KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Tiger Talk Tiger Talk en-us Copyright 2017, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:02:53 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 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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J'Den's Journey: Rio http://www.komu.com/news/j-den-s-journey-rio/ http://www.komu.com/news/j-den-s-journey-rio/ Tiger Talk Thu, 18 Aug 2016 4:35:49 PM Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter J'Den's Journey: Rio

COLUMBIA - If J'Den Cox is on the wrestling mat in a match, you can count on at least one of his parents watching in the stands.

"Whenever he has one, if I have the ability, I'm there," J'Den's father Michael Cox said.

Michael and J'Den's mother, Cathy Cox, have been attending J'Den's meets since he was five-years-old. The early wake-up calls for weigh-ins and rides to matches wasn't special treatment from the parents. 

"For years, I did it with my older kids and J'Den was no different," Michael Cox said. 

J'Den said he appreciates his parents continuing to have a steady presence at his meets.

"I'm blessed to have good parents. I'm very grateful for them, because they didn't have to do those things. They didn't have to take time out of their day," he said.

Michael Cox believes he and his wife's presence gives J'Den a little extra motivation to compete hard.

"When he sees us there physically, I think that makes him feel good to know that 'hey, my dad or my mom or the whole family took the time out just to come watch me,'" Michael Cox said. 

The parents wanted to bring that emotional support to Rio when they found out J'Den qualified to wrestle in the 2016 Summer Olympics. 

"We just want J'Den to know how much we support him and how much we love him, how much we're there for him," Cathy Cox said.

She, her husband and other family members will be going to the Olympics in part because of donations from the Columbia community.

"For them to be in the stands means a lot to me as a person and I'll cherish it," J'Den said.

When the parents are in Rio watching J'Den wrestle, they won't be looking for too much acknowledgement from their son while he's on the mat. Both Cathy Cox and J'Den said they want wrestling to be the focus.

"I'm more than happy in that my family gets to come and see me on the biggest stage and the biggest match of my career. I mean that's a blessing, but that won't be where my mind is at during the thing," J'Den said. 

He said he looks forward to meeting up with his family once he gets off the mat.

"Just wait till the end of duals, give them hugs and show them love and tell them I'm grateful for them to be there," J'Den said.

His parents will be focused on their own role: being his number one fans.

"I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to hold my heart in my chest the whole time he wrestles," Cathy Cox said. 

J'Den will wrestle in the 86-kg weight class on Saturday. Coverage of the meet starts at 8 a.m. on the USA Network.


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J'Den Cox's journey: Mizzou http://www.komu.com/news/j-den-cox-s-journey-mizzou/ http://www.komu.com/news/j-den-cox-s-journey-mizzou/ Tiger Talk Thu, 4 Aug 2016 2:55:27 PM Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter J'Den Cox's journey: Mizzou

COLUMBIA - When Hickman wrestler J'Den Cox committed to compete at his hometown school of Missouri, his future coach Brian Smith couldn't help but be excited. 

"He just has that attribute that when he steps on the mat, that something special is going to happen," Smith said. 

After watching Cox prepare for his freshman season, Smith let Cox compete his first year.

"When we saw him competing with Dom Bradleys and other people in our room, we were like 'this kid's already really good, let's put him out there and let him win the national title," Smith said. 

In his first year of collegiate wrestling, Cox went 38-2 and defeated number one ranked Nick Heflin to win his first national championship. He is the youngest national champion in Missouri wrestling history.

"He's worked as hard as anybody to just keep getting better every day, keep getting better, keep working hard," said Missouri wrestling P.A. announcer Darren Hellwege. 

But Cox's sophomore year on the mat didn't go as well. Cox finished 5th in the NCAA tournament in his second collegiate wrestling season. 

Smith said he thinks Cox put a lot more pressure on himself as a sophomore.

"When he was a junior, when he had come off that loss, he was like 'I'm going to enjoy this. I'm going to do things right, enjoy my team.' He just went out there and was taking it to people and enjoyed it more," Smith said.

Cox said, "I think every season I've taken something I've learned, something from each season and I've carried it and hopefully passed it on."

He won his second NCAA championship in his junior year while losing only one match. He defeated top- ranked Morgan McIntosh in the NCAA final in the process.

Cox's junior year gave him the confidence to compete in the Olympic Trials, and he said he's having more fun on the mat than ever. 

"It's my passion that carries me through each match and through each year. This is something I want to do," Cox said.

