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Father’s Day means a lot to Cuonzo Martin - in more ways than one

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Father’s Day as seen through the eyes of HCCM

Happy Monday, y’all! I hope all of you fathers out there had a lovely day, and I hope everyone else had a wonderful day, regardless of whether you spent time with your father or not.

Eric Blum at the Columbia Tribune took the occasion to spin a nice little piece about Cuonzo Martin, who sees his job as fatherly, in addition to the coaching thing.

Martin believes his position should act no different than a high school teacher or college professor.

“There has to be a level of care and compassion to your job when you’re dealing with young men and women. ... You owe it to young men to help them find their way in life and teach more than just simply the basketball game,” Martin said. “Of course, we love to win at the highest level, but in the process, you want to teach life skills and the importance of being a quality student-athlete and eventually become a successful man.”

Ever since his arrival at Mizzou, Cuonzo has seemed like a bonafide good guy, but this story does really well at explaining how being a father shifted his perspective.

Bonus: there’s also some good stuff about another bonafide good guy, now-alumnus Kevin Puryear!

Puryear had the chance to pursue a professional basketball contract, but instead he took a full-time job in St. Louis.

Seeing [him and others who play professional ball] find success is equally rewarding for Martin.

It really is a wonderful story that you should all take time to read. Besides, the Mizzou #content well is sort of dry these days, so a little bit of profile journalism can be refreshing for the soul.

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