So long and best of luck, Nick Bolton!
All year long we’ve sung the praises of one Nick Bolton. Before an injury (and unjust targeting call) against Arkansas sapped some of his momentum, Bolton was well on his way to multiple postseason award considerations, playing a season that saw him consistently ranked as one of the very best defensive players in football. By the time it’s all said and done, he’ll likely be a first-team All SEC player.
However, we now know that we’ve seen our last of Bolton in a Mizzou uniform. With several players announcing their intentions for the bowl season, Bolton announced his. Unfortunately for Tiger fans, it’s not the news we wanted to hear.
Even if we’d have liked to see Bolton ball out one more time as a Tiger, there can be no faulting him for his decision. Bowl games are completely superfluous, and a player like Bolton is fighting for a spot in the first round of the NFL Draft, a fight that could mean millions of dollars in guaranteed money in his rookie deal. If Bolton did anything to jeopardize his draft stock in a game where Mizzou would more than likely ask him to play out of position again, I think we’d all feel a little gross.
Go get that bag, Mr. Bolton. Thanks for giving us so much in your years at Mizzou. Can’t wait to write about you every Monday morning in our Mizzou in the NFL recap.
In other news about Mizzou’s bowl, Nick Bolton may not be the only one sitting the game out. It was announced yesterday afternoon that Iowa’s football program is now on hold following some positive COVID-19 tests.
#Iowa has paused in-person football activities for the next 5 days due to an uptick in COVID-19 issues. AD Gary Barta and coach Kirk Ferentz believe they will still be ready to play Dec. 30 in the Music City Bowl. #Hawkeyes— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) December 22, 2020
This article from our friends at Black Heart Gold Pants is a great primer for everything happening within the Iowa program at the moment. For a TL;DR version...
- The Hawkeyes have had positive tests outside of the coaching staff.
- The players are returning from a break away from campus and further positives are possible.
- The Hawkeyes will be without at least 8 players for the Music City Bowl, and more positive tests would both up that number and increase the amount of time they would need to lay off football activities (per Big 10 rules.)
While we wait to see if the game is even played, feel free to get some more info on why the Music City Bowl seemed like the perfect fit to some of the decision makers in the Mizzou Football program.
Yesterday at Rock M
- The Good, Bad and Ugly: Mississippi State
- MV3: Two skill players and a former QB stand out against Mississippi State
- PODCAST: Mizzou Falls Short in the Regular Season Finale
- Cuonzo Martin’s squad has had a long break since its Braggin’ Rights win and will have another after tonight’s game against Bradley. Souichi Terada at the KC Star wrote about how the team is using the long dry spells.
- The long layoff, however, didn’t stop the Associated Press from moving Mizzou up to No. 14 in the top 25 rankings.
- Subscribers to PowerMizzou can get Gabe’s Monday morning thoughts, some PFF insights on the Mississippi State loss (but... why?), and a Rivals commitment analysis for Mizzou’s latest 2022 commit — Ja’Marion Wayne.
- He’s not a former Tiger, but Eli Drinkwitz stood up for one of his former players on Twitter last night.
Bitter is a bad perfume....... dude played outstanding! Only person with a worse take..... nope can’t think of one— Eliah Drinkwitz (@CoachDrinkwitz) December 22, 2020
- At the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Arnold Irsih wrote about the 1979 hoops match up between Mizzou and SLU, in which Mizzou won, but SLU, “stole the show.”
- A former Mizzou hoops target is in the news for some not-so-great reasons...
We have asked Cam Fletcher to take some time and step away from the team. He needs to reflect and do some soul searching to get his priorities in order. Any attitude or actions that are detrimental to this team will not be tolerated – and that goes for everyone on the team.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) December 21, 2020
Fletcher was seen visibly upset on the bench during Kentucky’s latest loss over the weekend. During a post-game Q&A, Calipari clarified that Fletcher was upset over a lack of playing time. Fletcher apologized for the outburst later in the weekend.
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