KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Tiger Talk Tiger Talk en-us Copyright 2018, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sat, 23 Jun 2018 HH:06:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Mizzou basketball player starts nonprofit for Columbia kids http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-basketball-player-starts-nonprofit-for-columbia-kids/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-basketball-player-starts-nonprofit-for-columbia-kids/ Tiger Talk Fri, 15 Dec 2017 8:15:38 AM Matt Schmittdiel, KOMU 8 Reporter Mizzou basketball player starts nonprofit for Columbia kids

COLUMBIA - A Missouri basketball player and a former Mizzou student have teamed up to start a nonprofit aimed at helping local children.

Junior guard Terrence Phillips and MU graduate Ashley Reed started "Beyond The Ball" in 2017 to help enrich the lives of children in Columbia.

"It was a way for me to give back to the community to someplace that I have called home for the past three years here, that has shown me so much love and support," Phillips said.

The non-profit is currently hosting a toy drive that will end Friday evening. All of the collected toys will be given to kids at "Beyond The Ball's" first ever Christmas celebration on Sunday.

"Beyond The Ball" is asking for new and unwrapped gifts. They have a wish list online detailing what kind of toys to buy. The deadline for drop off toys is Friday evening, but "Beyond The Ball" will still accept donations online through a GoFundMe.

Donation boxes are located at:

  • Jimmy's Steakhouse
  • Truman's Bar & Grill
  • Willie's / Fieldhouse
  • Flipz USA Gymnastics
  • Rise on 9th

Phillips said being able to provide gifts during this holiday season is a great opportunity to help, but said he is looking forward to meeting and interacting with the kids at Sunday's celebration even more.

"Everyone always talks about having a 'why,' why you do something. These kids are my 'why:' why I keep playing basketball, why I wake up every morning to go to school, you know wake up and work hard in basketball and practice like that. They are my 'why,'" Phillips said. "This is why I keep going. Having that interaction with them is going to go a long way not just for them, but for me too."

Reed said their initial goal for the organization was to have a flagship back-to-school backpack and school supply drive, but said they didn't have enough time to get it ready.

"We started with that idea so late, probably around three weeks before school started, which is not enough time to get donation and set the event up," Reed said. "We still wanted to do something for the community, so we were thinking what else could we do and we came up with the toy drive."

Reed said the original goal to raise for the toy drive was $2,500, but said they went past their initial goal and now are looking to hit the $5,000 mark. 

As of Friday morning "Beyond The Ball" said they had around 250 toys and said they hope to reach 500 by Sunday. Phillips said he is excited to see how the kids react to some of his favorite toys from the drive.

"My all-time favorite would have to probably be this Batman mask right here. One because I’m a big Batman fan, like I’ve probably seen all the movies, and one because it lights up and everything," Phillips said. "It also has a voice changer, like I’m super excited about this. I might have to actually buy one myself, just so I can keep it in the house."

Reed and Phillips have spent hours baking cookies leading up to the Christmas celebration where kids can decorate their own sugar cookie.

The Christmas celebration will be December 17 from 5-6:30 PM at 210 St. James St.

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Geist leads Missouri past Green Bay 100-77 http://www.komu.com/news/geist-leads-missouri-past-green-bay-100-77/ http://www.komu.com/news/geist-leads-missouri-past-green-bay-100-77/ Tiger Talk Sun, 10 Dec 2017 9:39:48 AM The Associated Press Geist leads Missouri past Green Bay 100-77

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Jordan Geist, a role player known most for his scrappy style, scored 28 points Saturday night to help Missouri beat Green Bay 100-77.

Geist, a reserve guard who entered the game averaging 5.2 points, turned into a scoring machine, exceeding his previous career high by 10. Geist had 18 points at halftime on 7-of-8 shooting. He continued his efficient play in the second half, finishing 11 of 14 from the field. He even dunked — sort of, as the ball got a bit of the rim — on a breakaway after a steal.

Green Bay (3-5) hit five of its first seven shots and opened a 13-4 lead. Missouri's Kevin Puryear tied it at 21 with a driving layup with 11:30 left before halftime, and Jordan Barnett's 3-pointer a few minutes later gave the Tigers a 29-21 lead. It only got worse for the Phoenix, who couldn't stop penetration by Missouri's guards. By halftime, the Tigers led 60-40.

Turnovers have been a problem for Missouri (8-2) early in the season, but it only had eight against Green Bay. Barnett finished with 19 points, Jeremiah Tilmon added 12 points and 11 rebounds and Jontay Porter finished with 12 points and eight rebounds. Walk-on Adam Wolf, a fan favorite, got the Tigers to the 100-point mark with a 3-pointer in the final minute.

David Jesperson made 5 of 6 3-pointers and led the Phoenix with 17 points. Khalil Small added 12, Will Chevalier scored 11 and Hunter Crist finished with 10.


Green Bay: Saturday's game was a reunion for Phoenix coach Linc Darner. He was a teammate of Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin at Purdue from 1992-95. Darner scored 437 career points for the Boilermakers, while Martin racked up 1,666 career points.

