Tuesday’s news would have been a much bigger story if Missouri was a 9-10 win football team.
That’s just the way it goes, unfortunately. But the NCAA’s decision on the appeal still got the national attention it deserved. Let’s take a look at some reactions.
From The Athletic’s Stewart Mandel noticed how ridiculously long it took for this to happen.
The hearing was in JULY. A ruling was expected within 2-3 months.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 26, 2019
Instead it comes THREE DAYS before their last game. Unreal.
Matt Fortuna pointed out that the timing was just so thoughtful on their part, coming during Thanksgiving week. #blessed
Nice of the NCAA to decide on Mizzou before the regular season ends. Before Thanksgiving, too! Really thoughtful. https://t.co/yJ1DIAVkd2— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) November 26, 2019
One of the biggest voices when it comes to these NCAA situations chimed in as well. Here’s what ESPN’s Jay Bilas had to say:
After 300 days, the NCAA finally made a decision on Missouri’s appeal. This is what Mizzou gets for transparency and full cooperation...unprecedented sanctions. https://t.co/3McmsWq2LO— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) November 26, 2019
You get the point. I haven’t seen one national reporter say Missouri got what they deserved. That’s all you need to know. If you find one, please let me know.
So, yeah... football, softball, and baseball are all banned from this year’s postseason, along with other potentially devastating sanctions. And yet somehow, the Thanksgiving week managed to get even worse. #grateful
On the basketball side, the Tigers had a disappointing performance in the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, going 0-2. 11 point losses to both Butler and Oklahoma dropped Missouri about 20 spots in KenPom. It was a frustrating missed opportunity, and there’s no other way to put it. Mizzou basketball just isn’t there yet. Luckily, it’s only November and there’s more non-conference resume building opportunities in what’s shown to be a soft SEC. Temple, Illinois, and West Virginia loom large.
On to some Thanksgiving links...
Yesterday at Rock M
- The real reason the postseason ban matters for Mizzou, writes Brandon Kiley
- Film Room: Tiger Bootleggers, by Tim Bussen
- Study Hall: Oklahoma 77, Missouri 66, by Sam Snelling
- Arkansas Razorbacks Offensive AND Defensive Preview, by Nate Edwards
- PODCAST: When Papa Sankey calls it a rivalry, that’s what it is! Previewing Missouri’s last game, against the Arkansas Razorbacks
- SEC Power Rankings: Haikus for Rivalries, by Nate Edwards
- The NCAA has lost Jim Sterk, and that should scare the NCAA, writes STLToday’s Ben Frederickson
- Jim Sterk joined Brendan Wiese on The Big 550 KTRS Tuesday night to discuss the NCAA’s ruling
- Bowl or no bowl, Missouri pushes on Friday with season finale at Arkansas, writes Souichi Terada.
- Embedded with Mizzou: The Tigers came to Kansas City with high hopes but left with two disappointing losses, writes The Athletic’s CJ Moore (subscribers only)
- And One: Sooners send the Tigers home from KC winless, writes PowerMizzou’s Gabe DeArmond
- Springfield News-Leader reported that former Missouri defensive coordinator Dave Steckel will return as Missouri State head coach for his sixth season.
- Mizzou players lobbied for Barry Odom to keep his job as Tigers’ head coach, writes Adam Spencer from Saturday Down South
- Former Mizzou pitcher Kyle Gibson has signed a three-year, $30 million deal with the Texas Rangers.
Right-hander Kyle Gibson and the Texas Rangers are in agreement on a three-year, $30 million deal, sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 27, 2019
It’s the first move in what’s expected to be a very busy winter for the Rangers as they head into their new stadium. They need pitching. Gibson is first step.
- The NCAA has issued a statement in response to Missouri’s comments on the appeal decision. #deleteyouraccount
NCAA response to comments by Missouri about the appeal decision: pic.twitter.com/RDpyxCASKl— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) November 27, 2019
- It sounds like we could be closing in on Drew Lock getting his first career NFL start. The 3-8 Broncos host the 4-7 Chargers on Sunday afternoon.
From what I’ve gathered in Denver today:— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) November 27, 2019
-Drew Lock feels he’s ready to start
-Lock will take 75% of the reps in practice this week.
-A significant jump because of what the staff has seen last 2 weeks
-Fangio doesn’t see value in Lock being backup
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