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2020 Ends on High Note as Maietti Returns and Huge Donation Comes in for Practice Facility

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Mizzou News for Wednesday, December 30

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Late Christmas Gifts for the Tigers Continue

While Missouri (sadly) will not be playing in the Music City Bowl today, fans and the team got some good news with Rutgers grad transfer announcing he will be returning for the blanket extra year of extra eligibility given by the NCAA to Fall/Winter sports athletes. The soon to be “super senior” played in all 10 games for the Tigers, logging a team-high 732 snaps, according to stats provided in Dave Matter’s STL Today article.

I’m sure Drink is ecstatic, as he has not been shy with the media about his wishes for Maietti to return. From the article:

“I love Michael Maietti,” Drinkwitz said earlier this month. “Just a unbelievable young man who wanted an opportunity to win football games and try something different. (He had) never been to the Midwest before and. ...The leadership and toughness and just the consistency of performance that he’s provided has been unbelievable. I’m begging that guy every single day and now I’m doing it publicly for him to come back.

He joins Grant McKinniss, the Kentucky transfer who yesterday dropped the news that he too was returning. His quarterback is certainly excited.

Another late Christmas gift came in the form of a VERY sizable donation — a cool $10 mil, no big deal (!!) — to help with construction of the new indoor practice facility, according to MUTigers.com. From the release:

“We are grateful for the generous support that this family continues to provide to Mizzou Athletics, and believe it demonstrates a strong commitment to Mizzou Football and Coach Drinkwitz’s leadership of our program. This is a project that has been a part of the athletics facilities master plan for several years, and it is something that is definitely needed.”

On to the links! Big game tonight!


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More Links:

Football

Hoops

  • Congrats, graduates!
  • Kind words by UT head coach, Rick Barnes, about our Fearless Leader.

Other Mizzou Sports / Mizzou in the Pros

  • 10 days til Mizzou Gymnastics returns!
  • Damn. Mike was H-O-T in Tuesday night’s game against the Kings. While the Nuggets ended up losing the game 125-115 after being outscored in the 4th quarter, MPJ had a double-double, with 30 points, 10 rebounds (6 defensive), and 2 blocks in 40 mins of playing time. The negative? 4 turnovers, and when combined with those of his teammates, it led to 37 SAC points off TO.

Various Sports News

  • Welp. Another SEC bowl game gone.

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