Cuonzo Martin is awesome. That is all.
Cuonzo Martin made an appearance on the St. Louis radio airwaves on Wednesday as he joined 101 ESPN’s program “Rivs & BK” with Jamie Rivers and Rock M’s own Brandon Kiley. As you’d expect given the latest unfortunate situation surrounding the country, the whole conversation was just simply more important than basketball.
Martin had a lot of powerful messages, and he said it was time for him to take a stand and speak out from the death of George Floyd.
“ I have to do something. I have to be part of this change. I have to get into the trenches to be part of the change. I just can’t sit back anymore, and that’s what it came down to for me.”
Here’s some more from Cuonzo on 101ESPN:
#Mizzou basketball coach @CuonzoMartin talks with his family on Zoom every week. Something his mother said this past weekend resonated with him. He spoke about it today on #RivsAndBK.— 101 ESPN Radio St. Louis (@101espn) June 3, 2020
PODCAST: https://t.co/iH8TGSiKpe pic.twitter.com/uhhuuJGjDN
There’s A LOT more to dig in from the interview, and it was such a good listen, so here’s the full segment on 101 ESPN for your listening pleasures.
As always, just tremendous stuff from Cuonzo Martin, and thanks to Rivers and Kiley for getting him on their show.
And Martin wasn’t even done for the day. Later on Wednesday, he joined several Mizzou student athletes and coaches on a powerful walk throughout campus and downtown.
The contingent later met at the Boone County Courthouse and kneeled for eight minutes and 46 seconds in remembrance of George Floyd.
“This isn’t political, it’s a human rights issue,” Eli Drinkwitz tweeted in a significant message, with an amazing picture on the right.
This was a pretty big statement made by Missouri and all I can say is that I am a HUGE supporter of this. Absolutely well done, Mizzou.
Onto the links!
Yesterday at Rock M
- Film Room: Defense 2020 Part Five - Zone Coverages, by Tim Bussen
- One final time! Find out who Nate Edwards and Brandon Kiley have selected as “Mr. Irrelevant” in the last round of The Missouri Tigers Legends Draft
- PODCAST: South Carolina, Recruiting, and The Missouri Tigers Legends Draft with Nate Edwards and Brandon Kiley on Before The Box Score
- ($$) Mitchell Forde has a write up on South Carolina forward Cesare Edwards discussing his Mizzou offer
- ($$) Read up on the latest and 23rd edition of Gabe DeArmond’s Macadoodle’s Mailbag
- From Dave Matter, Mizzou football players organize walk through campus
- From a Sports on Tap video with Dave Matter and Ben Frederickson, Mizzou football focuses on a couple new recruiting hotbeds
- Souichi Terada writes about how Cuonzo Martin is standing up to social injustice
- From Souichi Terada, Mizzou Football players organize walk and are joined by Columbia PD, administrators
- With players returning to campus, Missouri changes testing policy (as all returning athletes will be tested for COVID-19) reports Peter Baugh. Good news here.
- MU student-athletes, coaches march in honor of George Floyd, writes Adam Cole
(Columbia Daily Tribune)
- From Eric Blum’s conversation with Cuonzo Martin: Mizzou’s Martin on changing racial injustice: “We’re all part of this”
- Mizzou has made an announcement that MU considers schedule change to fall 2020 semester. More info can be found here from the Office of the Chancellor
- From ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, Missouri football players register to vote after leading march
- SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey has released his statement
- Regarding Xavier Pinson, Jeremiah Tilmon, and Mitchell Smith, there has been no official announcement yet and the deadline to withdrawal from the NBA Draft is still TBD
Regarding Mizzou's three players testing NBA draft process - Pinson, Tilmon, Mitchell Smith - was told yesterday nothing official/formal yet. They had not submitted forms to return to school as of Monday. NCAA deadline to pull out of draft still TBD.— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) June 3, 2020
- This was extremely well put by analyst Beyah Rasool...and this is such an incredible picture
- Here are more pictures and videos from the peaceful protest, from ABC17’s Andrew Kauffman
#Mizzou student athletes, staff and law enforcement peacefully protested together in Columbia.— Andrew Kauffman (@AndrewABC17) June 3, 2020
"Our players led a powerful walk to the courthouse where we took a knee for 8 minutes and 46 seconds to honor the life of George Floyd and demand justice." - Coach Drinkwitz pic.twitter.com/bxqL8eMhAY
- Rivals150 has updated their 2021 recruiting basketball rankings, and Mizzou is involved with a total of 11 offers at the moment
#Mizzou offers:— ROCK M NATION (@RockMNation) June 3, 2020
- No. 4: Chet Holmgren
- No. 11: Hunter Sallis
- No. 16: Peyton Watson
- No. 35: Malaki Branham
- No. 26: Matt Cleveland
- No. 62: Kobe Bufkin
- No. 66: Jaden Akins
- No. 85: Tamar Bates
- No. 103: Kaleb Washington
- No. 145 Cesare Edwards
- No. 147: Yaya Keita https://t.co/IdfPCxF596
- For the Blues fans out there, the one-year anniversary of the Stanley Cup Championship is approaching, and FOX Sports Midwest will have a special In Their Own Words broadcast on June 12th
- ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the NBA to approve plan for a 22-team return with eight-regular season games
- The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that MLB has rejected the 114-game season proposal
MLB rejected the union’s proposal for a 114-game season and said it would not send a counter, sources tell The Athletic. The league said it has started talks with owners about playing a shorter season without fans, and that it is ready to discuss additional ideas with the union.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 3, 2020
- From ESPN’s Field Yates, here’s a timeline for upcoming sports returning
Upcoming sports returning include:— Field Yates (@FieldYates) June 3, 2020
▪️NBA July 31
▪️Premier League June 17
▪️La Liga June 11
▪️NHL (camps no sooner than July 10)
▪️PGA TOUR June 11
▪️MLS (training period begins ~June 24)
▪️NWSL June 27
▪️Belmont Stakes June 20
▪️MLB Draft June 10-11
- This will be a must-watch. Tonight (Thursday) is a one-hour special edition of Inside The NBA as the TNT crew will discuss the latest social injustice in America.
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