 


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J'den Cox's Journey: Hickman http://www.komu.com/news/j-den-cox-s-journey-hickman/ http://www.komu.com/news/j-den-cox-s-journey-hickman/ Tiger Talk Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:01:41 PM Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter J'den Cox's Journey: Hickman

COLUMBIA - Before J'Den Cox put on a singlet for the University of Missouri or Team USA, he wore a singlet representing Hickman High School. 

Former Hickman wrestling coach and current athletic director J.D. Coffman heard about Cox even before he step foot in Hickman. 

"When he came up through the kid's club, he won a lot of kids state championships," Coffman said. "So I was real excited to have him in my program."

Cox's success translated to high school as well. He won four state championships and only lost three matches while at Hickman. Those three losses came during his freshman year. 

Coffman said Cox's success as a high school wrestler is no surprise to him.

"Year after year, he continued to get stronger and more efficient with his technique. We knew he was destined for multiple state championships as long as he stayed focused," Coffman said. 

People at Hickman also remember Cox for his personality off the mat. 

"He's so easy to talk to one-on-one," said Cox's former teacher Robin Steinhaus. "He's very conscientious of other people. He's kind and that really shows in the way he interacts with everybody."

Cox still goes out of his way to help current wrestlers in the Hickman wrestling program.

"I think one of the biggest things the kids always remember is how friendly J'Den is. J'Den's willing to talk to everybody. J'Den's willing to help. J'Den is J'Den, and if you know J'Den at all, you know wrestling is an avenue for him to actually meet people and to get out there and work with others," current Hickman wrestling coach Dan Pieper said. 

The wrestling coaches at Hickman use Cox as a role model for their current wrestlers.

"We follow J'Den throughout the year, every year. We put up all of his articles on the window in our room. We always, from afar, watch him," Pieper said. 

Coffman, Steinhaus and Pieper agree Cox embodies what it's like to be a Hickman Kewpie.

"He continues to put a smile on his face, go out and give it his best effort every time and just have fun and that's what being a Kewpie is all about," Coffman said.

 


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DeMarre Carroll brings "Junkyard Dog" mindset to basketball camp http://www.komu.com/news/demarre-carroll-brings-junkyard-dog-mindset-to-basketball-camp/ http://www.komu.com/news/demarre-carroll-brings-junkyard-dog-mindset-to-basketball-camp/ Tiger Talk Mon, 18 Jul 2016 6:46:28 PM Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter DeMarre Carroll brings

COLUMBIA - Former Missouri basketball player DeMarre Carroll describes his basketball camp as "gritty" and "grimy," which is fitting considering his nickname is "The Junkyard Dog."

"You gonna get sweaty, you gonna get dirty, you gonna get some bumps and bruises. That's the type of camp I want, and that's the type of camp these kids need to get to the next level they need to get to," Carroll said. 

The Toronto Raptors forward brought his "gritty and grimy" basketball camp to Columbia kids on Monday at Tolton Catholic High School. 

"We really pay attention to the kids," Carroll said. "We try to split them up in a lot of stations, do a lot of one-on-one things, and I feel like that's the difference."

Assistant coaches for the camp include former Missouri Tiger Mike Anderson Jr., Columbia College guard Pep Stanciel and Carroll's brother DeAndre Carroll.

"All of these different coaches bring a different aspect, especially things I've learned myself going from Alabama, going from Atlanta, going to Arkansas for basketball camps, etc," Carroll said. "I feel like all these coaches bring different things to this camp, and I feel like it's gonna help these kids get better."

Carroll makes it a point to come back to Columbia for his basketball camp every year. 

"Most guys in the NBA, they go to camps every so often. But I come everyday and I show up," Carroll said.

Camp assistant coach Michael Jackson said people take notice of Carroll's presence at his camp.

"He plays in the NBA so [he doesn't] really have a lot of free time," Jackson said. "He's willing to put his time in, come back year after year for the community."

Jackson said Carroll's efforts to grow the Columbia basketball community go further than just his camps. 

"He's sponsoring an AAU team here to get basketball going even bigger here in Columbia, so he's dedicating his money and time to get that going," Jackson said.

According to Carroll, he will expand his AAU team "Team Carroll" from one Columbia team to three teams in the future. 

He said the Columbia community makes him feel at home whenever he visits, which is why he gives back to it. 

"I'm a Mizzou alumni, and I bleed gold and black, and I always try to come back because this is my home," Carroll said. "This is my home away from home, so I feel like every time I come back people are welcoming me with open arms."


