Tanner Houck came prepared:
I'll be watching the MLB draft with former Mizzou pitcher Tanner Houck. He's ready: hats from every team lined up in order they pick pic.twitter.com/4AIi9WtXFM— Mitchell Forde (@Mitchell4D) June 12, 2017
It only took 24 picks for the Boston Red Sox to jump on the Mizzou RHP:
The 24th pick has a value of $2.6 million, which is a lot of money. So congrats to Tanner and we’ll look forward watching him in the major leagues and hopefully soon. Feel free to venture over to SBN’s BoSox site Over The Monster for more analysis on the pick and Houck’s future home.
Jim Sterk lobbies publicly to play Kansas
“I’d like for that to happen,” said Sterk, who was hired after Mack Rhoades abruptly left for Baylor. “I think they made it a point when we left the (Big 12) that they weren’t going to play anymore, but we’re certainly open to that and I know (new men’s basketball coach) Cuonzo (Martin) will work on that behind the scenes and see if that can happen.”
Missouri bailed on the Big 12 5 1/2 years ago for the stability and financial security of the Southeastern Conference, but Kansas remains jilted by the breakup.
Several KU officials, including basketball coach Bill Self, and many prominent Jayhawks boosters have been adamant about refusing to play Mizzou, which remains the sticking point to resuming one of college sports’ best rivalries.
I hope you aren’t holding your breath. While there are plenty of people on Missouri’s side who want the games to resume, the big hurdle is getting KU past some hurt feelings over Mizzou’s exit from the Big 12. Probably the biggest hurdle is in the men’s basketball department. Bill Self and his boosters and thinkfluencers there are going to have to come around before any of that happens.
There may be some thawing in the other sports, however...
A solid source told me a few months back both KU & MU athletic departments are now filled w/ ppl that respect/know each other. (1/2)— Andrew Carter (@Andrew__Carter) June 13, 2017
A lot of people that used to work together or around each other in different roles at each department. It's helping the healing process— Andrew Carter (@Andrew__Carter) June 13, 2017
I’m sure most people would love to see KU basketball play MU basketball, but it would be just as great to make up some ground in some other sports if that can’t happen right away. Something about chipping away at the ice.
There’s also some notes on the Hearnes Center upgrades going on, including $1 million in AC updates. That’s a little more than I spent on an AC install last summer, but it felt about the same.
Recruiting, Recruiting, Recruiting:
Four-star Wing Montez Mathis narrowed his list to eight yesterday, Rutgers, Western Kentucky, Va Tech, Xavier, Uconn, Kansas, Texas A&M and Missouri all made the cut. Mathis talked to Scout’s Evan Daniels about it:
What's the next step in this process for Mathis?
"I’m going to just keep talking to them," he said. "I'll narrow it to five after the summer and see which schools I like the best."
Mathis is looking to take official visits in September, but has yet to schedule any dates. Mathis, a standout at Baltimore (Md.) John Carroll School, just took recent unofficial visits to Connecticut and Rutgers.
If Mizzou Hoops and Kansas Basketball can’t battle on the hardwood, they’ll battle off the court for recruits. Something tells me with a little more success under Cuonzo Martin than before.
- Despite so few wins in basketball and football, Jim Sterk is trumpeting Mizzou’s very very good year, his first in Columbia.
- Basketball is officially over as the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the 2017 NBA Championship.
Your Mizzou Athletics Tweets of the Day
I mean, I don’t know what will get you pumped for football than watching big hefty guys lift big hefty weights in the latest video from Mizzou Football:
Stay focused on November 10 and the opening of the Mizzou basketball season: