Hey, look! It’s more talk about Zo!
Hoops Head Coach Cuonzo Martin was a guest along with Golden State Warriors’ assistant coach Mike Brown on ESPN CBB analyst Seth Greenberg’s web show, Pickup Game.
Some highlights, though I won’t share too much since I want you all to listen!!! Also, Mike Brown is incredible, though I shouldn’t be surprised given the organization he works for.
Martin said that the athletics, the campus and the community HAVE to come together and unite. There’s so much you can learn from others, and you CAN’T move backwards. When asked how this impacts what he’s saying to his players, he said he reminds them that they have to “GIVE more to Do more to BE more.” The road, he tells them, WILL get bumpy, but they have to stay strong and push forward.
When asked is there has been a failing at the collegiate level of some of the prominent white coaches to speak out when basically they make their livings off of the play of African-American players, Cuonzo said that he’d like to think that they (the coaches) have done things behind the scenes. But if they haven’t, he said it’s ultimately up to the players to take the initiative and make sure it’s brought up because it’s not doing anyone— the team, their families, the coaches— any good to be quiet about it. The onus comes down to the players. The players have the responsibility, and have to recognize the amount of authority and respect THEY have to make sure it’s addressed. No one is “too busy” right now.
As for how Coach Mike Brown’s thoughts on this particular topic, he mentioned that the two most prominent white coaches in the NBA, Pop and Steve Kerr, have been the MOST vocal and the most forward-thinking in terms of social justice for many years. He feels like it’s especially important for white leaders to step up and speak out. People need to hear them.
An excerpt of the show:
"Everyone has to come on the same team. If we don't support these communities, we'll be right back where we started 20 years from now." @CuonzoMartin joined @SethOnHoops & Mike Brown on @HallPassMedia's Pickup Game#BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/yPjjjYUeqS— Mizzou Hoops (@MizzouHoops) June 9, 2020
I HIGHLY recommend checking out the entire video, which you can find here. It’s about 40 minutes in length, but WELL WORTH your time. Cuonzo speaks and I listen; he just has that effect on me, as well as many others.
Finally, while not sports-related, but is directly related to what’s going on in the world, and while it’s not customary to put this information up top, I think it’s that important. Mizzou’s Inclusion, Diversity & Equity office is offering a 10-day self-guided curriculum on Race, Racism, and the American Experience.
As someone who attends the trainings offered by this office as often as I’m allowed, I am certain this will be worthwhile and wonderful.
The ultimate goal of this self-paced curriculum is to challenge stereotypes and stereotypical thinking processes that reduce information into over-simplified concepts so that we can acknowledge the danger of a single story.
In addition, this curriculum seeks to contextualize how seemingly inward thinking processes are deeply connected to the institutions and systems in which we are embedded. As such, this curriculum aims to support your personal exploration and scaffold your unit’s efforts to create more inclusive and affirming work spaces.
Note: You do not have to be an MU employee or student to take part, so check out the link. Additionally, here are some extra resources for Identity Education that the office has compiled. It ranges from podcasts and movies to TED Talks, books and magazine articles.
Yesterday at Rock M
- Nate wrote a game preview for the The Factory, the Eastern Michigan Eagles.
- COMING UP: Coach Bussen’s Film Room— Part 7, and a new ep of Dive Cuts
- In the newest Eye on the Tiger podcast, Dave Matter chatted with Ross Dellenger about COVID-19’s impact on college football.
- PowerMizzou (free): Mitchell looked at the best offensive players on Mizzou’s schedule.
- Columbia Missourian: Adam Cole detailed more of what Josh mentioned in his links earlier in the week— Mizzou Athletics will not publicly disclose new COVID-19 cases.
- RECRUITING ROUND-UP: PowerMizzou ($$): Sean Williams wrote Georgia cornerback Cameron Bergeron’s recruitment. Mizzou made the cut for Georgia defensive lineman, Matthew D Alexander.
- Associated Press (via the Missourian): Eric Olson wrote that seniority and generosity may decide who enters college football stadiums this fall.
- Tennessee Football Gatorade Player of the Year, Elijah Young, took his $1000 award and donated it to the South-Doyle Youth Football Program. Really awesome.
- Colin Cowherd said on his show that perhaps Drew Lock is a dark horse MVP candidate. I mean... I’ll take it!
- KC Star: Pete Grathoff wrote about Drew Lock and his Broncos’ teammates taking part in a recent protest march.
- The team set a program record in grades for Spring 2020. Nicely done, fellas!
