harris was named to the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Defensive Player of the Year.

Harris earned 2nd-Team All-Southeastern Conference honors last season.

While starting all 12 games in his first season as a starter, Harris racked up seven quarterback sacks, 56 total tackles, two forced fumbles and one pass broken up.







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Play 60 summer camps teach kids the importance of a healthy lifestyle http://www.komu.com/news/play-60-summer-camps-teach-kids-the-importance-of-a-healthy-lifestyle/ http://www.komu.com/news/play-60-summer-camps-teach-kids-the-importance-of-a-healthy-lifestyle/ Football Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:06:56 AM Landon Burke, KOMU 8 Anchor Play 60 summer camps teach kids the importance of a healthy lifestyle

COLUMBIA - "Play 60" is a national nutrition and exercise program to encourage kids to lead healthier lives. This summer, the camp has come to Columbia.

Columbia's Play 60 camp is hosted at Strength & Conditioning Factory on the north side of town. Each day, campers come in for warm-up stretches, then take to the turf for a workout. Athletes practice agility, speed and endurance drills. After working up a good sweat, they kick back for a movie and a healthy snack.

The local Play 60 operation is spearheaded by JD Franklin and Carlos Hall, both personal trainers, and former professional football players.

Franklin and Hall said their main priority with Play 60 is to establish an active generation by teaching kids the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

"We try to teach the kids about nutrition, and we try to get the kids out of the house," Hall said. "We figured, we've got the spot, we've got the location... it was just something we wanted to do for Columbia."

At the camp, athletes are coached by qualified personal trainers, that can adjust each drill to match a kid's level of ability. The coaches said they hope to make exercise fun for everyone.

"Our vision for this program is to get as many kids out of the house and off the video games as we can," Hall said.

Franklin said today's kids live in a very different culture than he did as a child. He said it can be very tempting for kids to spend all their free time on electronic gadgets likes smart phones or video games. 

"When I was a kid, we didn't have cell phones," Franklin said. "Our 'cell phones' were the play grounds, the bicycles, the skateboards... that's what we did for our playtimes."

Franklin said he hopes Play 60 will encourage kids to once again pursue more active forms of play.

"We're trying to bring that back."

In addition to honing their camper's athletic skills, the coaches also were very deliberate in creating a culture of encouragement among the athletes. After every drill, the coaches make sure athletes are congratulating one another, and challenging each other to push themselves.

"Sometimes all you need is a little boost or a push," Franklin said. "A handshake, a pat on the back or a high five or something to encourage that kid... sometimes that's all that kid may need."

At the beginning of the first practice, none of the campers knew anyone in their group. They were strangers... different ages, and from different schools. But by the time their parents came to pick them up, they were laughing and joking with one another.

Kylie Lawrence, one of the coaches at Play 60, said knowing how to work as a team is an important skill in any sport, and in life.

"You're a brotherhood in here, you're a family," Lawrence said.

After the first day of training, KOMU 8 news talked to all of the athletes about their thoughts on camp. The campers said the training was not always easy, but they all said they had a good time doing it. 

"It was hard, but it was fun at the same time," one camper said.

"I encourage all the kids to come out here and have fun, and actually work hard," another athlete said.

Franklin said attendance has skyrocketed since day one.

The Play 60 camps will run through the first week of August. If you want to learn more about how you can sign your child up for Play 60, you can find more information here.

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NFL player Sylvester Williams gives back to Jefferson City http://www.komu.com/news/nfl-player-sylvester-williams-gives-back-to-jefferson-city/ http://www.komu.com/news/nfl-player-sylvester-williams-gives-back-to-jefferson-city/ Football Sun, 19 Jun 2016 12:23:29 PM Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter NFL player Sylvester Williams gives back to Jefferson City

JEFFERSON CITY - Sylvester Williams has accomplished a lot as a football player.

The Denver Broncos starting nose tackle wrapped up his third NFL season with a Super Bowl triumph as his team beat the Carolina Panthers, 24-10.

"The feeling of winning is unbelievable because I've accomplished the ultimate goal at the highest level in the sport that I play," Williams said.

For Jefferson City head football coach Ted LePage, watching the defensive lineman he once coached play in Super Bowl 50 was a surreal moment.

"Here’s a dude chasing Cam Newton and he was just in our high school a few years ago. So it was exciting the whole time," LePage said. 

Williams suited up on Friday nights for LePage for one year, in 2008. Because of that season, Williams wanted to give back to the community that gave him an opportunity to pursue his dream. 

"This is some of my roots and I’ve been able to be here and be blessed to be a part of some of the programs here," Williams said. 

USA Football helped Williams organize a football camp for kids in Jefferson City on June 18. LePage, Arkansas running back Kody Walker and Lincoln University receiver Khiry Draine were among the staff members that returned to Adkins Stadium to help Williams run the event. 

A former teammate of Williams, Walker couldn't pass up the opportunity to help his friend out.

