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Another Day, Another Post about Coach Martin (and some other good stuff, too)

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Mizzou Links for Wednesday, June 10

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.

It.was.awesome.

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.

Powerful stuff.

An excerpt of the show:

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.


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More Links:

Football

  • Colin Cowherd said on his show that perhaps Drew Lock is a dark horse MVP candidate. I mean... I’ll take it!

Hoops

  • Looks like Sophie, the former Mayor of Columbia, is back in town, and helping out with Special Olympics Missouri.

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.
  • Wow, Mizzou Swim & Dive. Just killin’ it in the pool and out!

Interesting/Non-Mizzou News

These are a few of the best sports stories & tidbits I found regarding some goings-on in sports and the world— Enjoy!

  • 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.
  • If you’re looking to sign up for ESPN+, Rock M Nation now has an affiliate link: click Here for ESPN+ Now! (** RockMNation has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though RockMNation may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links.**)