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Mizzou News for Friday, June 5

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I love our coaches (and our players, obviously).

In light of recent... (cough-cough-cough-cough) .... less than stellar responses by some other sports teams and their coaches, we here at Rock M (and all of you Mizzou fans) can thank our lucky stars that we’ve got a couple of good ones. If this last week or so has taught us anything, our coaches are better than good... they’re GREAT, in fact.

But for real...

Back aboard the Cuonzo Martin Fan Club train (that I never got off of), Zo’s been talking to everyone, and I LOVE TO SEE IT. Adam Finklestein of ESPN and The Upside podcast posted his chat with Cuonzo, and it was great. You’d think, after all of the media rounds this week, that he’d be repeating himself, but each one has featured something new, and this interview was no exception. Here’s a few tidbits (of many) that stood out to me:

What are your thoughts on amateurism and how we can help black athletes, or all athletes?

For every student athlete that graduates, he/she should be able to get a job within a 30-50 mile radius of the campus and the university gives him/her a $50-100,000 check to help them get started, and provide job assistance. Because when you have black athletes, oftentimes those guys are still doing well in the classroom, and graduating with a 2.2-2.6 GPA, but their resumes just don’t look as good as other students that have 3.5, 3.7, 3.9 GPAs who could get to intern and get all these other opportunities. So where do they go from here? It’s OUR JOB to find them jobs. They are generating billions of dollars for the university, but we owe it to them to help them get a job, especially in the area, where those businesses have profited indirectly off their attendance at the university.

What about the hiring of black coaches? There’s a disproportionate amount of black head coaches to black athletes, as well as a disproportionate amount of black coaches who get second chances, as opposed to white coaches, if they do lose their jobs.

Cuonzo said, referencing coaches like Mike Davis and John Thompson III, who he thinks should be Final 4 coaches:

“Legit, those guys (Davis, Thompson, among others) should be running programs. When you look at coaches, and look at each bench at the P5 level, but if you don’t have at least 3 black men on your staff and the majority of your players are white, what are you saying? You can perform for me, but you are not educated enough to be on my staff... if you don’t have strong diversity on your staff, what are you doing?”

Next up! Not to be outdone by ‘Zo’s awesomeness, Drink and his team has made quite the name for themselves nationally with their recent peaceful protest, which ended in 52 new voter registrations.

It was Columbia native Martez Manuel’s grand plan, according to The Missourian’s Max Baker. After attending a protest in Jeff City with some of his coaches and teammates, he approached Coach Drinkwitz and Coach Walters with the idea.

“None of my coaches, even though they’re fairly new to me, have ever given me a vibe that I could be uncomfortable coming to them with anything,” Manuel said. “The way I was brought up, I’ve always been taught to voice my opinion and voice the way that I think things should be. That’s something that lit a fire in me.”

When talking about adding in the voting aspect (Coach Luper’s idea, according to an article by Peter Baugh in The Athletic), Manuel said:

“Just seeing all my teammates register to vote, something that if we didn’t do then, we probably never would’ve done this year,” Manuel said. “The youth isn’t active in politics, active in voting. Anyone can be a keyboard warrior and anyone can post some things on Instagram, but I’m big on voicing my power and voicing my concerns for that subject.”

I personally could not love this more. It’s not possible.

Local coverage:

Everybody picked this story up, even nationally!

  • Washington Post (Matt Bonesteel)
  • ESPN (Adam Rittenberg)
  • Ari Berman (MotherJones)- I will point out that after I shared The Athletic article, he added it to the thread :)

On to the Links. Happy Friday! Oh, and...

Happy Birthday, Mom!


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