"When I heard about it, I had to come back and help. I love, especially, what he’s doing for the community, for these kids," Walker said.

LePage describes watching his former players return to help out the Jefferson City community as "humbling." 

"It is a very big honor to think that many guys were affected by this program and then want to come back and give back to these young people," LePage said. 

Williams says the event's success surpassed his expectations. 

"I think we had 115 T-shirts and ran out so it was a blessing. I didn’t expect this many kids so to have this many kids show out; that was exciting," Williams said. 

Williams won't be in Jefferson City for much longer as he continues to prepare for the 2016 NFL season, but his hometown will continue to motivate him to work as hard as he can. 

"The support I’ve received, the love I got back here and all of the fans I got back here definitely motivates me and pushes me that much harder every day so I got a tremendous amount of support right here and it means everything," Williams said. 

Williams said he plans on bringing the camp back to Jefferson City next year. 

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TARGET 8: Analyzing student-athlete graduation rates http://www.komu.com/news/target-8-analyzing-student-athlete-graduation-rates/ http://www.komu.com/news/target-8-analyzing-student-athlete-graduation-rates/ Football Sat, 14 May 2016 1:46:38 PM Chinmay Vaidya, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter TARGET 8: Analyzing student-athlete graduation rates

COLUMBIA — The NCAA tracks the likelihood of college athletes playing professionally depending on the sport.

In 2016, more than 480,000 students participated in college athletics and their chances of playing professionally are listed below. 

The NCAA tracks student-athlete graduation rates for all universities using a method called Graduation Success Rate. The NCAA developed this method as an alternative way to track graduation rates.

Meghan Durham, NCAA assistant director of public and media relations, said this method is better than the federal graduation rate because it accounts for student-athlete transfers and gives credit to institutions and those students.

Durham also said GSR has tracked more students than the federal graduation rate.

She said all universities are required to submit graduation records to the NCAA. GSR was first tracked for students entering college in the fall of 1998. For a comparison between GSR and the federal rate, click here. 

The University of Missouri has seen an increase in graduation rates among student-athletes in football and men's basketball, according to the NCAA data.

For the most recent year (2014-15), MU reported a graduation rate of 83 percent in football and 85 percent in basketball. Both statistics put MU in the top half of SEC schools for those sports. Below is data for all schools in the SEC for football and men's basketball. 

According to the University of Missouri athletics department, 71 MU student-athletes graduated in the 2016 spring semester. Tami Chievous, MU's associate athletic director of academic services, said the university devotes plenty of resources to ensure student-athletes graduate. 

"Each sport team has an academic coordinator that works directly with them and we have close to 100 tutors and mentors on staff," Chievous said. "Our biggest emphasis in academics is setting up grad plans and degree programs that they are interested in." 

Chievous said the program encourages athletes to take ownership of their education. 

"When we get progress reports back, if we see that someone is struggling or their grade has gone down, then we will meet with them and see if they would like to meet with a tutor or maybe meet with an additional tutor," Chievous said. "A lot of it is on the athlete. We do like them to be responsible for their education, take ownership in their academics and really find out a career path that their excited for." 

Former Missouri quarterback Chase Patton found his passion in dentistry after shadowing medical professionals while in school. He said he was interested in the medical field since his childhood. 

"Both my parents worked in the medical and so I was the kid that liked watching heart surgeries on TV," Patton said. "I started shadowing a little bit and talking to a few people, they said to look into dental school because the work-life balance is a little more stable." 

Patton had another dream as a kid; playing in the NFL. He said an ESPN article from 2008 opened up the opportunity for him to possible play professionally. 

"At the time I wasn't really sure what my chances were going to be a get a tryout in the NFL, it was always a dream of mine as a kid," Patton said. "I think having that article come out, it was kind of an opportunity, just because it kind of got my name out there and exposed the idea that backups can have a chance."

Patton said he knew from an early age that playing in the NFL wasn't a life-long career. 

"Everyone says the NFL stands for not for long and you hear about these guys that make millions and millions of dollars and end up bankrupt," Patton said. "It kind of opens your eyes to the fact that it's not a lifetime thing." 

Patton said he thinks it's important for prospective college athletes to keep focus on academics as more emphasis gets put on college athletics. 

"When I was in high school, there was Rivals and there was Power Mizzou and there were still ways to get your head filled up if you wanted it to but now it's even more," Patton said. "You've got Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, all kinds of stuff where you're being told you're the greatest thing and I think that would be easy to say, "Well, I'm going to the NFL, I don't need to worry about school," I definitely think it has a big effect or can have a big effect."

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Arnel Monroe taught Hickman players more than football http://www.komu.com/news/arnel-monroe-taught-hickman-players-more-than-football/ http://www.komu.com/news/arnel-monroe-taught-hickman-players-more-than-football/ Football Thu, 9 Jun 2016 10:47:16 PM Conner Handel, KOMU Sports Reporter Arnel Monroe taught Hickman players more than football

Family, coaches, players and members of the Columbia community all gathered at Alumni Stadium Thursday night to remember Hickman football coach Arnel Monroe.

