Probably my favorite moment of Missouri's 2015-16 year.
With apologies to the Mizzou athletes and teams that had success during the 2015-16 academic year, Rhoades’ first full sports calendar as athletics director will be remembered for the seemingly endless run of lessons in crisis management. A football team boycott. An unexpected football coaching search. A quarterback and a fateful line of white powder. NCAA self-sanctions. A 10-win basketball season. A contract extension that backfired. An investigation into the school’s most successful women’s program. Another team protest. Oh, and the man who hired Rhoades, chancellor R. Bowen Loftin, stepping down amidst a year of campus turmoil and upheaval racked with plummeting enrollment and perception issues galore.
On the field, it’s hard to remember a worse year for Mizzou teams. Yes, on the periphery and outside of the public glare, several non-revenue teams had breakthrough seasons. Robin Pingeton’s women’s basketball Tigers finally reached the NCAA Tournament. Cox captured another NCAA wrestling championship. Mizzou’s swimming and diving teams soared among the nation’s elite. The men’s track team is ranked in the top 10.
But the teams that command our attention on the men’s side stumbled hard.
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Another RB gone
I figure I'll talk about the RB/roster situation during today's Facebook Friday chat later, but a) because of Alex Ross, I seem to be at peace with the running back situation despite dwindling depth, and b) can we just have Ish Witter and Ross, like, sit out fall camp? They can't get hurt now.
Joe Jon landed a tight end
"It felt right," Christopherson said. "I talked to some Michigan scouts, and they were asking me about Michigan. I was set up to go to their camp (on June 11), but that really opened my eyes about how much I liked Mizzou and how I felt after that visit back in April.
"Everything about it was best for me. I just felt it was the right time, and I'm ready to focus in. It's a pretty big relief, and now I can focus in with the guys I've grown up with playing and focus on my senior year."