Rest in peace, Coach Cox
Mizzou women’s basketball director of recruiting Willie Cox died from Stage IV pancreatic cancer on Thursday.
Cox was a coach at Mizzou for the past nine seasons; his final game with the Tigers saw an emotional send-off from the players:
In #Mizzou WBB's last home game this season, the team rallied around Willie Cox and carried him off the court one last time.— Tyler Murry (@TylerMurryABC17) June 7, 2019
It is clear how much Cox meant to Mizzou as a whole and the incredible impact he had with his team.
Story: https://t.co/DMwkiUPWuX pic.twitter.com/Bg6rXCWBkA
Per his bio on MUTigers.com, Coach Cox is survived by his wife, Juanita, his three daughters, Cassandra, Tamara and Anissa, and four grandchildren, Alandrea, Brian, Charleston and Chanceton.
Cuonzo Martin talks federal investigation with the media
Mizzou men’s basketball coach Cuonzo Martin met with the media on Thursday and didn’t hold back on the on-going federal investigations into college basketball.
Mitchell Forde’s write-up of the exchange (and his whole notebook) is worth a full read, but here’s a brief excerpt from Martin:
“If rules are being broken, then those universities should be accountable for their actions,” Martin said. “And not to make it sound black and white, but it appears to be there. When you have four coaches in the FBI stuff that happen to be black Americans but the head coaches are still okay….”
Also included in the notebook — an injury update on Mark Smith (positive!), how seriously Missouri pursued a graduate transfer and how many players Martin hopes to play in his rotation this year. So, check it out the entire read from Forde.
Missouri men’s basketball coach Cuonzo Martin met with the media this morning for an informal chat at Lakota Coffee Company. I’ll have a full story later today, but here’s a little bit of the conversation with Martin talking about the Tigers’ incoming freshman trio. pic.twitter.com/x7V4qYHEyi— Eric Blum (@ByEricBlum) June 6, 2019
Restructuring results in shake-up of leadership for the Golden Girls, cheerleading squads
In a statement provided, the move is part of a “restructuring” of the programs, which will combine the two organizations under one leader. Per Matter, both Thompson and Fry will be able to apply for the newly created position.
Matter also provided some more context on the moves via Twitter:
Instead of looking for conspiracy theories here, remember Missouri has operated at a budget deficit the last two years & could lose up to $9 million in football postseason revenue if postseason ban sticks. Either way, the NCAA appeal won’t be free. Budget cuts are not a surprise https://t.co/c8ot9OBnhy— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) June 6, 2019
Yesterday at Rock M
- Breaking down the MLB potential for Jacob Cantleberry, Chris Cornelius and Cameron Dulle
- Three 2019 Mizzou Tigers who can make their mark on the record books
- Mizzou Athletics received a $2.5 million donation specifically to renovate the basketball facilities.
- Becky Keating finished 22nd in the hammer throw at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championship
- Former Mizzou LB Eric Beisel is getting a shot at the XFL, which seems very on-brand for Beisel.
- Drew Lock’s already showing his value to his new Broncos teammates — this time, showing why he was also a highly regarded basketball recruit.