It’s obviously no secret that, despite quite a bit of success from the Olympic sports, this hasn’t been the most fun couple of years for Missouri. The football team has missed a bowl for two straight years, and, well, the basketball team has averaged fewer wins (9) than Mizzou Football had in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, or 2014. Plus, the school itself has been struggling through the effects of poor funding and bad hires.
A basketball coaching search has offered a little bit of hope on the horizon, but in the meantime, for once, Mizzou had a pretty damn good day yesterday. Its best in quite a while. Basketball and Baseball won on walk-offs, Softball won braggin’ rights, and Robin Pingeton won SEC Coach of the Year.
So we’re just going to soak that in for a minute.
MUtigers.com, The Trib, Post-Dispatch, KC Star, and Missourian have the recaps. The win was so awesome that Sam briefly turned into Dylan Thomas. Weird night. Great night.
Puryear’s shot wasn’t the only Mizzou walk-off of the day. Mizzou Baseball extended its winning streak to 12 — the nation’s longest! — with a walk-off single in the 10th by Robbie Glendinning.
The trio of Glendinning, Brett Bond, and Trey Harris again went off, combining to go 5-for-11 with five walks, four RBIs, a double, a triple, and two home runs, and TJ Sikkema again looked strong, striking out six in 3.2 shutout innings to get the win. Hoo boy, this team’s having fun right now.
Mizzou Softball got in on the action as well and didn’t even need to wait until the last at bat. The Tigers moved to 11-8 with a 5-1 win over Illinois in St. Charles. Natalie Fleming hit a home run for the third straight game, and Madi Norman pitched 5.1 shutout innings.
The pieces are there; Mizzou just has to put them together.
Robin Pingeton, SEC coach of the year? You’re damn right. Sophie Cunningham also earned first-team all-conference, but you probably assumed that.
The awards keep rollin' in!— Mizzou Basketball (@MizzouWBB) March 8, 2017
@CoachPingeton AP SEC Coach of the Year
@sophaller AP First Team All-SEC
- Eight Mizzou Wrestlers qualified for the NCAA Championships, and six earned a seed. You’ll never believe what seed J’den Cox got.
- Three more NCAA bids for Mizzou Diving, five for Mizzou Swimming (including defending NCAA champion Fabian Schwingenschlogl)!
- Over at SBN, Spencer Hall wrote about the soon-to-be departed Georgia Dome. Glad Mizzou got to go there a couple of times.
- HEY HEY, NEW PAPN.