Congrats to all recent Mizzou graduates. As rough as morale has been this year, you just graduated from a special place, a melting pot of rural and urban, midwestern and southern, east and west, black and white. I talk a lot about how the things that create your strengths also create your weaknesses -- we saw plenty of the latter this year. P-L-E-N-T-Y.
We have learned this year that diversity is only good if it creates understanding, that poor leadership and poor communication can do the exact opposite, and that dreadful leadership and dreadful communication can create this school's worst year since, what, the Civil War? This was a bad year. A bad, bad year. But there will be good years again soon, and how quickly that comes about depends on the lessons we learn and the hires this school makes. (To be clear, I'm talking about the university as a whole, not the athletic department -- comparatively speaking, I've been pretty pleased with how the athletic department has handled most of this last year, though I do have plenty of questions about the softball investigation.)
Here's to hoping the upcoming hires are good ones. I don't have a lot of faith at the moment -- recruitment isn't exactly the easiest thing in the world right now, and some of the people who have provided dreadful leadership will be making some of these hires -- but a nice, restful, uneventful summer might change that sentiment.
*cough* Could've done without that last joke, coach...
...but this was a good first step. Or at least a momentary peace offering.
Here is text message sent from Missouri softball coach Ehren Earleywine to a few reporters pic.twitter.com/5v11l9Hf5T— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) May 13, 2016
Three days till Regionals
Here's the full schedule for the softball regional at U-Field, courtesy of Nebraska pic.twitter.com/4H3ktIXHeh— Blake Toppmeyer (@btoppmeyer) May 16, 2016