Missouri: Coach Martin announced Friday that freshman C.J. Roberts plans to transfer. Roberts, 6-foot point guard from Irving, Texas, was expected to redshirt this season. The Tigers usually play three point guards, and none of them are seniors, so prospects for future playing time were cloudy. "We wish him nothing but the best, and we will assist him in any way possible," Martin said.


Green Bay: The Phoenix will visit Indiana State (4-5) on Tuesday.

Missouri: The Tigers have the week off for final exams and return to court Saturday with a home game against North Florida (3-7).

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Missouri falls flat in 32-point loss to Purdue http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-falls-flat-in-32-point-loss-to-purdue/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-falls-flat-in-32-point-loss-to-purdue/ Tiger Talk Sat, 16 Sep 2017 8:23:16 PM Andrew Carlson, KOMU 8 Sports Missouri falls flat in 32-point loss to Purdue

COLUMBIA - A 66-yard punt from Missouri Punter Corey Fatony is about the only positive to take from the Tigers' 35-3 home loss at the hands of the Purdue Boilermakers.

"Everything felt and looked and smelled right...so we obviously didn't execute very good early on, on either side of the ball," Missouri Head Coach Barry Odom said after his defense allowed 477 total yards to the Boilermakers.

After nursing a bruised tailbone during the week, running back Damarea Crockett led the Tigers in carries with 10, rushing for just 19 yards. Missouri rushed for 70 total yards on the day.

Quarterback Drew Lock did not throw for a touchdown on the day, but turned the ball over twice by way of interception. Lock ended up with just 133 yards on the day.

The Missouri defense finished the day with three sacks, but Purdue Quarterback David Blough finished with just six incompletions.

Missouri's next game will be at home on September 23, time is to be announced.

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Jontay Porter: "A Safe Assumption" to Reclassify for the 2017-18 Season http://www.komu.com/news/jontay-porter-a-safe-assumption-to-reclassify-for-the-2017-18-season/ http://www.komu.com/news/jontay-porter-a-safe-assumption-to-reclassify-for-the-2017-18-season/ Tiger Talk Thu, 13 Jul 2017 9:01:08 PM Andrew Carlson, KOMU 8 Sports Jontay Porter:

AUGUSTA, GA. - According to Gary Parrish of CBS Sports, Jontay Porter said it is "a safe assumption" that he will reclassify and join the Missouri basketball team for the 2017-18 season.

Jontay, the younger brother of Missouri freshman Michael Porter Jr., is currently ranked as the 14th best recruit in the country by 247sports in the class of 2018.

Porter announced his commitment to the Tigers in May, but stayed quiet about potential reclassification, stating that he would announce his decison around the time of Peach Jam, currently taking place in Augusta, GA.

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TARGET 8: Missouri Gymnastics posts abnormally high departure numbers http://www.komu.com/news/target-8-missouri-gymnastics-posts-abnormally-high-departure-numbers/ http://www.komu.com/news/target-8-missouri-gymnastics-posts-abnormally-high-departure-numbers/ Tiger Talk Mon, 8 May 2017 1:59:18 PM Mark Kim and Mitchel Summers, KOMU 8 Sports Reporters TARGET 8: Missouri Gymnastics posts abnormally high departure numbers

COLUMBIA - Since the end of the 2013-2014 season, eight Missouri gymnasts have left the team for non-injury concerns, which is one of the highest rates in the SEC during that time frame, according to public information.

Missouri led the SEC in non-injury related departures in both the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 seasons.

The gymnastics team is also second in non-injury related departures among non-revenue women's sports at Missouri, according to data collected by KOMU 8 News.  


KOMU 8 News has been comparing Missouri gymnastics rosters since the 2013-2014 season. That was the first season of head coach Shannon Welker. We've noticed that a high number of gymnasts with eligibility remaining would disappear from the roster for unclear reasons. We labeled these "non-injury related departures." To be considered for this statistic, an athlete had to have either transferred schools or left for unclear reasons. If an athlete left the team for reasons like career-ending injuries, academic issues or left the team but stayed as a manager, they were not included in this statistic. 

In the past three seasons, Missouri has lost Anna Bowers, Rachel Henderson, Lark Pokladnik, Rachel Updike, Sasha Sander, Jordyn Doherty, Kelli Martin and Storee Yzaguirre.

Welker used phrases such as “pursuit of other interests” and “personal reasons” as reasons for those gymnasts leaving.  

KOMU 8 News spoke to some of these former gymnasts, and they said Welker’s depictions of their departures aren’t necessarily true.

Yzaguirre can’t help but look back at the memories of her Missouri gymnastics career.

“When I visited Mizzou, there was something different about it. Everything just seemed right. It seemed like it was a place that was for me,” Yzaguirre said.

She performed in exhibition twice and once scored a 9.775 on beam. She said her coaches, especially Welker, took notice.  

“He told me at one point last year that I had the potential to have one of the best beam routines in the NCAA.”

But Yzaguirre’s future in gymnastics changed in the summer of 2016 when she noticed an incorrect charge in her bank account in June.

Storee Yzaguire’s bank account is pictured above. Yzaguirre said she closed the account soon after seeing the charge of $777.95 to Log Hill Properties.


According to court documents, the financial charge came from Morgan Porter, Yzaguirre's teammate on the gymnastics team. At first, Yzaguirre said, she couldn't believe Porter was connected with the charge.   

