1. Kelly Bryant took a mid-week visit to Auburn.
Per Matt Connolly of The State (who seems to be on the Kelly Bryant beat), the Clemson graduate transfer quarterback visited Auburn on Tuesday.
Bryant told Connolly via text:
“It was a good trip just sitting down and talking with coach and getting a feel for what they were all about,” Bryant said. “Feel it would be a good situation to be able to step into with the guys they will have coming back on both sides of the ball.”
Bryant will take an official visit to North Carolina this weekend; he’ll also visit Mississippi State eventually. At this point, the teams most often associated with his recruitment are Missouri, UNC and Arkansas, with Auburn and Mississippi State now entering the fray. There have been rumblings about Oregon, as well, but a visit has not been set up yet.
Remember, this is what Bryant said after his trip to Missouri last weekend:
“It was definitely a great experience, great time, just really getting up there and just hearing from the coaches’ perspective and seeing for myself firsthand what all they’re about. I really could see myself there. To me, I felt like at the end of the day I look back, they checked all my boxes.”
In addition to The State’s report, Woody Wommack of Rivals.com caught up with Bryant on Thursday for a more in-depth interview (FREE).
Bryant told Wommack about his Missouri visit:
“I definitely liked it,” Bryant said. “Looking at the surrounding pieces that they have coming back on both sides of the ball; it’s a balanced offense with West Coast elements, spread elements, run-pass option and things I’m used to and things that will help prepare me for the NFL. Being able to go in there and learn and get better for a year would be a great opportunity.”
2. Mizzou women’s hoops won its exhibition against Washburn.
It closer at times than expected, but Robin Pingeton’s team beat Washburn 74-59. Sophie Cunningham put up 22 points in 31 minutes; Amber Smith added 17.
Here’s the full box score:
Also, Cameron Teague of the Columbia Tribune had an excellent feature on Sophie Cunningham’s last term as the Mayor of Columbia. I strongly suggest that you check it out.
3. More clarity on the Greg Rhodenbaugh investigation.
After initially being suspended for what was called a “team management issue,” Missouri swimming and diving coach Greg Rhodenbaugh is under a Title iX investigation, per a report from the Kansas City Star.
An unnamed former swimmer was one of the sources for the Star.
The same former athlete, who asked not to be identified, said the investigation “definitely has to do with discrimination” of women’s swimmers.
The reporter, by Peter Baugh of the Star, goes on to specifically mention Rhodenbaugh’s handling of mental health issues as a reason for the investigation.
Yesterday at Rock M
- Round and Round on the Missouri Running Back Carousel
- Missouri’s defense shouldn’t be too worried about Florida’s offense (well, I don’t know about that, but still)
- Previewin’ Tennessee hoops, the No. 2 team in the SEC
- No idea what to read into this:
Missouri director of football operations Mark Ouimet is no longer with the program, MU confirmed today. Unusual timing. No reason disclosed.— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) November 1, 2018
- Fantastic feature by Mitchell Forde of PowerMizzou.com on how Akial Byers’ mother is behind his maturation. And, boy, does Byers’ mom sound like a hilarious woman:
“He knows, you are never too old for a whoopin’, boy,” she laughs. “He’s taller than I am — he’s 6-foot-5, I’m 5-foot-4 — so I tell him, we can go out here and box it out in the streets, that’s fine with me.”
- Looks like Florida has made some field renovations for Saturday:
Check out the new Orange endzones for @GatorsFB homecoming (pic creds: @NaturalWorks_ ) @UniWatch @PhilHecken pic.twitter.com/guu2krFvVz— Brock Brames (@BrockBrames) November 2, 2018