As was expected, the Curators approved Missouri’s selection of architect for the South End Zone project. They approved the design cost ($4.3 million), but the big step will come in June, when they vote on the cost of the entire project.
Rather than vote on full approval for the project, set to cost an estimated $96.7 million, curators asked to split the approval process into two votes. Thursday’s vote also authorized design costs of $4.31 million, which already have been raised by the athletics department through private donations.
Curators will vote again in June to approve the total project. Mizzou athletics has raised nearly $44 million in donations for the facility, Sterk said. MU has planned to cover the balance of the costs through revenue bonds financed through the university.
The June approval “doesn’t slow the momentum,” Sterk said after Thursday’s vote. “It doesn’t slow the timing of the process. … It gives us time to improve the financing plan we put in front of the curators.”
“[Jim] Sterk — who has helped secure a fiscal-year record eight seven-figure donations, many earmarked specifically for the football facility project — said in December that demolition could begin before the 2017 season in hopes the project will be complete for the 2019 season.”
- So ESPN Radio’s Ryan Russillo was on Richard Deitsch’s media podcast this week and talked about the impossibility of actually having a debate in the current sports/political climate. He used the 2015 Missouri protests as an example of what he was trying to say. That part of the conversation begins around the 10:45 mark and is pretty interesting.
- Good news: You’ll get to watch Charles Harris running a 40 on NFL Network soon. (Here’s our Harris draft profile back from last May.)
Former Mizzou DE Charles Harris has been invited to the NFL Combine.— Tod Palmer (@todpalmer) February 9, 2017
- Speaking of Chuck...
- Another day, another piece on the importance of the 2018 recruiting class. And in a piece I hope to revisit in the coming days, PowerMizzou’s Brian Austin crafted what he considers Missouri’s “perfect class.”
- Good news: The hire of Brian Odom doesn’t violate Missouri nepotism laws! That’s a relief for a concern I didn’t know I had!
- ESPN’s Sam Khan Jr. likes the Mizzou offensive line.
- The latest in PowerMizzou’s film room series: new receiver O’Shae Clark (“I don't expect his height to limit him if he continues to refine his technique.“) and new safety Jordan Ulmer (“Needs to bulk up, but has the frame to add plenty of weight and is powerful for his size.“).
- Welp, Mizzou Women’s Hoops led No. 24 Tennessee by five at halftime in Knoxville and was tied heading into the fourth quarter. But the Vols dominated late and pulled away for a 77-66 win. Cierra Porter had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Sierra Michaelis had 17 points and five assists, and Sophie Cunningham had 16 points, six rebounds, and three assists. The main problem in this one: Seven other players combined for just 14 points on 15 shots. (Lianna Doty did have six assists.) More from The Trib, The Missourian. Highlights here:
- If Tanner Houck is getting preseason All-American nods, it would make sense that he’s also getting preseason All-SEC nods.
- Oh hey, Karissa Schweizer won another award.
- Truman is going to nationals!
- The softball season begins at 9am CT. You can follow live stats of Mizzou’s game against No. 14 JMU here. A fresh start seems pretty attractive after last year’s tumult.
- This Weekend in Olympic Sports: Gymnastics (now No. 13) hosts No. 14 GW, No. 25 Iowa State, and Lindenwood, Track & Field competes in Ames and Fayetteville, and Tennis takes on Kansas State, Wichita State, and UMKC.