“Like, there’s some kind of mistake. This couldn’t have happened. There was no part of me that actually thought it was her,” Yzaguirre said.

According to court documents, Yzaguirre and Porter were roommates the year prior. Yzaguirre said she believes that’s when Porter took her account information.

She said Porter was initially dismissive of the claims. From there, she said, she approached Welker.

“He told me that he wanted to have us handle this internally,” Yzaguirre said of the meeting.

Yzaguirre’s mother also emailed Mizzou Compliance asking about the situation. Representatives from Missouri's athletic department and student conduct departments were in touch with Yzaguirre. Sarah Reesman, Missouri's athletic director at the time, was also involved in these conversations.

As the summer passed by with little change on the situation, Yzaguirre switched her focus back to gymnastics. She was preparing to compete in the upcoming 2016-2017 season on the beam, where she said Welker had previously told her she would be featured.

However, Yzaguirre said her next meeting with Welker took an unexpected turn.

“We had another conversation and immediately, basically just told me that I was never going to compete, and he wasn't going to let me and if I wanted to do college gymnastics that I couldn't do it here at Mizzou. I was released from the team about two and a half weeks before school started, kind of leaving me without time to transfer,” Yzaguirre said.

Yzaguirre said she saw no other option but to file a police report.

Prosecutors then filed charges accusing Porter of misdemeanor Fraudulent Use of Credit/Debit Device over $500.00. Months later, Porter pleaded guilty to misdemeanor passing of a bad check.

Porter received probation and community service from the courts. She was given a small suspension by Missouri gymnastics and allowed back on the team, while Yzaguirre was removed.

“I feel like Shannon is working pretty hardly against me in this case. Morgan is probably the best one on the team, so I think he's fighting really hard for her,” Yzaguire said.

While athletes being removed from a team isn’t abnormal, especially when there are changes in coaches, former gymnasts say this situation is different.

Several former athletes told KOMU 8 News they had problems with Welker's coaching and saw issues no matter whether the woman was a walk on or a star athlete.

“I could see the way he treated other girls. I knew it wasn't right.” said Rachel Updike, an All-American gymnast who starred at Missouri from 2011-2014.

When Lark Pokladnik was on the team from 2013-2014, she said, she felt Welker created an uncomfortable environment for his team.

“There was not a day that I walked into the gym excited to be there. Every day I went in I was like, ‘What torture am I going to experience today?’” Pokladnik said.

Pokladnik said she immediately ran into problems with Welker’s coaching style.

For their first away meet at Alabama in 2013, she was told there wasn’t space on the flight; however, she said, she remembered an injured athlete and a team media person being taken instead of her.

“He was definitely intentionally trying to keep me out. Like, just to get me off the team. Just to say that there wasn't proof that I was contributing,” Pokladnik said.

Several athletes said once they were injured, Welker would either force them to compete or cast them aside. For former Missouri gymnast Jordyn Doherty she dealt with both situations as a Missouri gymnast from 2014-2015.

Doherty landed awkwardly at a scrimmage and tore ligaments in her foot. She said, even though her foot was black and blue and in a boot for a month, Welker didn’t relent. 

Jordyn Doherty (right) is wearing a boot in this photo. She says coach Shannon Welker pushed her even while she nursed this injury.

“I was trying to get across to Shannon that ‘I can barely walk. Like I really need you to work with me here,’” Doherty said.

Athletes inside the gym said extreme pressure made them adopt harmful dieting habits. Doherty said the pressure pushed her to extreme lengths.

“I was going to the extent of taking laxatives and not eating. And when I was eating, I was eating celery, and I don’t like celery at all. But I was holding my nose just to get celery down just to get something in my body,” Doherty said.  

A head coach can add or remove players at their discretion, but Welker’s approach left many athletes feeling without clear reasoning. Privacy laws and other collegiate athletics policies make it even more difficult for the media and general public to know what is happening inside programs.

Doherty didn’t compete in the 2014-2015 season because of her foot injury. She had made it to the end of year banquet, and she said the coaching staff spoke highly of her return. 

“At the banquet in front of my friends, my family, my teammates, staff, [Coach Welker] said, ‘We’re so excited to have you, Jordyn, back. She’s gonna be a great aspect to the team when her foot is healed,’” Doherty said.

A few days later, Doherty said, she was called into Welker’s office where he told her she was removed from the team.

“There was no reason behind it. He said ‘I don’t have words. I don’t know what you want me to say,’” Doherty said.

In a phone call recorded by Doherty’s family, Doherty asked Welker why she was removed. Between long pauses, he mentioned that they didn’t see eye-to-eye on objectives and there was an issue with her attitude. His response ended with “You know, I don’t know what you want specifically on there.”

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After competing in some anchor positions for MU, Pokladnik said, she was called into Welker’s office for end of year meetings where she learned she would no longer be on the team.

“He told me that I wasn't good enough, that I didn't try hard enough and that I wasn't a good fit for the team. You know how hard I work, you know what I came in here to do and everything you just said was not true. He had nothing to say. He basically sat there and almost nodded his head at me in agreement,” Pokladnik said.

Pokladnik said Welker told her she had a spot as a walk on, but Pokladnik declined the offer and transferred to Iowa State the following season.

Doherty and Pokladnik left the team following a decision from Welker, but Updike chose on her own to leave the team.

Updike - an All-American and one of MU’s most decorated gymnasts - walked away from the gymnastics team before her final senior season. She attempted to transfer schools after leaving the team, but Mizzou Athletics barred her request.

After she left, Welker said in interviews that Updike had “personal reasons” to leave.

“He knew why I wasn't on the team anymore. It was because I wouldn't sign that contract. That's the only reason why I wasn't there,” Updike said.

Updike said Welker attempted to have her sign a contract detailing the amount of events she would perform in during the gymnastics season. Updike could not provide KOMU 8 News with a copy of the contract.

When reflecting on their time at MU, all of the gymnast shared the same thought.

“There just has to be a change with the family aspect of it, and I don't know if he can do that,” Updike said.

Pokladnik said, “I remember a girl from my club team who was visiting Missouri for like an opportunity to go there and I remember like texting her and being like ‘Do not go there.'”

Doherty said, “To the recruits that are coming in, don’t. Don’t even try. Go somewhere you’re gonna have an amazing experience. Go somewhere where you’re gonna get that because you’re not gonna get that here, not with Shannon.”

Yzaguirre said, “I would want to find a gymnastics program with a coach that I knew truly cared about me as a person and I don't think that that is found here with Coach Welker"

KOMU 8 News reached out to Welker, Morgan Porter, Athletic Director Jim Sterk and former Athletic Director Mike Alden multiple times. They all either declined to comment or did not respond to requests.

Nick Joos, Missouri's Senior Associate Athletic Director for Strategic Communications, said in an email to KOMU 8 News: “Our goal is to provide the best possible student-athlete experience, and we utilize a variety of scheduled and informal opportunities to gather feedback from our student-athletes.”

KOMU 8 News reached out again for comment on specific on-the-record claims by athletes, but Joos said Mizzou Athletics wouldn't comment on anonymous allegations.

Despite being told the sources are named and on the record, Joos responded, "They are anonymous in the fact that they have not brought their concerns to the appropriate staff within the athletic department."

(Editors Note: This story was previously published with a reference to a contract involving Rachel Updike. KOMU 8 News added more information to explain the statement.)

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Mizzou baseball wins series against Georgia http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-baseball-wins-series-against-georgia/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-baseball-wins-series-against-georgia/ Tiger Talk Sat, 8 Apr 2017 6:49:40 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Mizzou baseball wins series against Georgia

ATLANTA - Mizzou baseball won the rubber game of its series over the University of Georgia Saturday, 6-1, at the brand new SunTrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves. 

33,025 people attended the game, the second-largest crowd to ever see a college baseball game.

Junior starting pitcher Bryce Montes De Oca (3-1) threw a career-high six innings for the Tigers, allowing two hits and one run while striking out six en route to a victory.

Tiger freshman pitcher T.J. Sikkema relieved Montes De Oca in the seventh inning and earned his fourth save of the season by throwing three scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out three.

Trailing 1-0 following a Georgia sacrifice fly in the second, Mizzou (23-9, 6-6 SEC) countered in the fourth. After the first two batters of the inning walked, junior outfielder and Atlanta native Trey Harris hit his second homer in as many days to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead.

Mizzou added three more insurance runs in the eighth inning. Sophomore Brian Sharp singled in a run in the inning and junior Alex Samples scored two with a double.

Georgia (14-19, 4-8 SEC) struggled to get timely hits. The Bulldogs hit .067 (1-15) with runners on base and didn't get a hit in nine at bats with runners in scoring position.

The Tigers will next open a six-game homestand beginning Tuesday against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.


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Mizzou softball wins ranked match-up against Arkansas http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-softball-wins-ranked-match-up-against-arkansas/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-softball-wins-ranked-match-up-against-arkansas/ Tiger Talk Fri, 7 Apr 2017 9:46:55 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou softball wins ranked match-up against Arkansas

COLUMBIA - No. 25 Mizzou softball claimed a series-opening victory over No. 24 Arkansas Friday night, 1-0.

Tiger starting pitcher, senior Cheyenne Baxter (9-2), threw a complete game shutout. She worked around four hits and two walks to keep the Razorbacks off the scoreboard, striking out eight.

Baxter finished March with a 6-1 record over 11 appearances, including eight starts, with a 1.77 ERA, five complete games and two shutouts.

Since the turn of April, Baxter is 2-0, allowing one run in 13.1 innings. She defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide April 2. 

Baxter was selected on April 4 as the Week Eight Louisville Slugger / NFCA Division I National Pitcher of the Week as well as SEC Pitcher of the Week.

The lone Mizzou run was scored by freshman Gabby Garrison on a wild pitch in the third inning.

Mizzou (21-14, 4-5 SEC) and Arkansas (22-14, 2-11 SEC) will meet again Saturday 2 p.m. and Sunday at noon.

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Former Mizzou QB Chase Daniel signs with the Saints http://www.komu.com/news/former-mizzou-qb-chase-daniel-signs-with-the-saints/ http://www.komu.com/news/former-mizzou-qb-chase-daniel-signs-with-the-saints/ Tiger Talk Wed, 29 Mar 2017 9:16:27 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Former Mizzou QB Chase Daniel signs with the Saints

NEW ORLEANS - Former Mizzou QB Chase Daniel has signed a one-year deal to play for the New Orleans Saints next season in the NFL.