Monroe wore a Kewpie uniform as a high schooler and rejoined the program in 1995 as a coach. He coached as an assistant until he earned head coaching honors in 2011.

Over his 21 seasons coaching at Hickman he had the opportunity to work with several hundred players. Some of his players said his impact on their lives went beyond the game they were a part of.

"He just taught us what it was like to be a man, not just on the field but off the field," sophomore football player Ryan Padgett said.

"Coach Monroe, he finds out about everything," sophomore football player Foster McCormick said. "And every time I got in trouble he had a talk with me, like he sat me down and he just kept telling me 'You've got to quit what you're doing, you’ve got to get your life back together,' like he really cared about us and he was always there for me."

Hickman running back Darmarion Avery said he might not be on pace to graduate high school without Monroe in his life.

"I probably would have dropped out and said, 'Forget it,'" Avery said, "but he kept me on the right path."

Atah Knighten, an assistant football coach at Hickman and Monroe's fraternity brother, said he had a special bond with Monroe.

"Me and coach, that’s my brother," Knighten said. "He was a big brother, I was a little brother."

Knighten said Monroe strived to teach students more than football.

"Family, dedication, loyalty. That's what we teach the kids," he said. "Life knocks you down, get back up."

If Monroe noticed a student needed help getting back up, he would provide assistance.

"Like this year he sent me to Douglas [High School] to get my grades up and all that," Avery said. "If he didn't want me to get my grades up he would have let me stay here and would’ve let me struggle, but he sent me somewhere he knew I could get an education and come back to play football my senior year."

Avery said Monroe wanted to help him achieve his goals.

"He said 'I got a big dream for you', and he said, 'You’re going to go to JUCO [junior college]. You're going to go D-I [division one]. If you try hard and stay in school you’re going to make it,'" Avery said. "Every time I was in bad or doing bad he would tell me, 'What did I tell you? What dreams do I have for you? And he just let me know, 'Hey, you’re going to make it. Just pay attention."

"I hope what he has instilled in these kids is, like I said, the fight," Knighten said. "To keep on fighting. No matter what, keep fighting."


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Hickman football coach dies at 49 http://www.komu.com/news/hickman-football-coach-dies-at-49/ http://www.komu.com/news/hickman-football-coach-dies-at-49/ Football Sun, 5 Jun 2016 10:53:48 AM Melissa Zygowicz and Ben Burke, KOMU 8 Reporters Hickman football coach dies at 49

COLUMBIA — Columbia Public Schools said Hickman High School football coach Arnel Monroe passed away Sunday morning at about 8:30 a.m. He was 49 years old.

A family friend said Monroe died of a heart attack.

CPS said it is working to notify family, players and staff, as well as contacting counselors to provide support for the students of Hickman High School.

Monroe graduated from Hickman in 1985. He began coaching in 2011.

According to a blog post from Monroe on Friday, his death comes a day after players volunteered at a car wash to raise funds for summer and food expenses for the team.

Mikayla Logan, a family friend of Monroe, said he was an amazing mentor and coach.

"He would bend over backwards for you," Logan said. "He was going to push you to be the best you could be. Any time I thought I really couldn't do something, or wasn't going to make it through something, he told me I was and never really gave me an option to just quit."

Logan also said many people who knew him are devastated.

"He was Hickman," Logan said. "Someone said heaven got a little more purple and it couldn't be more true."

Messages of support and remembrance from around mid-Missouri poured in on social media Sunday morning.

Hickman graduate and current Battle assistant coach Cedric Alvis shared kind words for Monroe on Twitter.

Former Kewpie and current Missouri Western State University defensive backs coach Regi Trotter also took to Twitter.

Friends and family nicknamed Monroe "Spanky."

Many others shared their memories of Monroe, using the hashtag #RIPSpanky.

[This story was updated to provide clarity and add quotes from Monroe's friends.]

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Baylor demotes Starr, fires coach amid sex assaults scandal http://www.komu.com/news/baylor-demotes-starr-fires-coach-amid-sex-assaults-scandal/ http://www.komu.com/news/baylor-demotes-starr-fires-coach-amid-sex-assaults-scandal/ Football Thu, 26 May 2016 1:36:57 PM Jim Vertuno, The Associated Press Baylor demotes Starr, fires coach amid sex assaults scandal

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Baylor University demoted school President Ken Starr and fired football coach Art Briles on Thursday, issuing a scathing report over the university's handling of sexual assault complaints against players.

The board of regents at the nation's largest Baptist university said in a statement that Starr, a former prosecutor who investigated the Monica Lewinsky scandal, will vacate the presidency on May 31 and will become the school chancellor. It said it suspended Briles "with intent to terminate" and placed athletic director Ian McCaw on probation.

Starr asked a law firm last year to review Baylor's handling of sexual assault cases following allegations that the school mishandled several cases in which football players were accused of attacking women.

Among the firm's findings was that football coaches and athletics administrators had run their own improper investigations into rape claims and that in some cases, they chose not to report such allegations to an administrator outside of athletics.

By running their own "untrained" investigations and meeting directly with a complainant, football staff "improperly discredited" complainants claims and "denied them a right to a fair, impartial and informed investigation."

"The choices made by football staff and athletics leadership, in some instances, posed a risk to campus safety and the integrity of the University," the report said.

The report's "findings of facts" did not name specific coaches or athletics staff.

The university's statement said the review revealed "a fundamental failure."

The report also found that's Baylor was too slow to enact federally-required student conduct processes, and that administrators failed to identify and eliminate a "potential hostile environment" for victims.

Baylor has faced increasing criticism in recent months for its handling of reports of rape and other violent incidents involving football players and students. One victim has sued the university, saying it was deliberately indifferent to her allegations against a former player who was eventually convicted of sexually assaulting her.

Starr ordered an investigation last year but has been mostly silent amid the criticism. The former prosecutor took over as the university's president in 2010, about a decade after he investigated former President Clinton's sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewisnky.

The football team enjoyed unprecedented success under Briles' tenure, including two Big 12 championships in the last three years. That success brought a financial windfall, and in 2014, Baylor opened a new, $250-million on-campus football stadium. But Briles' program has also been criticized for recruiting or accepting transfer players without regard to the harm they might cause fellow students.

Starr rode the waves of the program's success, and often ran on the football field with Baylor students in pregame ceremonies. But as investigations began into the school's handling of sexual assault allegations against players, Starr provided only brief comments, even as criticism of the school mounted.

In a February statement issued by university, Starr said "our hearts break for those whose lives are impacted by execrable acts of sexual violence." And at a prayer breakfast last month, Starr told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: "I am in favor of transparency. Stand up, take your medicine if you made a mistake."

Starr initiated the law firm's review last year, after former football player Sam Ukwuachu was convicted of sexually assaulting a female soccer player.

Ukwuachu, who was convicted last year, transferred to Baylor after he was dismissed from Boise State. His former girlfriend testified during his rape trial in Texas that he had struck and choked her when he attended Boise State.

Ukwuachu's former coach, Chris Petersen, now the coach at Washington, said he "thoroughly apprised" Briles about the circumstances of Ukuwachu's dismissal. Briles disputed that account, saying he talked with Petersen and there was no mention of the incident.

The school is also facing a federal lawsuit from a former student claiming the school was "deliberately indifferent" to rape allegations levied at a former football player Tevin Elliott, who was convicted in 2014 of sexually assaulting the woman.

The uproar following Ukwuachu's conviction caused Baylor to initiate the review by the Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton, and to announce a $5 million effort to improve efforts on how it responds to sexual assault, including adding another investigator and more staff.

But the Ukwuachu case was just the start of months of revelations of football players being involved in violent incidents with little or no repercussions. At least seven other woman have publicly come forward to say the school ignored their sexual assault allegations.

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Former Mizzou standout A.J. Ofodile to join Barry Odom's staff http://www.komu.com/news/former-mizzou-standout-a-j-ofodile-to-join-barry-odom-s-staff/ http://www.komu.com/news/former-mizzou-standout-a-j-ofodile-to-join-barry-odom-s-staff/ Football Mon, 9 May 2016 5:12:23 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Former Mizzou standout A.J. Ofodile to join Barry Odom's staff

COLUMBIA - Former Mizzou and NFL tight end A.J. Ofodile is the newest addition to Barry Odom's new look Mizzou Football staff. The team announced Monday that Ofodile will serve as the program's new Director of Recruiting Operations.

Ofodile has been the head coach at Rock Bridge High School since 2003 and took the Bruins to the state championship game for the first time since 1993. The coaching link between Odom and Ofodile dates back to 2001 when Ofodile served as Odom's offensive coordinator at Rock Bridge.

"I'm very excited to have A.J. joining our staff. He will be a huge part of our entire program, and specifically our recruiting efforts," Odom said. "I have tremendous respect for A.J. as a person and as a mentor and I'm excited for how he will represent our program and university."

Ofodile earned a first-team All-Big Eight selection in 1993 for the Tigers, as well as being a three-year letter winner from 1991-93. The Detroit, Michigan, native finished his Mizzou career with 73 receptions for 851 yards and a half dozen touchdowns. 

"I've been very set about if I was to ever make the move to the college level, that who I was going to be working for was the most important aspect, and it couldn't be a better situation for me at Mizzou with Coach Odom," Ofodile said. "I have a world of respect for him, he's a first-class person and I believe his vision and the work that he and his staff are doing to build something special. Naturally, it's very special for me to be coming back to my alma mater."

After getting drafted in the fifth round of the 1994 NFL Draft by Buffalo, his professional career only lasted six years with the Bills, Steelers and Ravens. However, Ofodile's knowledge of Missouri high school football will be an asset for the Tigers' recruiting division in need of a bounce-back season this fall.

