1. Be thankful for a soon-to-be-completed stadium renovation.
The final beam has been placed. If I know anything about major building projects (and yes, I do watch Fixer Upper like a former Missouri AD), then that means this will be all finished in short order.
2. Be thankful for a rising women’s basketball program — and the extension for Robin Pingeton.
Pingeton is now locked up through the 2024-2025 season, giving even more continuity and stability to a program that’s gone to three consecutive NCAA tournaments.
Pingeton said in the release:
“I am extremely grateful, and appreciative to the University of Missouri for their faith and commitment to myself and my staff,” said Pingeton. “It is an honor to be associated with a great university and community. My family and I are so thankful to have the opportunity to work with great leaders, administrators and student-athletes. I am looking forward to continuing to grow this program and pursuing excellence both on and off the court.”
Now if we can only find a way to extend Sophie Cunningham’s time at Mizzou, too...
3. Be thankful that a former Missouri QB gets some national attention today.
I’m talking, of course, about Chase Daniel getting a start for the Chicago Bears against the Detroit Lions (11:30 am CT, CBS). It’s Daniel’s first start since 2014. Here’s what’s happened around Missouri since then:
— Drew Lock’s entire career
— Two football coaches
— Two basketball coaches
— Three athletic directors
A lot has happened! But good for Daniel (or Daniels, as he’ll surely be called tomorrow at some point). And it’s always good to dust off the ol’ “How much money has Chase Daniel Made?” content mill:
Chase Daniel has thrown 78 passes in his NFL career and made $28.3M.— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) November 21, 2018
4. Be thankful that Missouri’s football program seems to have turned a corner.
And it’s... good again? As we all know here, there are rankings for everything, and Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch talked to the proprietors of the Massey-Peabody rankings — where Missouri is No. 9 in the nation.
Also, let’s be thankful for Missouri’s senior class, headline by Drew Lock and Terry Beckner, Jr., but filled with stars, role-players and guys that have stuck it out for four or five pretty wild years at Missouri.
In case you missed it, the Mizzou football Twitter account has been giving personalized shout-outs to each of the seniors.
5. Be thankful for a volleyball win.
Because No. 24 Mizzou volleyball posted a win over LSU to end its regular season on Wednesday night.
WINNER!#Mizzou escapes with a 3-2 victory over LSU! Mizzou concludes its regular season with a 23-7 (13-5 SEC) record.— Mizzou Volleyball (@MizzouVB) November 22, 2018
The Tigers will await their postseason fate Sunday at 7:30 pm CT with the NCAA Selection Show#MIZ #ShowMe pic.twitter.com/GKIuTHodCI
6. Finally, I’m thankful for all of you, lit-up by your screen, reading this (and other Rock M content) right now.
Seriously. This year has been a lot of professional upheaval for me, and I’m blessed that I have the opportunity to continue to write, in some capacity, for Missouri fans. Thank you all for reading my stuff, Sam’s stuff, everyone’s #stuff. We’ll continue to make this site better and better, and let us know what you want to see.
Yesterday at Rock M
- Let’s take a look at Arkansas’ defense — SPOILER ALERT — it isn’t very good.
- Let’s take a look at Arkansas defense — SPOILER ALERT — it also isn’t very good.
- Well this is NOT something to be thankful for: 4-star WR Charles Njoku de-committed from Missouri yesterday.
- Former East St. Louis 4-star receiver (and Missouri target) Jeff Thomas was either dismissed or decided to leave Miami on Wednesday, depending on whom you ask — if you ask Thomas, he left, and if you ask Mark Richt or anyone else, he was dismissed. And, honestly, you don’t mutually part ways from a team two days before the season finale
- And, no, I don’t think Missouri will be in business with a player who was dismissed from his former program.
- Eric Beisel is turning his Ar-kansas smack-talk into a shirt — and it’s for a good cause.
- Joan Niesen of Sports Illustrated writes that with Les Miles at kansas, it’s time to bring back the Border War.