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. () () Tue, 31 May 2016 19:05:41 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 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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Chiefs promote Childress, Nagy to co-offensive coordinators http://www.komu.com/news/chiefs-promote-childress-nagy-to-co-offensive-coordinators/ http://www.komu.com/news/chiefs-promote-childress-nagy-to-co-offensive-coordinators/ Football Thu, 21 Jan 2016 6:43:26 PM The Associated Press Chiefs promote Childress, Nagy to co-offensive coordinators

KANSAS CITY (AP) — The Chiefs have promoted Brad Childress and Matt Nagy to co-offensive coordinators, where they will replace new Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson.

Childress had been the spread game analyst and special projects coach the past three years, while Nagy was in charge of quarterbacks. Childress also spent five seasons as head coach in Minnesota.

Both assistants have lengthy histories with Chiefs coach Andy Reid.

Childress spent seven seasons with him in Philadelphia, coaching quarterbacks for three years and the final four as offensive coordinator. Nagy was an offensive quality control coach in Philadelphia and followed Reid to Kansas City prior to the 2013 season.

 


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Seat license holders sue Rams over access to LA seats http://www.komu.com/news/seat-license-holders-sue-rams-over-access-to-la-seats/ http://www.komu.com/news/seat-license-holders-sue-rams-over-access-to-la-seats/ Football Thu, 21 Jan 2016 5:41:54 PM The Associated Press Seat license holders sue Rams over access to LA seats

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A second lawsuit has been filed over the Rams' move to Los Angeles, this time by holders of personal seat licenses who say they should retain their right to seat licenses and season tickets in California.

The suit was filed last week in St. Louis County. Messages seeking comment from the Rams were not returned.

The suit alleges that the PSL agreement is valid through 2025, but does not stipulate where the games are played. It seeks class-action status for more than 30,000 other PSL holders who retained their licenses through the 2015 season.

Another lawsuit accuses Rams owner Stan Kroenke and chief operating officer Kevin Demoff of deceiving fans by claiming the team had no intention of leaving St. Louis, violating Missouri's Merchandising Practices Act.

 


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Mizzou gives Pinkel contract to be fundraiser, ambassador http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-gives-pinkel-contract-to-be-fundraiser-ambassador/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-gives-pinkel-contract-to-be-fundraiser-ambassador/ Football Thu, 21 Jan 2016 3:37:28 PM The Associated Press Mizzou gives Pinkel contract to be fundraiser, ambassador

COLUMBIA (AP) — Former University of Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel will remain at the university as a fundraiser and ambassador, earning nearly $1 million over the length of a three-year contract.

The university announced the contract Thursday. It calls for Pinkel to earn $350,000 in both 2016 and 2017, and $250,000 in 2018.

Pinkel announced his retirement in November. He was diagnosed with a form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in the spring but kept the diagnosis quiet until his retirement announcement. Pinkel, who is 63, led Missouri to a 118-73 record and 10 bowl appearances in 15 seasons.

The university says his new role will include assisting with fundraising and "donor/fan engagement," along with serving as an adviser and an ambassador for the university at public appearances.

 


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St. Louis aldermen to vote on financing for Rams stadium http://www.komu.com/news/st-louis-aldermen-to-vote-on-financing-for-rams-stadium/ http://www.komu.com/news/st-louis-aldermen-to-vote-on-financing-for-rams-stadium/ Football Fri, 18 Dec 2015 5:28:24 PM The Associated Press St. Louis aldermen to vote on financing for Rams stadium

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis aldermen have agreed to spend $150 million to help finance a new riverfront football stadium as part of the effort to keep the Rams from moving.

Aldermen voted 17-10 to approve the measure Friday. The vote does not guarantee that owner Stan Kroenke will keep the team in St. Louis, but was considered vital toward the effort to build the new $1 billion stadium that could entice NFL owners against allowing the Rams to move.

The Rams and two other teams are seeking to move to Los Angeles. League owners meet next month to consider the issue.

In a statement, the St. Louis stadium task force called the approval "a significant milestone." But some opponents at the meeting booed. One shouted, "Shame on you" at aldermen.

 


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Missouri hires DeMontie Cross as defensive coordinator http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-hires-demontie-cross-as-defensive-coordinator/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-hires-demontie-cross-as-defensive-coordinator/ Football Fri, 18 Dec 2015 5:22:27 PM The Associated Press Missouri hires DeMontie Cross as defensive coordinator

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — New Missouri coach Barry Odom has hired DeMontie Cross, a former teammate at the school, as his defensive coordinator.

The move comes a day after Josh Heupel was hired as offensive coordinator.