Currently, Ofodile's son, Alex, plays football at the University of Oregon.

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Three Missouri Tigers go in 2016 NFL Draft http://www.komu.com/news/three-missouri-tigers-go-in-2016-nfl-draft/ http://www.komu.com/news/three-missouri-tigers-go-in-2016-nfl-draft/ Football Sat, 30 Apr 2016 3:23:32 PM Robert Veno, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Three Missouri Tigers go in 2016 NFL Draft

CHICAGO - The NFL Draft has called and Mizzou answered.

Today three former Missouri Tigers were selected in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Evan Boehm was the first to go as the Arizona Cardinals took him with the 30th pick in the fourth round.

Boehm, a four-year starter for the Tigers, made 52 straight starts, an almost unheard of accomplishment for an offensive lineman in college football.

The Cardinals’ line had difficulties in the passing game, especially with the interior line. People can expect Boehm to be in the thick of the competition for the starting guard and center positions.

Connor McGovern went to the reigning Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos with fifth pick in the fifth round.

Head Coach Gary Kubiak loves to pound the running game between the tackles, an almost perfect fit for the incredibly strong run-blocking lineman that McGovern is.

Last - but certainly not least - was standout defensive playmaker Kentrell Brothers.

The inside linebacker waited some time to hear his name called, but eventually got his chance after the Minnesota Vikings took him with the 23rd pick in the fifth round.

Seen as a little bit undersized and lacking athleticism, there were few players as productive as Brothers was last year. Brothers had over 150 tackles including 12 for a loss. He may not be the best athlete out there, but there’s no denying his abilities as a football player.

Each player will now go on to their team’s respective rookie mini camp in the summer.


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Drew Lock's TDs lift Team Gold over Team Black 21-0 in Spring Game http://www.komu.com/news/drew-lock-s-tds-lift-team-gold-over-team-black-21-0-in-spring-game/ http://www.komu.com/news/drew-lock-s-tds-lift-team-gold-over-team-black-21-0-in-spring-game/ Football Sat, 16 Apr 2016 9:13:45 PM James Stanley, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Drew Lock's TDs lift Team Gold over Team Black 21-0 in Spring Game

COLUMBIA — In front of a crowd of 24,473 at Faurot Field on Saturday afternoon, Mizzou’s offense, clad in gold, defeated Mizzou’s defense, wearing black, 21-0.

Team Gold threw for 218 yards, going 19-36 with three touchdowns. Team Gold also rushed for 101 yards on 32 attempts.

On the flip side, Team Black totaled 51 tackles. Seven tackles equated for 20 yards of loss and included two sacks for a loss of 10 yards.

The Offense

Sophomore QB Drew Lock threw for 134 yards, completing nine passes on 13 attempts. Two of those completions were touchdowns, giving a solid outing for the young quarterback. The pinnacle of Lock’s day included a 64-yard touchdown pass to redshirt junior WR J’Mon Moore.  

Mizzou’s offensive line also performed well, holding the defense to two sacks. One sack was against Lock and another against junior QB Jack Lowary.

Team Black held Gold’s rushing game to 1.5 yards per rush, while junior RB Ish Witter ran for 45 yards on 13 attempts with a 3.3 average per attempt.

The Defense

Redshirt senior linebacker Michael Scherer led Team Black with six tackles, two of them for a loss adding up to a total loss of three yards.

Redshirt junior defensive lineman Marcell Frazier and redshirt freshman Ronnell Perkins each had four tackles, with the Team Black leaders combining for 14 of the team’s total 51 tackles.

Redshirt senior defensive lineman Rickey Hatley and redshirt sophomore Rocel McWilliams recorded the two sacks for the defense, which caused a loss of 10 yards.

Head Coach Barry Odom was impressed by the crowd that came out to support the Tigers in the Spring Game.

“They just did a great job of getting here and supporting our team,” Odom said.

Odom’s team will open the 2016 football season against the West Virginia Mountaineers in Morgantown, W. Va. on Saturday, September 3.

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Mauk's off field issues kept him from on field glory http://www.komu.com/news/mauk-s-off-field-issues-kept-him-from-on-field-glory/ http://www.komu.com/news/mauk-s-off-field-issues-kept-him-from-on-field-glory/ Football Fri, 19 Feb 2016 2:42:49 PM Chinmay Vaidya, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Mauk's off field issues kept him from on field glory

COLUMBIA- Brandon Kiley, host of The Sports Wire on KTGR, holds his hand up above his head. 

"He was at the top," Kiley said. "After he got to the top it seemed to be a steady decline and now he's at rock bottom." 

The man now at rock bottom is Maty Mauk, a quarterback who was in line to be the next MU football star. Even before coming to Columbia, Mauk had set national high school records at Kenton High School in Kenton, Ohio. Mauk brought those records and high expectations to MU in the fall of 2012. 

