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Mizzou News for Friday, October 15

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As with last Thursday, we’ve got a kind of hodgepodge of Mizzou Athletics news and notes, so I will try to keep it as organized as possible.

Up first, SOFTBALL. Larissa Anderson’s squad, who returns all its starters from a year ago, will kick off their season in the Sunshine State, at the Northern Lights Invitational February 11-13. According to MUTigers.com, this invite specifically is for teams that, due to weather conditions, would have problems playing/practicing outdoors at this time of year.

The Tigers are scheduled to take on UConn, Eastern Kentucky, Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, and Liberty. Among those teams, Virginia Tech reached a Super Regional in 2021 while both Eastern Kentucky and Liberty appeared in a Regional.

Next up, fans have many questions about the football team, ranging from “How much will it cost to fire Steve Wilks, to “Why aren’t we seeing more young players get in late in the game when the season is pretty much a wash?” Well, Dave addressed fan concerns for FOUR hours in his Thursday chat. It’s for subscribers of the Post, so I can’t share much of it, but here’s one of tidbits that stood out to me:

One of the main topics for discussion in Dave Matter’s Thursday chat at STL Today was about Drinkwitz serving as the team’s OC. Chatters seemed to question that decision often, but, as Dave pointed out, Drink is not alone in this:

All these coaches call their own plays and serve as de-facto coordinators. (They might have an assistant coach listed as coordinator, but that’s just a title to justify a higher salary.) : Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M, Dan Mullen, Florida, Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma, Ryan Day, Ohio State, Steve Sarkisian, Texas, Mike Leach, Mississippi State, David Cutcliffe, Duke, Jeff Brohm, Purdue

And finally, ever wonder how Coach Drinkwitz’s salary compares to that of the rest of the country’s coaches? Well, USA Today released their salary info today, and the KC Star’s Lila Bromberg shared her findings:

From this list, it appears that Drink makes the same yearly base salary as Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh (who took a pay cut), Houston’s Dana Holgorsen, Rutgers’ Greg Schiano, Iowa State’s Matt Campbell, and Tennessee’s Josh Heupel.

On to the Links! GO TIGERS!


Yesterday at Rock M


More Links:

Football

Hoops

  • @DataMizzou kept up their player analyses, and DaJuan “Quaye” Gordon is next. As mentioned earlier this week, click on the tweet to get the whole twitter thread.
  • YAYA! Dude looks like a grown man and is only a freshman. So pumped to see him play!
  • Looks like both President Choi and DRF made it over to the arena to check in with Mizzou Women’s Hoops at practice.

Other Mizzou Sports

  • Speaking of Soccer, this is super cool of the Athletic Department to share this in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and Julissa Cisneros.
  • New season, new year of men’s and women’s swim teams being ranked…

Mizzou in the WNBA/NBA News

  • Game Three of the WNBA Finals will take place this evening against Sophie Cunningham’s Phoenix Mercury and the Chicago Sky. The game will be at 8pm on ESPN2 (they better have something REAL important on to move this to the secondary channel). The series is tied 1-1 after Wednesday night’s OT amazingness.

Side note: If you don’t watch the W, now would be the time to start, y’all. That game was absolutely THRILLING to watch. Witness:

  • In Thursday night’s loss to the Atlanta Hawks, 127-92 (yikes), Dru played 17 minutes and had 4 points on 2-4 shooting (0-2 from three), with 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, 1 TO, and three PF. Unrelated to Dru side note: why was basically their entire team missing this game and listed as “not with team?” Where were PJ Tucker, Bam, Tyler Herro, Kyle Lowry, and Duncan Robinson?

Next up for the Heat? A final preseason game tonight with a 5:30pm time slot against the Celtics on ESPN2.

  • MPJ did not play in Thursday’s Nuggets OT win over OKC, 113-107, due to a “sore left knee” but did play reallllly bad (according to the Denver Post’s Mike Singer) on Wednesday night. In Mike’s 24 minutes, he had the worst +/- on the team at -15… Stats-wise, he had 15 points on 6-14 shooting (2-7 from three) with 6 rebounds, 3 TO, and 4 PF. Ehhhhh… not great.

The Nuggets are off til Tuesday, 10/20, when the regular season opens against the Suns at 9pm on ESPN.

  • The Jazz were off Thursday, but in Wednesday’s win over the Bucks, JC scored 18 points on 5-10 shooting (4-7 from three) with 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal in his 23 minutes. His +6 was second highest on the team.

The Jazz are also off til Tuesday, 10/20, when they open the regular season against the Thunder at 8pm.

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