Cross has been linebackers coach at TCU the last three seasons and last year also served as co-defensive coordinator. The 11th-ranked Horned Frogs are 10-2 and will play No. 15 Oregon Jan. 2 in the Alamo Bowl, and Cross will join Missouri after that game.

Cross, who is from St. Louis, began his coaching career as a graduate assistant/outside linebackers coach at Missouri for Larry Smith in 1998-99. He was an NFL defensive assistant coach for five years from 2006-10 with the Buffalo Bills.

Odom and Cross were teammates in 1996 at Missouri.

 


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Austin, Gurley lead Rams past Buccaneers, 31-23 http://www.komu.com/news/austin-gurley-lead-rams-past-buccaneers-31-23/ http://www.komu.com/news/austin-gurley-lead-rams-past-buccaneers-31-23/ Football Thu, 17 Dec 2015 10:50:20 PM The Associated Press Austin, Gurley lead Rams past Buccaneers, 31-23

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tavon Austin scored twice, Todd Gurley topped 1,000 yards rushing and the Rams beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-23 on Thursday night in what could be the franchise's final game in St. Louis.

The 31st-ranked offense had an inspired effort in front of another half-filled but spirited Edward Jones Dome crowd, rolling to a 21-3 halftime lead behind two touchdown passes by Case Keenum.

Fans chanted "Keep Our Rams! Keep Our Rams!" and carried signs, one of them reading "We Don't Need Kroenke, We Just Want our Rams."

Owner Stan Kroenke, who wants to move the Rams (6-8) to Los Angeles, attended the finale but kept a low profile.

Jameis Winston threw two touchdown passes in a big fourth quarter and finished with a career-best 363 yards passing for Tampa Bay (6-8).

 


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Missouri hires Josh Heupel as offensive coordinator http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-hires-josh-heupel-as-offensive-coordinator/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-hires-josh-heupel-as-offensive-coordinator/ Football Thu, 17 Dec 2015 9:22:52 PM The Associated Press Missouri hires Josh Heupel as offensive coordinator

COLUMBIA (AP) — New Missouri coach Barry Odom has hired Josh Heupel as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Heupel is finishing his first season as assistant head coach/offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach with Utah State and will join the staff after the Aggies play in the Idaho Potato Bowl on Tuesday against Akron. The school will release contract details at a later date.

Heupel has been a part of 13 bowl teams and six conference championships since beginning his coaching career in 2003, including 11 seasons at Oklahoma. He helped mentor Heisman Trophy winners Jason White (2003) and Sam Bradford (2008) at Oklahoma, and Landry Jones won the Sammy Baugh award in 2010 as the nation's top passer.

Heupel started at quarterback on Oklahoma's 2000 BCS championship team and finished second in Heisman Trophy balloting.

 


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Missouri bid to strip scholarships if athletes strike pulled http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-bid-to-strip-scholarships-if-athletes-strike-pulled/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-bid-to-strip-scholarships-if-athletes-strike-pulled/ Football Wed, 16 Dec 2015 6:52:03 PM The Associated Press Missouri bid to strip scholarships if athletes strike pulled

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker has withdrawn a bill that sought to strip scholarships from college athletes who go on strike or refuse to play for reasons unrelated to health.

Republican state Rep. Rick Brattin dropped the 5-day-old legislation Wednesday. He says he introduced the measure last Friday merely to entice dialogue about what he considers "an extremely important topic."

Brattin's proposed the measure in response to last month's threat by University of Missouri football players to not play due to the administration's handling of racial discrimination complaints at its main campus.

The players' participation helped force changes at the school, including the resignations of the university system's president and Columbia campus' chancellor.

 


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Gurley, Rams break 5-game slump with 21-14 win over Lions http://www.komu.com/news/gurley-rams-break-5-game-slump-with-21-14-win-over-lions/ http://www.komu.com/news/gurley-rams-break-5-game-slump-with-21-14-win-over-lions/ Football Sun, 13 Dec 2015 3:41:22 PM The Associated Press Gurley, Rams break 5-game slump with 21-14 win over Lions

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Todd Gurley ran for 140 yards and two second-half touchdowns, and the St. Louis Rams ended a five-game losing streak with a 21-14 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Trumaine Johnson's 58-yard interception return for St. Louis (5-8) was the only score in the first half, plus he did most of the work holding Calvin Johnson to a late 16-yard catch. Aaron Donald had three sacks of Matthew Stafford to further boost a defense that had sagged in recent weeks.

Golden Tate caught two touchdown passes for Detroit (4-9), which didn't have much to show for extra days off to regroup from a game-ending TD pass by the Packers on Dec. 3.

 


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