This is the second time Daniel will have played for the Saints. Daniel played his first four seasons as a backup in New Orleans behind Drew Brees.

Daniel has also played for Kansas City and Philadelphia. The Eagles released Daniel this offseason when it was clear he wouldn't start.

For his career, Daniel has a 65.4 completion percentage and has thrown for 480 yards. He's 1-1 in two career starts.

As a Mizzou Tiger, Daniel was the most decorated QB in program history. He holds school records for completions, passing yards, touchdowns, quarterback rating and wins. Daniel was the Big 12 Player of the Year and a Heisman finalist in 2007. 

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Michael Scherer chases NFL dream despite injury http://www.komu.com/news/michael-scherer-chases-nfl-dream-despite-injury/ http://www.komu.com/news/michael-scherer-chases-nfl-dream-despite-injury/ Tiger Talk Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:11:48 AM Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Michael Scherer chases NFL dream despite injury

COLUMBIA - Missouri linebacker Michael Scherer has had an additional hurdle to jump through while he pursues his NFL dream. 

The senior tore both his ACL and MCL against Middle Tennessee in 2016, effectively ending his season and his Missouri football career. 

After getting leg surgery in November 2016, Scherer had his doubts about a future in the NFL. 

“The uncertainty was tough for like two weeks and then I saw how fast I was getting better,” Scherer said. 

Five months after surgery, Scherer was healthy enough to participate in Mizzou’s NFL Pro Day. Scherer had 26 reps on the bench press, a 34-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot broad jump. Those numbers would've placed Scherer in the top 15 among linebackers in the NFL Combine had he been invited to participate. 

Teammate Charles Harris said Scherer's performance at Pro Day motivated the entire team.

“Seeing him warm up and do what he possibly could, the entire team exploded when he did his vertical jump,” Harris said. 

But Scherer wasn't able to fully participate in every test. He sat out of events such as the 40-yard dash and 3-cone drill because hasn't fully recovered from his injury. 

“My leg’s kind of normal again. But my right leg, the bad one, hasn’t caught up to my left one yet. When you get to moving at a fast pace it can look kind of funny. I just don’t want to get hurt," Scherer said.  

Despite the lingering injury, NFL teams are contacting Scherer about working out for them.

"I probably got a few workouts in this next month. They want to see me move around a little more,” Scherer said. 

Scherer said his performance at Pro Day proves he’s ready for the NFL. 



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Cuonzo Martin introduced as Mizzou basketball coach http://www.komu.com/news/cuonzo-martin-introduced-as-mizzou-basketball-coach/ http://www.komu.com/news/cuonzo-martin-introduced-as-mizzou-basketball-coach/ Tiger Talk Mon, 20 Mar 2017 4:47:52 PM Matt Antonic, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer and Chris Turner, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Cuonzo Martin introduced as Mizzou basketball coach

COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri introduced Cuonzo Martin as 19th head basketball coach in program history in a Monday press conference at Mizzou Arena.

Martin comes to Columbia after head coaching jobs at Missouri State, Tennessee and California, where he compiled an overall record of 186-121. He will take over as the head coach after Kim Anderson was fired by first-year athletic director Jim Sterk.

Before introducing Martin, Sterk spoke confidently that Martin was the right man for the job. "Today we are able to check off all the boxes to develop a championship program in the hiring of Cuonzo Martin," Sterk said. "Cuonzo from the very start looked like a great fit for the Missouri program and the community."

In his opening remarks, Martin, a native of East St. Louis, said that coming to Mizzou felt like coming home. "To be home just off I-70 is a tremendous feeling," Martin said.

Martin spoke highly of Mizzou's facilities and fan support, and said he did not believe the program lacked the ability to win. "I think we have everything to be the last team standing one day, and that is my goal," Martin said.

In his most recent job at California, Martin finished 62-39 in three seasons while making both the NCAA Tournament and the NIT once. Martin quickly became a favorite for the job in Columbia after Kim Anderson was fired, and he said that he hopes to finish his coaching career in Columbia.

"If Mizzou keeps me for 20 years, then it's my plan to be here for 20 years," Martin said, "I pray this is my final stop."



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Missouri softball splits Friday doubleheader in Clearwater http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-softball-splits-friday-doubleheader-in-clearwater/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-softball-splits-friday-doubleheader-in-clearwater/ Tiger Talk Fri, 17 Mar 2017 8:45:41 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri softball splits Friday doubleheader in Clearwater

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Missouri softball split its doubleheader Friday against Ohio State and Rutgers in the South Florida Tournament.

Mizzou (14-11, 0-2 SEC) fell to Ohio State 5-4 and later defeated Rutgers 9-1 in five innings.

Ohio State (14-6) jumped out to an early lead in the first game of the day, scoring three runs in the first inning off of Tiger pitchers Madi Norman and Cheyenne Baxter. 

Mizzou responded with 2 runs in the third and sixth innings, highlighted by two-run single from freshman shortstop Braxton Burnside to give the Tigers a 4-3 lead.

