I preferred worrying about whether Anderson was recruiting well enough to worrying about whether Anderson was going to have to dismiss more players.
COLUMBIA, Mo. • Missouri freshman basketball players D’Angelo Allen and Jakeenan Gant, both 18, were arrested early Sunday morning in downtown Columbia on suspicion of misdemeanor third-degree assault, according to the Columbia Police arrest information log.
"We are aware of the situation involving Jakeenan Gant and D'Angelo Allen and have suspended them from team-related activities as we gather more information," Coach Kim Anderson said in a statement. "We have high standards for the conduct of our student-athletes and expect much more from them as members of our program."
According to the Columbia Police arrest report, officers were called to the corner of 8th and Elm in downtown Columbia at 1:30 Sunday morning. The police then arrested Allen and Gant at their residence off Kentucky Blvd. on the MU campus around 2 A.M.
Assault in the third degree.
565.070. 1. A person commits the crime of assault in the third degree if:
(1) The person attempts to cause or recklessly causes physical injury to another person; or
(2) With criminal negligence the person causes physical injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon; or
(3) The person purposely places another person in apprehension of immediate physical injury; or
(4) The person recklessly engages in conduct which creates a grave risk of death or serious physical injury to another person; or
(5) The person knowingly causes physical contact with another person knowing the other person will regard the contact as offensive or provocative; or
(6) The person knowingly causes physical contact with an incapacitated person, as defined in section 475.010, which a reasonable person, who is not incapacitated, would consider offensive or provocative.
2. Except as provided in subsections 3 and 4 of this section, assault in the third degree is a class A misdemeanor.
3. A person who violates the provisions of subdivision (3) or (5) of subsection 1 of this section is guilty of a class C misdemeanor.
4. A person who has pled guilty to or been found guilty of the crime of assault in the third degree more than two times against any family or household member as defined in section 455.010 is guilty of a class D felony for the third or any subsequent commission of the crime of assault in the third degree when a class A misdemeanor. The offenses described in this subsection may be against the same family or household member or against different family or household members.
Don't make me recreate this image with Kim Anderson, y'all...
Jerry Meyer, the 247 Sports Director of Scouting, reported that Blakeney is expected to take trips to Kentucky, LSU, Missouri and Oregon with his remaining four official visits. While he tweeted that he maintains a strong interest in the Cardinals, it remains to be seen if Coach Rick Pitino and his staff will continue to recruit Blakeney -- they haven't with other highly ranked recruits who'd decommitted in recent seasons -- so it wouldn't be a surprise to see Blakeney land at one of those four schools.
It is not often that a sophomore starts at point guard for a state championship winning team, but that is exactly what 2016 St. Louis (Mo.) CBC prospect Jordan Barnes did last season. For a lot of people in the basketball community, the state title run was their first opportunity to see the 5-foot-11, 150 pound playmaker.
"I saw, No. 1, the inequity of distribution of revenue clearly impacted the pecking order in the (Big 12)," he said. "You had Texas, Oklahoma and Nebraska at one end of the spectrum. You had Baylor, Iowa State and Kansas down at the other end. In the middle, you had Texas Tech, Texas A&M and those kind of schools. It was spread out and pretty obvious. In that moment in time, Bill Powers, the UT-Austin president was chairman of the board. It was also very clear that (Big 12 commissioner Dan) Beebe was very deferential to Texas. Whatever Texas seemed to want he was very supportive of. That was very clear for a first-time visitor at this particular meeting.
The speed with which Gary addresses Levi Copelin's dismissal here is ...pretty swift.
Missouri 38, UCF 10: Beyond the box score
Efficiency on offense and havoc on defense have been the recipe for Missouri's 3-0 start.
Player of the Week: Michael Scherer
Missouri is flying comfortably under the radar three games into the season, which is fine. The team's leading tackler is following suit though, and that's a damn shame.
"His helmet hit, so he was dizzy a little bit," Pinkel said. "We’ve got to get him not to take those guys on like that. That’s what you want him to do. You want him to be able to take half of a guy — it’s a certain toughness in all those things — but try not to let that happen again."
"At Florida last year, I threw him a corner and he got caught down at the 10- or 15-yard line," quarterback Maty Mauk said. "This year, he’s a completely different person. One, I think he’s catching the ball a lot better than last year. And two, he’s got that burst back."
What an excellent segue
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"Both backup defensive ends really did well, too," Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. "They’re better than they were three weeks ago. They’re more active; they’re playing at a different level. We’re not there yet by any means, but both those guys — Charles (Harris) and Marcus (Loud) — are doing a great job backing those two great players up." Loud, a 6-foot-4 and 260-pound redshirt freshman from Houston, finished with three tackles and was credited with a quarterback hurry against Central Florida.
Mosely is rarely mentioned along with the the defensive line standouts that Missouri assistant Craig Kuligowski has produced over the years. (He’s not even the most famous C.J. Mosley in the NFL now that the former Alabama linebacker is playing in Baltimore.) But that’s probably because he last played at Missouri a decade ago and has never been a star player in the league. But he’s carved out a 10-year career in the NFL, played in 117 games for five franchises and made millions of dollars. In Detroit, he’s part of a solid interior rotation with Suh and Nick Fairley. He’s in the second year of a two-year $2.75 million contract with the Lions. Only three Detroit players have logged mor years in the NFL. There’s something to be said for longevity.
The Missouri soccer team will take a six-game unbeaten streak into its Southeastern Conference opener against LSU at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Walton Stadium. Voters in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America are yet to be impressed.
Senior forward Taylor Grant of the Missouri soccer team was named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after she scored a pair of goals during the weekend.
Mizzou Soccer enters conference play off of three straight wins and five in the last six matches. Can the keep that momentum going against LSU on Friday?