"The immediate response was, this is going to be Chase Daniel version 2.0," Gabe DeArmond, publisher of PowerMizzou.com said. "He was an undersized kid, so that limited his recruiting the same as Chase."

"They wanted him to be the next Chase Daniel," David Morrison of the Columbia Daily Tribune said. 

Mauk was redshirted during the 2012 season, but got playing time the following season as a backup. The Tigers started the season 5-0 and were ranked in the top 25 heading into a pivotal matchup with the Georgia Bulldogs. The Tigers won the game, but starting quarterback James Franklin injured his shoulder and would be out indefinitely. It was up to Mauk to keep Missouri's dream season alive. 

"You saw it all coming together," Kiley said. "If Mauk can just kind of keep this thing afloat, we could really make some damage here."

"I think there was definitely some thought that it's too bad that this season that we thought was going to one thing might not quite be," DeArmond said. 

Mauk threw for 295 yards and accounted for two total touchdowns in a 36-17 victory over the Florida Gators in his first career start. Despite losing the following week to South Carolina, Mauk kept the Tigers at the top of the SEC East. He even provided some glimpses of future stardom, highlighted by a five-touchdown day at Kentucky. Mauk threw four of those scores to Dorial Green-Beckham, a young receiver who would be a star in his own right. 

"At that point everybody had to be thinking, this team has so much potential once DGB really becomes what we believe he is going to be and when Maty Mauk really does evolve into this player that we expect to be as a junior and then again as a senior," Kiley said. "You saw some people saying this is exciting, this is different, this is a fresh outlook for Mizzou football." 

"This was probably going to James Franklin's team for the rest 2013, but after that Maty and Dorial were kind of the vanguard of the new Missouri for the next couple years," Morrison said. 

Mauk returned to his backup role at the end of the season, but continued to receive playing time. The redshirt freshman delivered a scoring drive in the Cotton Bowl to helping Missouri's struggling offense. Mauk had runs of 35 and 34 yards before throwing a perfect pass to Marcus Lucas for the touchdown. The expectations of Mauk continued to rise. 

"Coming out of that game, most fans thought they're gonna be better next year because they're going to be better at quarterback," DeArmond said. 

"At that point you were saying to yourself, alright this is happening," Kiley said. "Maty Mauk is going to be a really good player for Missouri and if he becomes what I think he can be, this is going to be really fun to watch in 2014." 

Mauk had problems off the field before he appeared on the field. The quarterback was arrested in late August 2012 and charged with four misdemeanors after he operated a motor scooter in a reckless manner. 

"If there was a moment in time where we should've said, okay this guy might be a little different, that was the moment," Kiley said. 

Mauk and the Tigers went into the 2014 season looking to repeat as SEC East champions. After an early loss to Indiana, the Tigers were thumped at home 34-0 by Georgia in a game where Mauk threw four interceptions and couldn't even cross 100 yards. Missouri seemed to be out of the division race. 

"I don't think anybody at that point thought they would be winning the SEC East," Morrison said. "I think some people were even wondering if they'd go to a bowl." 

"I think most people thought it was over," Kiley said. "If you told me after that game that Mizzou was going to win the SEC East I would've called you a liar." 

"Coming out of that game I think it was, let's just focus on winning some games," DeArmond said. "This kid's only a sophomore, but when he's a junior and senior we're really going to see it." 

The Tigers went on to win five straight games, setting them up to clinch the division with a victory over Arkansas in the final game. Mauk threw for 265 yards and one touchdown as Missouri scored the final 15 points to defeat Arkansas 21-14 and return to the SEC championship game.

"Florida was a big game for Maty as far as proving himself, but the stakes were the highest in that Arkansas game," Morrison said. 

"What I think everybody remembers from that game is Henry Josey," DeArmond said. "But it was very much who Maty was. He never seemed to be the reason they won, but they always won." 

After falling to Alabama in the championship game, Mauk led the Tigers to a 33-17 victory over Minnesota in the Citrus Bowl. Despite struggling for much of the season, the expecation was that Mauk would once again be the starter in 2015. 

"People obviously focus on the end result and did throughout Maty's career," DeArmond said. "There were so many games where you said, well he really wasn't very good but they won so I guess you can't make a change."

"We did something like the 20 most important players heading into the 2015 season and Maty Mauk was number one on that list and it wasn't even close," Kiley said. "We had no idea what to expect from Mauk. 

Mauk appeared in four games in 2015 and the off-field struggles came to the front. He was suspended indefinitely from the team on Sept. 29 for a violation of team policies, forcing him to miss the South Carolina game. After that game, coach Gary Pinkel announced the suspension would continue for the rest of the season. It turned out Mauk would never see the field at Missouri again. 

"After that suspension happened, yeah I thought I'd seen him on the field for the last time," DeArmond said. "Not because of anything he had done specifically, but because I know how Gary Pinkel treats quarterbacks and he always had expected more from guys at that position." 

