"This feels like home." — Cuonzo Martin
“It could be something real, real special just to come home and do my thing there, it would special.” — Michael Porter Jr.
Michael Porter Jr. is back on the market, and his comments in a Wednesday interview have quickly made the rounds. Basically every Porter-related development of the past week, since Cuonzo Martin took the Mizzou job and Lorenzo Romar was fired from Washington, has been good news for Mizzou, and yesterday’s was no exception.
I’ve got nothing particularly profound to say beyond that. We know that the odds are pretty good that Porter (and potentially two Porters, if younger brother Jontay reclassifies as a 2017 recruit to play a year with his brother) ends up at Mizzou, and we know the odds are very much not 100 percent yet. The car could still swerve off-course.
But if nothing else, it’s nice to hear Columbia spoken of as home and to have that referred to as a good thing. Virtually every high-caliber Rock Bridge prospect leaves Columbia. Mizzou itself has been beset by stupid politics and legislative cuts. The Football and Men’s Basketball products have not been particularly fun to watch. It’s been a frustrating/insecure couple of seasons to be a Mizzou fan.
Through all that, though, change has come to Mizzou Athletics of late, and it’s brought an honest-to-god sense of renewal. We’ll see how long it lasts. Maybe Porter chooses Oklahoma and Martin doesn’t fare any better with local recruits than his predecessors. But the days following a coaching change are opportunities for optimism and renewed self-esteem. And it’s nice to be feeling that for a while. If you can’t get your How Stella Got Her Groove Back moments right after a coaching change, then when can you, right?
- I love it when a plan comes together, and wow, has Karissa Schweizer’s plan come together.
- T.J .Sikkema stuck with his Mizzou baseball commitment after Tim Jamieson resigned and was replaced by Steve Bieser. No regrets so far, huh?
- Mizzou Softball’s Amanda Sanchez has been diagnosed with a sprained elbow after an awkward slide into home last weekend. She’s out for at least a little while. Meanwhile, there’s another top-10 series on the horizon: Mizzou visits No. 7 Texas A&M for games on Friday (6:30 pm CT), Saturday (1 pm) and Sunday (12 pm on ESPNU).
- The Mizzou men are 16th in the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships after one day. The 800 free relay was the only event of the evening, and Mizzou finished about a half-second off of the school record. Not a terrible start.
- Next up for Mizzou Women’s Golf: a trip to Baton Rouge.
- Nice tribute to Lindsey Cunningham, a.k.a. The Glue.