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Laurence Bowers hosts basketball camp in Columbia http://www.komu.com/news/laurence-bowers-hosts-basketball-camp-in-columbia/ http://www.komu.com/news/laurence-bowers-hosts-basketball-camp-in-columbia/ Tiger Talk Wed, 6 Jul 2016 7:08:46 PM Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Laurence Bowers hosts basketball camp in Columbia

COLUMBIA - Former Missouri basketball player Laurence Bowers doesn't want his basketball camp to be considered a "fun" camp. 

"I feel as if you’re going to a basketball camp, you need to learn. There needs to be some type of improvement from day one to day three," Bowers said. 

Bowers and his team of coaches are in Columbia working with local kids to hone their basketball skills. "Camp Bowers" is being held at Rock Bridge High School from Wednesday to Friday. 

"It's just my way of saying thanks to the whole city of Columbia, to the cities around that supported me during my time here," Bowers said. "And it's also a chance to just make an impact on the upcoming youth with the game of basketball." 

Former Missouri guards J.T. Tiller and Michael Dixon as well as former Tulsa guard Shaquille Harrison are helping Bowers coach the kids. 

For Tiller, he thinks camp participants are benefitting from Bowers' knowledge of basketball.

"You can tell in his skill set," Bowers said. "He knows a little bit of everything. He’s very good as an all-around player. He’s just very good at being able to touch on every aspect of the game."

Hosting a basketball camp for the community has been on the mind of Bowers, according to Bowers' childhood friend Tony Christian.

"We have been talking about it since he was in school, like what he would do after as far as coaching. So we been had it on our mind to give back to the community and help the kids," Christian said.

Bowers added he wants this camp to be an annual event. 


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Missouri baseball hires Steve Bieser as head coach http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-hires-steve-bieser-as-head-coach/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-hires-steve-bieser-as-head-coach/ Tiger Talk Thu, 30 Jun 2016 5:07:43 PM Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri baseball hires Steve Bieser as head coach

COLUMBIA — The Missouri baseball team announced the hiring of Steve Bieser as the team's new head coach Thursday.

"I am truly honored and humbled to have the opportunity to be a part of the University of Missouri community and serve as the head baseball coach," Bieser said in a new release.

Bieser last coached at Southeast Missouri State University, where he led the Redhawks to a 138-97 record in his four years as coach.

He also led the team to three consecutive Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Championships, making him the first coach in conference history to do so. Bieser won OVC Coach of The Year in 2014 and 2016, when he set the school record in wins during each of those seasons. 

"When I started my coaching career, I had always dreamed of the opportunity to lead this program," Bieser said. "There is a strong tradition and rich history of Missouri Tiger baseball. I understand the responsibility, and I am fully committed and ready to continue building the tradition."

Bieser started his coaching career as the head baseball coach at Vianney High School in St. Louis. He led the team to a 137-51 record and two state championships (2004-2006) during his coaching tenure from 2004 to 2010. SEMO hired Bieser as an assistant from 2011 to 2012 before he was promoted in 2013. 

Missouri Athletics Director Mack Rhoades said, "Steve Bieser is a rising star in the college baseball ranks and a proven winner. He has an impressive track-record of success, winning championships at each stop in his coaching career."

Bieser will be presented in a press conference on Friday at 11 a.m.


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Missouri baseball's Howard drafted by the Giants http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-s-howard-drafted-by-the-giants/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-s-howard-drafted-by-the-giants/ Tiger Talk Fri, 10 Jun 2016 8:42:28 PM Matt Vereen, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri baseball's Howard drafted by the Giants

COLUMBIA — A tough junior season for Missouri shortstop Ryan Howard ended on a high note today.

Howard was drafted in the fifth round by the San Francisco Giants with the 155th overall pick.

Howard is the highest-drafted Missouri position player since 2005.

The Giants also drafted Howard last year in the 31st round of the draft, but did not sign him.

A product of Francis Howell Central High School in St. Louis, Howard started every game for the Tigers at shortstop.

Despite a slow start to the season, Howard did well down the stretch.

He finished third on the team with a .295 batting average. He hit a team-best .381 with 13 runs and nine RBIs in the last 16 games of the season. He also had eight of his 19 multi-hit games in the same span.

Howard is still eligible to return for his senior year at Missouri.

 

 


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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/ Tiger Talk 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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Missouri softball team protests athletic department http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-softball-team-protests-athletic-department/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-softball-team-protests-athletic-department/ Tiger Talk Sat, 7 May 2016 3:24:10 PM Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Missouri softball team protests athletic department

COLUMBIA — The University of Missouri softball team announced its matchup against South Carolina on Saturday would be played under protest of the athletic department.