"Once you flip that switch, suspend Maty Mauk and start your true freshman, then you can't just unflip it and say Maty Mauk is back and it's his job again," Morrison said. 

"After the first suspension, I figured he would play again," Kiley said. "It was when he got suspended, was reinstated and then was suspended again two or three days later, that's when I said, okay it's over." 

Mauk appeared in 27 games at Missouri and was the primary starter in 22. He won 77 percent of those 22 games. By comparison, Chase Daniel appeared in 51 games at Missouri and was the primary starter in 41. Daniel won 73 percent of those 41 games. Both quarterbacks were part of two division titles and each two bowl victories. 

On the field, Daniel was superior to Mauk in the passing game. The two-time Heisman finalist completed more passes, threw for more yards per game and touchdowns per game. Mauk has the slight edge in the run game, averaging more yards per carry and per game. Unfortunately for Mauk, he wasn't able to finish four full seasons at Missouri. Even though he went 17-5 as a starter, Mauk's career is rarely summed up by the word "winner". 

"I would say he was inconsistent," Morrison said. "The team was very successful under his watch and he had moments of brilliance, but he had games where he was a non-factor and even a detriment to the offense." 

"Chaos," DeArmond said. "From the highest of highs playing in an SEC title game to a video that, as long as professional athletes and drug use have been linked, we've never seen before."

"Turbulent has to be the word," Kiley said. "From day one, from moment one to the very end, it was ups and it was downs and it was exciting and then it was disappointing and then all of sudden, in the end, you feel saddened." 

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Missouri Football signs 2016 recruiting class http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-football-signs-2016-recruiting-class/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-football-signs-2016-recruiting-class/ Football Wed, 3 Feb 2016 6:18:15 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri Football signs 2016 recruiting class

COLUMBIA - Missouri Football signed 20 new student-athletes Wednesday, marking the first recruiting class for new head coach Barry Odom.

In a Mizzou Athletics press release Odom said, "I'm excited about what we have in place."

There are five Missouri natives in the 2016 recruiting class, including defensive lineman Tre Williams, a Rock Bridge High School graduate. Four of the signees are junior college transfers and wide receiver Chris Black comes to Mizzou as a graduate transfer from the University of Alabama. Black will have one year of eligibility remaining and had 25 career catches for 290 yards during his time at Alabama.

A complete list of the 2016 recruiting class is located at the bottom of this story.

Odom also introduced his coaching staff at the National Signing Day press conference, including the latest addition to the coaching staff, Jackie Shipp who signed on as defensive line coach earlier Wednesday.

"I'm really pleased with our coaching staff and what they were able to accomplish in a very short amount of time after coming together," Odom said. "To see their energy on the road and in the homes, in the schools and their relentlessness as they attacked recruiting, it was a great effort."

Missouri Tigers Football 2016 recruiting class:

(Name, Position, Hometown, High School/Previous College)

  • DeMarkus Acy, safety, Dallas, Texas, Wilmer-Hutchins HS
  • Jared Alton, cornerback, Kirkwood, Missouri, Kirkwood HS
  • Trey Baldwin, linebacker, Houston, Texas, Cypress Falls HS
  • Chris Black, wide receiver, Jacksonville, Florida, First Coast HS/University of Alabama
  • Trystan Castillo, offensive lineman, Webb City, Missouri, Webb City HS
  • Dominic Collins, wide receiver, Fullerton, California, El Toro HS/Saddleback Community College
  • Damarea Crockett, running back, Little Rock, Arkansas, Little Rock Christian Academy
  • Cale Garrett, linebacker, Kearney, Missouri, Kearney HS
  • Christian Holmes, cornerback, Atlanta, Georgia, McNair HS
  • Tyler Howell, offensive lineman, Bonner Springs, Kansas, Bonner Springs HS/Butler Community College
  • Dimetrios Mason, athlete, Loganville, Georgia, Grayson HS
  • Tucker McCann, kicker, O'Fallon, Illinois, O'Fallon HS
  • Albert Okwuegbunam, tight end, Springfield, Illinois, Sacred Heart Griffin HS
  • Brendan Scales, tight end, Wildwood, Missouri, Lafayette HS
  • Tre'vour Simms, offensive lineman, East St. Louis, Illinois, East St. Louis HS
  • Nate Strong, running back, East St. Louis, Illinois, East St. Louis HS/Hinds Community College
  • Greg Taylor, safety, East St. Louis, Illinois, East St. Louis HS/Hinds Community College
  • Markell Utsey, defensive lineman, Little Rock, Arkansas, Parkview HS
  • Tre Williams, defensive lineman, Columbia, Missouri, Rock Bridge HS
  • Micah Wilson, quarterback, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Lincoln Christian HS



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Missouri Football completes coaching staff http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-football-completes-coaching-staff/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-football-completes-coaching-staff/ Football Wed, 3 Feb 2016 4:03:55 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri Football completes coaching staff

COLUMBIA - Missouri Football filled the last opening of head coach Barry Odom's first staff Wednesday, hiring former Arizona State defensive line coach Jackie Shipp to the same position.