- Columbia Missourian: Eli Hoff wrote about the push for NIL legislation in Missouri and what it could change. Check it out.
- PowerMizzou ($$): Over the weekend, Mitchell Forde caught up with 2021 wing, Zach Hicks. Hicks’ dad shared that the Zoom visit went well on his Twitter account Tuesday evening.
Mizzou we had a great time on Zoom...Coach Martin and Crew thanks for the offer...We will stay in touch...two way relations— Jeffrey hicks (@Jeffrey03049489) June 9, 2020
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Gordo wrote about how Cuonzo Martin is hoping that having the same players will deliver better results this season.
- Jeff Borzello, Paul Biancardi, and Adam Finkelstein released an updated recruiting rankings list for 2021-2023, and Mizzou commit Anton Brookshire is up to No. 90 in 2021.
- In the Missourian’s continuing First Pitches series, longtime ESPN women’s basketball writer, Mechelle Voepel, wrote about “Basketball, bias, and the beat of a lifetime.” This is AWESOME.
- Marcus Denmon is taking part as one of the EuroLeague All-Stars for Team Hines in the TBT (The Basketball Tournament), a high stakes, winner-take-all fully quarantined tournament that will take place on ESPN. The field of 20 includes an overseas American player team, like that of Denmon, as well as alumni teams from the likes of Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Auburn, among others.
- Looks like Sophie, the former Mayor of Columbia, is back in town, and helping out with Special Olympics Missouri.
We appreciate @sophaller and all she’s willing to do to support Special Olympics Missouri and its athletes. We a had a great time taping some instructional videos for those athletes impacted by the pandemic. More to come...@SOMissouri @PhoenixMercury @MizzouWBB pic.twitter.com/TR30aTbRni— Brian Neuner (@Bnoon50) June 9, 2020
More Mizzou Sports
Looks like grades are out, y’all! Let’s see how these STUDENT-athletes did!
- Great work in the classroom, Women’s Hoops!
- Softball... this is excellent.
Didn't matter what was thrown at this group this semester. Congratulations to our student-athletes for excelling in the classroom this semester!— Mizzou Softball (@MizzouSoftball) June 9, 2020
- Wow, Mizzou Swim & Dive. Just killin’ it in the pool and out!
- The Columbia Missourian staff covered Missouri volleyball’s record-setting GPA semester for Spring 2020.
- Eric Blum wrote about about how the soccer team is staying motivated as they await their return to campus.
- Jack Soble of the Maneater wrote about how youth hockey helped Missouri baseball DH Peter Zimmermann become a dominant force on the diamond. Super cool story.
These are a few of the best sports stories & tidbits I found regarding some goings-on in sports and the world— Enjoy!
- Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote about how 2020 athletes are channeling the change-makers of sport in 1968. It’s really good.
- The Show-Me State games have updated their competition schedule, according to the Missourian.
- Chiefs player Tyrann Mathieu seems like a really good dude, y’all. He’s helping out his New Orleans community by paying two months rent for a family affected by the pandemic. (is it dusty in here?)
- Look for a new ESPN 30 for 30 film on Sosa vs. McGwire premiering Sunday, “Long Gone Summer.” Should be a good one.
- If you’re a Schitt’s Creek fan, the cast (in character) took part in the #DearClassof2020 broadcast on YouTube. It’s wonderful, of course.
- The newest Ringer podcast (a great website), Higher Learning, dove into NFL Commish Roger Goodell’s statement in their latest episode. The podcast is co-hosted by Van Lathan (who also does the Wire podcast) and ESPN personality/former practicing lawyer and Bachelor lead, Rachel Lindsay.
- Fox Sports Analyst and former linebacker, Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho on Twitter, a GREAT follow) sat down with the one and only Matthew McConaughey in his series, An Uncomfortable Conversation with a Black Man. Make sure you check this out, alright, alright, alright (sorry).
- In news I didn’t know I wanted, there’s apparently a new Bill & Ted movie coming out this summer, Bill & Ted Face the Music. It’s been 29 (TWENTY NINE) years since the release of Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey... let that sink in. That’s older than a bunch of you, I know. Buzzfeed broke the trailer down here.
Whoa. The wait is finally over, dudes! Keanu Reeves and @Winter star in the first official trailer for Bill & Ted Face the Music! Watch now! And remember: be excellent to each other. ⚡ #BillAndTed3 #FaceTheMusic #BillAndTedDay pic.twitter.com/oh7Oj3mVK3— Bill & Ted 3 (@BillandTed3) June 9, 2020
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