In a statement released by players before the game, the softball team criticized Missouri athletic director Mack Rhoades and the Missouri athletic department for putting the team under investigation, which players feel are unnecessary. 

"The softball players support and love our coaching staff and we wonder why this black cloud is being put over our program intentionally by Mizzou AD Mack Rhoades," the team said in the statement.

The statement accuses the athletic department of intimidating players during forced interviews, leaving player input out of the team's coaching decision and placing a gag order on the team's coaches.

"Mack Rhoades and Mizzou athletics administration drawing out this unnecessary investigation on our coaching staff is having an emotional effect on our team," the team also said in the statement. 

The team also said the athletics department did not properly handle the football team protest that took place in November 2015 and the department is doing an even worse job of handling the softball team's investigation. 

For a full look at the statement, check out the photo below. 

Mizzou Athletics responded to the statement and said it had no comment on the situation. A team spokesperson told KOMU players and coaches would not be available for any interviews after Saturday's game.

 


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Crane awarded SEC Softball Co-Player of the Week http://www.komu.com/news/crane-awarded-sec-softball-co-player-of-the-week/ http://www.komu.com/news/crane-awarded-sec-softball-co-player-of-the-week/ Tiger Talk Mon, 25 Apr 2016 4:29:15 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Crane awarded SEC Softball Co-Player of the Week

COLUMBIA - Mizzou Softball senior outfielder Emily Crane earned her first career honor from the SEC Monday when the league office named her SEC Softball Co-Player of the Week. Crane played a key role in the Tigers' four-game winning streak against Iowa and a ranked Texas A&M side.

Sunday evening's walk-off victory over the Aggies ended on Crane's game-winning run in the seventh inning.

The outfielder led the Tigers in a host of offensive categories this week. Crane hit .500, hit two home runs and added seven RBIs in four games. She currently is in the midst of a 17-game consecutive reached base safely streak, matching her career high.

Crane's two doubles over the weekend also extended her multi-hit games to 15 on the year and 68 in her long career. Her two home run, five RBI performance against Iowa highlighted her sensational week.

The Missouri native is having an All-American caliber senior season. Crane ranks second in slugging and total bases, fourth in homers, fifth in runs scored, doubles and RBIs and eighth in on-base percentage.

Crane and company seek a series sweep Monday, April 25, against No. 16 Texas A&M at University Field at 6 p.m.


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Mizzou Hoops signs new junior college All-American http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-hoops-signs-new-junior-college-all-american/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-hoops-signs-new-junior-college-all-american/ Tiger Talk Mon, 18 Apr 2016 3:31:45 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou Hoops signs new junior college All-American

COLUMBIA - Mizzou basketball added a new face to its 2016 recruiting class in the form of junior college standout Jordan Geist. Head coach Kim Anderson announced the signing of the 6-foot, 3-inch point guard from Texas on Monday.

Geist played last season with Ranger College in Ranger, Texas, and earned NJCAA All-American recognition, leading the Rangers to a top four finish at the 2016 NJCAA Division I National Championship. Geist averaged 15.1 points per game and shot 45.6 percent from the field in his freshman season.

"Jordan Geist has a winner's mentality on and off the court," Anderson said in a press conference Monday. "His ability to be another trustworthy ball handler and relentless defender for Mizzou Basketball is very important to us. Jordan is a savvy player who immediately brings solid experience and leadership to our squad. We're excited to have Jordan and his family become a part of our program."

Geist helped the Rangers finish the 2015-16 season with an impressive 35-3 record. His versatility offensively and work ethic defensively add to an increasingly more intriguing recruiting class for the Tigers.

"The atmosphere and culture surrounding Mizzou's program is very exciting to me," Geist said. "Coach Anderson and his staff treated me so well on my visit. That made me excited to be a part of the program. Playing in a great conference was also important to me. The SEC has great competition and has tough programs to play against. And I'll be getting great coaching from the Mizzou coaches. I know they'll prepare us the right way."

Prior to his successful stint in the junior college ranks, Geist was named one of the best Indiana Class 4A players. His 17 points per game in his senior season in high school propelled Homestead High School to an Indiana state championship.

"Mizzou fans will see toughness from me," Geist said. "I'm out there to win and give everything I have for Mizzou Basketball. I think the little things are the most important parts of basketball."

Geist will join Frankie Hughes, Willie Jackson, Reed Nikko and Mitchell Smith as the current 2016 recruiting class for Anderson's squad.


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