Shipp, 53, comes to Mizzou with 25 years of previous coaching experience including stops one season at Alabama (1998), 14 seasons at his alma mater Oklahoma (1999-2012) and most recently three seasons at Arizona State (2013-15). The teams made bowl game apperances in all 18 of those seasons, including four National Championship games at Oklahoma.

During his playing career at Oklahoma, Shipp set the program record for tackles in a game (22) and tackles in a season (189) which both still stand. He was drafted 14th overall by the Miami Dolphins in the 1984 NFL Draft, playing in 74 career NFL games over a six-year career.

The hiring of Shipp comes one week after former MU defensive line coach Chris Wilson left the program to take a job with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Mizzou boosts receiving core with addition of Alabama transfer http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-boosts-receiving-core-with-addition-of-alabama-transfer/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-boosts-receiving-core-with-addition-of-alabama-transfer/ Football Mon, 1 Feb 2016 5:57:20 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou boosts receiving core with addition of Alabama transfer

COLUMBIA – Mizzou football announced former University of Alabama wide receiver Chris Black will transfer to the program with immediate eligibility.

Black ended his career with the Crimson Tide with 25 catches for 290 yards and two touchdowns. Most of his Alabama career involved the four-star prospect playing behind the likes of Amari Cooper, Christion Jones and DeAndrew White, all of whom are playing in the NFL.

Coming out of high school in Jacksonville, Florida, Black was ranked among the top-50 players nationally.

Already a graduate of Alabama, Black will continue his studies as a post-graduate, fifth-year senior at MU. He has one year of football eligibility remaining.

Black and junior college transfer Dominic Collins, who announced his decision to join the Tigers last week, are among the most experienced receivers on the team.

Juniors Nate Brown and J’Mon Moore are the only other upperclassmen who are part of the Tigers’ receiving core.

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Chiefs sign TE Kelce to $46 million, 5-year deal http://www.komu.com/news/chiefs-sign-te-kelce-to-46-million-5-year-deal/ http://www.komu.com/news/chiefs-sign-te-kelce-to-46-million-5-year-deal/ Football Fri, 29 Jan 2016 10:43:10 PM The Associated Press Chiefs sign TE Kelce to $46 million, 5-year deal

KANSAS CITY (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce has signed a $46 million, five-year extension that includes $20.5 million guaranteed.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the Chiefs did not disclose the terms of the contract in announcing the extension.

Kelce, a former third-round draft pick of the Chiefs, was entering the final year of his rookie contract. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound tight end has started 27 of the 33 games he's played over three seasons, catching 139 passes for 1,737 yards and 10 touchdowns.

He missed the majority of the 2013 season after undergoing knee surgery.

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Jets' Richardson avoids jail time in Missouri police chase http://www.komu.com/news/jets-richardson-avoids-jail-time-in-missouri-police-chase/ http://www.komu.com/news/jets-richardson-avoids-jail-time-in-missouri-police-chase/ Football Tue, 26 Jan 2016 4:13:29 PM The Associated Press Jets' Richardson avoids jail time in Missouri police chase

ST. CHARLES (AP) — New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson will avoid jail time after pleading guilty to reduced charges connected to a high-speed police chase in suburban St. Louis.

A St. Charles County judge sentenced the former University of Missouri star Tuesday to two years of probation and community service after his July arrest for driving a Bentley Silver Spur at 143 mph on an interstate highway near his offseason home. The five misdemeanor charges included one for resisting arrest.

Richardson's guilty plea to the most serious offense will be expunged if he successfully completes probation.

He served a four-game, early season suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. His defense attorney said he doesn't expect Richardson to face more NFL discipline related to the Missouri case.


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Maty Mauk suspended indefinitely from Missouri football program http://www.komu.com/news/maty-mauk-suspended-indefinitely-from-missouri-football-program/ http://www.komu.com/news/maty-mauk-suspended-indefinitely-from-missouri-football-program/ Football Mon, 25 Jan 2016 11:17:35 PM Rose Schmidt, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Maty Mauk suspended indefinitely from Missouri football program

COLUMBIA - University of Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk has been suspended indefinitely from Missouri football, according to a joint statement from MU Athletic Director Mac Rhoades and Head Coach Barry Odom.

The statement read:

"We are currently gathering information regarding the video in question. This is an issue we take very seriously and one that will not be tolerated within our program. We will take the appropriate action once we have all the facts. In the interim, Maty Mauk has been indefinitely suspended from the Mizzou football program."

MU did not explain what video the statement is referencing. However, several media outlets, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, link the statement to a nine-second video on Twitter of someone who looks like Mauk snorting a white substance.

A Twitter user sent a video matching that description to KOMU 8 News; however, the station cannot verify the authenticity of the video or who is pictured.

Missouri suspended Mauk twice during the 2015 season for disciplinary reasons.

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