Mizzou Links, 6-19-14: Tigers land a punter, basketball gets to "roots"

Bill Carter

Punter Corey Fatony becomes Mizzou's ninth 2015 football commitment, basketball gets back to "roots" (I guess the statute of limitation on Roots jokes has expired, huh?), and #Stubble Field is on the curators' docket.

1. The rare punter commitment

Mizzou doesn't offer many kickers or punters, and the ones the Tigers have offered and landed haven't actually been very good. But that tiny sample size doesn't actually hold any meaning, and you still see Gary Pinkel and company throw offers out here and there. And on Wednesday, they got a bite.

PowerMizzou: Tigers get special-teams help
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): Punter/Kicker Corey Fatony commits to Missouri's Class of 2015
YouTube: Corey Fatony | Punter & Kicker Class of 2015 | Top National Prospect
YouTube: Corey Fatony's 2013 Highlights

I'm not going to pretend like practice and high school film translate perfectly to college performance, but ... dude's got a leg, no?

And another new offer...
PowerMizzou.com - Camp leads to offer for Spears

2. 10 weeks and two days to South Dakota State...

Receivers
Fox Sports MW: Mizzou's newest cast of wideouts ready for the spotlight

Skipping ahead to late-September...
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): Get to Know a 2014 Opponent: South Carolina

One person who won't be taking the field against either SDSU or South Carolina...
Daily Oklahoman: Former top prospect Dorial Green-Beckham to Oklahoma? Three reasons it makes sense, and three reasons it doesn't

3. And about five months to basketball season

MUTIGERS.COM: Get To Know Mizzou's Jakeenan Gant
The Trib: Rebuilding the roots of Missouri hoops

Blue Springs' Adam Jones, who's spent the past 16 years at the school and is in his third year as the Wildcats' head coach, said that for the first time in his tenure, the team skipped coming to Columbia last season and instead went to the Kansas camp.

"When Coach Anderson got hired, we immediately got back into it," Jones said. "We wanted to be back in our Missouri roots and with Coach Anderson and all the other teams that come down here annually." [...]

"I know him and his staff are making it a priority to try to close the borders down and keep those kids in-state," [LSW head coach Michael] Schieber said. "You just look around the state of Missouri at kids that have been in St. Louis or Kansas City or other places around that have left and went on to great college careers and even some pro careers, so we need these kids to stay home and play at the University of Missouri."

4. #Stubble Field

The Trib: New MU softball stadium is on curators' agenda

MIZ-USA
MUtigers.com: #MIZ #USA Update (June 18)

5. O'Bannon

Yahoo! (Pat Forde): NCAA president Mark Emmert will have no place to hide when he takes stand
SI.com (Andy Staples): O'Bannon vs. NCAA just the beginning: Jenkins case Mark Emmert
SB Nation: NCAA considered paying royalties to athletes, court emails show
SB Nation: EA Sports might bring back college football game, if it can pay players
SB Nation: Texas women's AD says athletes who want a cut are 'entitled'
SB Nation: Self-praise won't help the NCAA survive federal court

6. Camp!

MUTIGERS.COM: Mizzou Seniors Prep For Upcoming Gymnastics Camps

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