The Buckeyes countered with a run in the seventh and ninth innings to win the game and handed starter Madi Norman, who reentered the game in the eighth inning, her fifth loss of the season.

The second game was a different story, as Mizzou scored nine runs in the first three innings against Rutgers.

Baxter started the second game for the Tigers. She held the Scarlet Knights to one unearned run in three innings before sophomore Danielle Baumgartner closed it out with two shutout innings, to give Baxter her fourth victory in the season.

Regan Nash, Anna Reed and Burnside combined for 6 hits and 9 RBI in the win.

Mizzou will play another doubleheader Saturday against North Dakota State and South Florida, before concluding the tournament Sunday against Mommouth.


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J'den Cox's Final Journey at the Hearnes Center http://www.komu.com/news/j-den-cox-s-final-journey-at-the-hearnes-center/ http://www.komu.com/news/j-den-cox-s-final-journey-at-the-hearnes-center/ Tiger Talk Sun, 12 Feb 2017 8:12:18 PM Tyler Murry, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter J'den Cox's Final Journey at the Hearnes Center

COLUMBIA - J'den Cox's story at Missouri has been one of success and countless accolades.

From a bronze medal in Rio during the 2016 Summer Olympic games, to a NCAA National Title, Cox's success garnered a large spotlight.

However, before the games in Rio, Cox said he doesn't want the limelight, but if it's going to be there, he'd take it.

The limelight was on him one last time at the Hearnes Center Sunday Feb. 12 as (7) Missouri took on (19) Northern Iowa.

The public address announcer read off Cox's career achievements under a thunderous applause from his fans as Cox walked with his mother and father out for the final time. He embraced with his head coach, Brian Smith, and looked to the crowd with watery eyes.

"This was a big moment. I wanted this win," Cox said.

Unfortunately for Cox, his team around him crumbled under pressure as Missouri dug a 12-3 hole early. Problems continued in the 149-pound weight class as (2) Lavion Mayes suffered a 7-2 defeat to (8) Max Thomsen. Then, just minutes later the crowd went silent as (4) Daniel Lewis was pinned in the first round by (10) Bryce Steiert outing the Tigers out of reach.

"But I just didn't feel any fight, and that hurt for me as a person, as a teammate. When these guys look back on this they can say what they want, but they're not going to change my mind on that," Cox said.

Missouri Wrestling Head Coach Brian Smith said, "These games are never fun. You get your a** whooped it's never fun especially when you have a good program and expect to put trophies in the trophy case and win battles like that."

With his team down 25-5 before Cox could even step on the mat, he didn't care anymore. He was only focused on dominating like he had for four years under these lights.

"It just kind of hurt. I just uh....I just really wanted this win," Cox said with tears welling in his eyes.

Cox fired out of the gate with a take down followed by two no falls. Ironically, the some of the lights overhead the met shining down on the wrestlers went out, but it didn't matter. That's when Cox shined brightest.

Cox won his match in the 197-pound weight class over Jacob Holschlag on a technical fall. Right after the final whistle he smiled, raised his arm to the crowd and ran to his uncle. They hugged, and the emotion poured out.

"I'm hurting man. I can't say it enough how bad I wanted this."

The Tigers will look to get back on track against SIU Edwardsville Wednesday, Feb. 15.

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Mizzou basketball rally's for Rhyan, snaps 13 game losing streak http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-basketball-rally-s-for-rhyan-snaps-13-game-losing-streak/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-basketball-rally-s-for-rhyan-snaps-13-game-losing-streak/ Tiger Talk Sat, 4 Feb 2017 7:43:04 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Mizzou basketball rally's for Rhyan, snaps 13 game losing streak

COLUMBIA - Missouri basketball won for the first time since Dec. 6, defeating Arkansas 83-78 in the second "Rally for Rhyan" game Saturday.

The victory was the second in two seasons for Mizzou on "Rally for Rhyan" games; they won last year's game against Tennessee. The win Saturday ended a 13-game losing streak and is the first in conference play for the Tigers.

Rhyan Loos is the six-year old daughter of Mizzou coaching staff member Brad Loos. She is currently in a battle with pediatric cancer. The "Rally for Rhyan" games are to fundraise for further pediatric cancer research.

Attendance was listed at 11,434, the highest at Mizzou arena this season.

Mizzou (6-16, 1-9 SEC) were led in points by Jordan Barnett's 17. K.J. Walton, Kevin Puryear, and Cullen VanLeer joined him in double figures.

The 83 points scored by the Tigers was the highest total they've had since conference play started.

Mizzou got off to a hot start, scoring 47 points on 62 percent shooting in the first half. However, Arkansas made a run in the second half and hit four of their final five shots to push the Tigers. 

Arkansas (17-6, 6-4 SEC), led by former Mizzou coach Mike Anderson, won the first meeting against the Tigers in Fayetteville 92-73 on Jan. 14, but couldn't recover from their slow start. 

Mizzou travels to College Station Wednesday to face the Texas A&M Aggies. 


