1. An impending Greek tragedy, in three parts.
First, some potential good news for our Mizzou heroes, ahead of their trek to Tuscaloosa on Saturday:
Alabama No. 1 cornerback Trevon Diggs, who suffered a broken foot against Arkansas on Saturday, is out for the year, per sources. Expected to miss 4-6 months, per sources https://t.co/PkD7pWBO2u— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) October 10, 2018
Then, more positive news, as Missouri’s offense suddenly has more of an opening against a defense that gave up 31 to Arkansas a week ago:
Not sure anyone is up to that in the SEC this year but... Bama only ranks No. 10 in the SEC in run defense this season. (Alabama has ranked No. 1 in the conference in each of the past nine seasons.) https://t.co/9wV0dWXrXD— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) October 10, 2018
But yet, the denouement shuts the door on the light for Mizzou:
@slmandel it’s hard to be all that concerned when their very specific context is playing such a huge % of games in garbage time.— Dan Rubenstein (@DanRubenstein) October 10, 2018
Minus garbage time, they’re allowing the fewest points per possession in the country https://t.co/ms3eXNaEk3
2. This is a nice booked to Michael Porter Jr.’s Missouri career.
Yeah, it didn’t work out the way anyone wanted it to, and there’s certainly no way to erase the disappointment of last season — both for Michael Porter Jr. and the fan base.
But, man, this video by The Player’s Tribune is pretty dang cool:
I hope this dude can get healthy and stay healthy.
3. Big-time hoops visitor scheduling an official visit.
Five-star shooting guard Josh Christopher, the nation’s 13th-ranked player for the 2020 class, has scheduled an official visit to Missouri for October 20. Christopher hinted at the news via Twitter and it was confirmed by Mitchell Forde of PowerMizzou.com.
Josh's father confirmed with me that he will take an official visit to #Mizzou for the weekend of Oct. 20. Missouri will host Memphis in football and have its Mizzou Madness basketball event that Saturday. First official visit for the five-star guard. https://t.co/uTUAxrZZEF— Mitchell Forde (@Mitchell4D) October 10, 2018
It certainly doesn’t hurt that Missouri basketball strength coach, Nicodemus Christopher, is Josh’s cousin.
And, then of course, there’s some more good recruiting news if you’re a Missouri fan:
It did note various meetings with coaches at Adidas schools around the country – NC State, Indiana, UCLA, Miami and so on. In particular was a trip in 2014 to Lawrence, Kansas, to attend the Kansas Jayhawks’ annual first practice called “Late Night in the Phog.”
“Met with Coach [Bill] Self and his staff,” Gassnola’s note read. ” … talked recruiting targets and the upcoming season. Assured them we are here to help.”
Exactly what Gassnola meant by “help” and what Self and his staff said in response to such an assurance should be a major focus of Thursday’s testimony. That’s especially the case when Gassnola faces cross-examination from the attorneys for former Adidas executives Jim Gatto and Merl Code and would-be agent and middleman Christian Dawkins who are standing trail for wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
I’ll have my popcorn ready on Thursday.
Yesterday at Rock M
- Missouri’s secondary is going to have its collective hands full against Tua Tagovoiloa and Alabama.
- Alabama does not lose often at home — especially not when it’s the No. 1-ranked team in the nation.
- Rock M Nation got its hands on a Missouri baseball roster from the weekend.
- Poll! What was the most encouraging part of Missouri’s game against South Carolina?
- A nice video feature on Missouri athletes doing volunteer work in Haiti over the summer:
FEATURE: 10 @MizzouAthletics student-athletes traveled to Haiti this past summer on a mission trip - watch and learn how it changed their lives! Brought to you by, @MUHealth. pic.twitter.com/ZrQFW7YvVc— Mizzou Network (@MizzouNetwork) October 10, 2018
- Former Missouri offensive lineman Howard Brown — currently McCluer South-Berkley’s football coach in Ferguson — received $25,000 from Ellen DeGeneres for his football program.
- Daniel Jones of the Columbia Tribune has a nice feature on Samson Bailey, currently moonlighting as a Missouri tight end.