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Mizzou bounces back from tough loss to dismantle Northern Illinois http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-bounces-back-from-tough-loss-to-dismantle-northern-illinois/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-bounces-back-from-tough-loss-to-dismantle-northern-illinois/ Tiger Talk Sat, 4 Feb 2017 4:41:42 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Mizzou bounces back from tough loss to dismantle Northern Illinois

COLUMBIA - No. 7 Missouri defeated Northern Illinois Saturday afternoon in a wrestling conference dual, 38-3. The Tigers now have a 28-dual win streak in MAC duals dating back to the 2013-14 season.

The Tigers bounced back following a close loss against top-ranked Oklahoma State. 

Mizzou (10-3, 7-0 MAC) won the first nine matches and scored the first 38 points before Northern Illinois won the final match. The Tigers were lead by three falls and two major decisions.  

The 38 team points is a season-high in duals and the 35 point margin of victory is a season high as well.

The most competitive match came at 149 pounds between No. 2 Lavion Mayes of Missouri and No. 10 Steve Bleise of Northern Illinois. Mayes led 1-0 after the second period and held on to win 2-1. Mayes is 15-1 on the season and undefeated against MAC opponents. 

J'Den Cox remained undefeated on the season by earning a major decision over 12th-ranked Shawn Scott, 16-4.

Mizzou is now 15-4 against the Huskies, including an all-time 9-0 mark in Columbia and a 4-0 mark since joining the MAC. Last season, Mizzou went to DeKalb, Illinois and defeated Northern Illinois (6-7, 2-5 MAC) to clinch its second straight MAC regular season conference title.

Missouri returns to the matts at Hearnes Center Feb. 12 against Northern Iowa.

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Mizzou gymnastics loses battle of tigers in Baton Rouge http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-gymnastics-loses-battle-of-tigers-in-baton-rouge/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-gymnastics-loses-battle-of-tigers-in-baton-rouge/ Tiger Talk Fri, 3 Feb 2017 10:43:08 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Mizzou gymnastics loses battle of tigers in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, La. - The No. 11 Missouri gymnastics team suffered a 197.425-195.425 loss to No. 2 LSU on Friday night in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

LSU (5-0, 4-0) has now won 24 straight meets in the Pete Maravich Center. LSU has now earned a team score of 197 or better in 13-straight meets, one shy of the record set between the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Mizzou (5-3, 0-3), has now lost three consecutive meets after starting the season with five consecutive wins. All losses have come since SEC Freshman of the Year Morgan Porter tore her achilles against Alabama on Jan. 20.

LSU swept Mizzou, as Missouri scored lower in all four events. Mizzou only reached the 49.000 mark on one apparatus, the vault, scoring 49.125 in the second rotation.

Mizzou did get career-high performances from Britney Ward and Aspen Tucker on bars, who both posted 9.825.

Mizzou is in action next back at home on Friday, Feb. 10 when the team hosts No. 16 George Washington, Iowa State and Lindenwood from the Hearnes Center in a quad-meet.

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Mizzou Tennis sneaks past BYU http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-tennis-sneaks-past-byu/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-tennis-sneaks-past-byu/ Tiger Talk Fri, 3 Feb 2017 8:31:27 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Mizzou Tennis sneaks past BYU

PROVO, UTAH – Missouri Tennis defeated BYU , 4-3, Friday afternoon in Provo, Utah.

Mizzou (3-1) lost the opening doubles point before bouncing back and winning four of the six singles matches to take the victory.

Senior Bea Machado Santos put the Tigers on the board with a singles victory, first singles dual win of the season.

The teams went back and fourth, as BYU (1-1) won at No. 3 singles to tie the score at 2-2, then junior Amina Ismail earned the lead back for Mizzou with a 6-2, 6-2 victory in the No. 5 spot. Ismail currently owns a team-leading 17 overall wins.

Mizzou freshmen Tate Schroeder & Mackenzy Middlebrooks also secured singles victories, including a dual-clinching victory from Middlebrooks to earn the third victory of the season. 

Schroeder is now 3-0 to start the season following her win at the No. 4 spot, 6-3, 6-2. 

After Ismail's victory, BYU tied the match at 3-3, which produced a winner-take-all scenario for Middlebrooks to clinch the match with a win or a loss.

Tied at 3-3, No. 6 Middlebrooks defeated fellow frehsman Kate Cusick from BYU. The first set went to a tiebreaker, but Middlebrooks eventually took the set 7-6 (9).

Cusick won the second set, 6-4, to force a third set. After falling behind 1-4, Middlebrooks, bounced back to win six of the next seven games to secure her second career dual singles win and Mizzou's third match victory of the season. 

Mizzou will face its fifth opponent from its 10-game road trip Friday, Feb. 10, against Kansas State.

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Tiger Quarterback Club hosts banquet for Mizzou Football's signing day http://www.komu.com/news/tiger-quarterback-club-hosts-banquet-for-mizzou-football-s-signing-day/ http://www.komu.com/news/tiger-quarterback-club-hosts-banquet-for-mizzou-football-s-signing-day/ Tiger Talk Wed, 1 Feb 2017 7:03:04 AM Matt Vereen, KOMU 8 News Reporter Tiger Quarterback Club hosts banquet for Mizzou Football's signing day

COLUMBIA – Fans will have a chance to take in the signing day action Wednesday morning. The official booster club for Mizzou football is hosting a luncheon at Memorial Stadium for national signing day.

 The incoming Tiger class is ranked 48th in the nation based on commitments, according to 247 Sports. A standout in this class is the distinct lack of Missouri players.

 Mizzou only has one commitment from a Missouri player heading into signing day. That is the lowest ever for Mizzou Football. In addition, the Tigers do not have any Mid-Missouri commitments with the only Missouri player coming from Lee’s Summit.

 Columbia was home to some highly recruited players like Jaevon McQuitty of Battle High school and Thomas Dutton of Hickman. Mizzou did not extend an offer to either player. McQuitty has committed to Nebraska and Dutton has committed to Air Force.

 Even so, Missouri has picked up the pace in other states for recruits. Texas has yielded the most commitments of any state with four. Kyle Bowers, a past President of Tiger Quarterback Club, says fans are still very hopeful for the new class.

 “It’s Coach Odom and staff’s first recruiting class. It’s very strong and it’s gonna be exciting. I’m sure they’re filling the needs and it’s and exciting time as they get to implement their new system here at Mizzou,” Bowers said.

 The club’s banquet will run from 11:30 to 1:00. Members will hear from Mizzou coaches as the recruit signatures come in.

 News of signatures will be rolling in all day Wednesday and Mizzou Football will hold a press conference at 1:30 p.m.

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Missouri tops Vanderbilt, halts losing streak at five http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-tops-vanderbilt-halts-losing-streak-at-five/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-tops-vanderbilt-halts-losing-streak-at-five/ Tiger Talk Sat, 12 Nov 2016 7:22:30 PM Corey Miller, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Missouri tops Vanderbilt, halts losing streak at five

COLUMBIA — The Missouri football team did something they hadn't done in 13 months and 9 days on Saturday. They won a conference game.

The Tigers knocked off SEC rival Vanderbilt 26-17 at Faurot Field and got themselves into the conference win column for the first time since beating South Carolina last season. 

The stars for Mizzou made their presence known in this one.

Drew Lock played perhaps the best SEC game of his career, going 22 of 37 for 294 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. 

Freshman sensation Damarea Crockett rattled off 154 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Wide receiver J'Mon Moore, who has had an up and down season so far, had 138 yards receiving including an 82 yard TD reception from Lock.

On defense, Charles Harris built on his strong showing in South Carolina last week. The NFL prospect had 2.5 sacks and 9 tackles, and along with Marcell Frazier (who had 2.5 sacks himself) was in the Vanderbilt backfield all night long.

The win for Missouri snaps a five game losing streak, the program's longest since 2004. With a loss against Vanderbilt, the six game losing streak would have been Missouri's longest since 1995.

The game was not completely clean for Missouri, though.

Freshman kicker Tucker McCann missed two extra points and two field goals, prompting the coaching staff to turn to walk-on Ben Tesson to kick the last extra point. Coach Odom said after the game the kicking competition would be "open" in the coming week.

The Tigers will travel to Knoxville next, as they take on the Tennessee Volunteers. 

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LSU's backup running backs burns Missouri's defense http://www.komu.com/news/lsu-s-backup-running-backs-burns-missouri-s-defense/ http://www.komu.com/news/lsu-s-backup-running-backs-burns-missouri-s-defense/ Tiger Talk Sat, 1 Oct 2016 9:24:35 PM Mark Kim, KOMU Sports Reporter LSU's backup running backs burns Missouri's defense

BATON ROUGE - No Leonard Fournette, no problem for LSU. 

LSU beat Missouri on their Homecoming night, 42-7, even without the injured running back's star power. The duo of Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams combined for 294 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns. Overall, LSU had 418 rushing yards against Missouri.

Missouri, on the other hand, couldn't get much offense in this game period. Drew Lock was held to 167 passing yards all night. But Lock was the only Tiger with a receiving touchdown after catching a 21-yard pass from receiver Eric Laurent on a trick play. 

It didn't help that Lock's #1 target J'Mon Moore was locked down by Tre'Davious White. It got to the point where Moore shoved White and almost incited a brawl at the end of the first half. Moore finished the night with one catch and 16 receiving yards. 

Missouri's running game didn't have much success either. Ish Witter led all Missouri backs with 48 rushing yards. In total, Missouri had 77 rushing yards on the night. 

Barry Odom's next challenge will be against Florida on October 15th. Missouri will have to take on the Gators without Brandon Lee in the first half. The back-up linebacker was suspended after being called for targeting in the 3rd quarter. 


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Missouri Football vs. LSU Live Blog http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-football-vs-lsu-live-blog/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-football-vs-lsu-live-blog/ Tiger Talk Sat, 1 Oct 2016 6:07:45 PM Mark Kim and Tyler Murry, KOMU Sports Reporters and Ben Burke, KOMU Sports Digital Producer Missouri Football vs. LSU Live Blog

BATON ROUGE - The Missouri Tigers football team is preparing to take on the LSU Tigers. Both teams are 2-2 as Missouri is looking to ruin Homecoming in Baton Rouge. Missouri is coming off a school-record 79-0 win over Delaware State. 

KOMU 8 Sports Reporters Mark Kim and Tyler Murry are both in Baton Rouge to cover the game. Be sure to follow them for updates. You can check out the Mizzou/LSU Twitter moment here.



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