It’s SEC Honor Roll Time!
Mizzou Athletics and SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey announced that Mizzou Athletics placed a record 95 (!) student-athletes on the SEC Honor Roll, which represent 5 sports — football, m/w cross country, volleyball, and soccer — and includes grades from the 2020 spring, summer and fall semesters. This number surpasses the 86 who made the conference’s honor roll last year. Progress! You love to see it!
According to the SEC’s website, some of the criteria for the honor roll includes having a 3.0 GPA or above for the preceding academic year or have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. They also must be on an athletic scholarship, be a letter winner, and/or be a walk-on for two seasons.
Football led the way with 35 honorees, including fan favorites Tyler Badie, Connor Bazelak, Nick Bolton, and Larry Borom, and that’s just the B’s. Check out the full list of all the athletes on the SEC Honor Roll on MUTigers.com!
Speaking of the importance of educating young people, Cuonzo Martin went on The Jim Rome Show on Tuesday and talked about the difference between being good and great. As always, Coach is a walking quote machine, and this is GREAT.
On to the Links! Go Tigers!
Yesterday at Rock M
- Dive Cuts is back, and Sam & Matt are talking about Mizzou’s top 10 ranking and the upcoming games against Ole Miss and Arkansas.
- Josh, Nate and Aaron got together for a roundtable discussion about the coming re-release of EA Sports NCAA Football.. ya know... gamer nerd stuff, ha.
- Kortay wrote a nice piece about The Hustle Bros, Mitchell Smith and Kobe Brown. (Permission to trademark The Hustle Bros?)
- Kortay also recapped the newest MIZ-ZOOM: Playing a Full 40.
- COMING UP: Josh previews the Ole Miss game! Sam looks at the SEC POY candidates! And we’ll have the usual game thread (which I will abstain from due to the recent Debbie Downer-ism prevalent in the comments). And there will be a recap late night since we’ve got an 8pm start time.
- PowerMizzou: For subscribers, Sean Williams examined where MIzzou might find some 2022 quarterback recruits.
- Columbia Missourian: Emily Leiker wrote a nice piece about the CFL Toronto Argonauts’ recent additions, former Tigers Kelly Bryant and Shane Ray.
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Dave covered the news of Kirkwood High School’s new famous head football coach, Jeremy Maclin, pending board approval.
- Kansas City Star: Souichi wrote about how Mizzou basketball is red-hot, but so is Ole Miss as Tigers look to avoid a letdown.
- The Athletic ($$): Seth Davis talked to some anonymous coaches about how they see opponents in the SEC, Big 10, PAC-12, WCC, and what they said about Missouri was super interesting. Additionally, Eamonn Brennan was back with another Bubble Watch, where he gives updated thoughts on teams like Missouri. Hey there, Dru Smith, making an appearance in the main graphic! YOU SHOULD SUBSCRIBE SO YOU CAN READ THESE.
- PowerMizzou: MItchell & Gabe posted a new episode of their 573 Report for your viewing pleasure, and Gabe posted the Zoom video of coach Cornell Mann’s meeting with the media.
- MUTigers.com has got your primer for the Ole Miss game. Read some fun facts!
- Columbia-Missourian: In Tyler Hollins’ game preview, he wrote that Mizzou has something to prove and is looking to avoid an upset in Oxford.
- Columbia Tribune: Eric Blum shared where in the brackets you can find the Tigers in his newest Bracketology, as well as a post previewing the Tigers’ game against Ole Miss, who are BOTH red hot right now.
- Womens Hoops’ Shannon Dufficy is one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award, which “recognizes NCAA Division-I seniors who have notable achievements in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition,” according to the release on MUTigers.com.
- Rally For Rhyan is Saturday and here’s some information on how you can donate from Mizzou Hoops’ twitter. (Also check out Rock M’s post on this)
Other Mizzou Sports
- Calum McAndrew welcomed back Men’s Golf with a nice little write up in the Missourian discussing their roster and the spring season, which tees off (get it? haha) Friday in nice, warm maskless (sorry) Florida.
- Well... this sucks, but is not altogether surprising. Mizzou is hosting the SEC Championships for swimming (yay), but there will be no fans in attendance (boo). As a former area swim coach and a volunteer for this very event previously, that facility is gorgeous and I loved being there.... stupid Covid.
Due to protocols involving the student-athletes, the SEC has announced there will be no spectator seating available at the SEC Diving (Feb. 17-20) and Men's Swimming (Feb. 23-26) Championships at the Mizzou Aquatic Center. https://t.co/gg9xk51nIQ— Mizzou Swim & Dive (@MizzouSwimDive) February 9, 2021
- Baseball coach, Steve Bieser, joined Matt Michaels and voice of the Tigers Mike Kelly on the Inside Mizzou Podcast. Check it out!
- Larissa Anderson spoke to Fastpitch Network’s Kyle Parmley about how her Tigers have been built for adversity. Sadly, it’s a subscriber-only to read the article in its entirety.
“Never count us out,” Anderson said of her program. “I know we’re not going to sneak up on anybody anymore. Two years ago, we were picked to finish last [in the SEC] and then we went out and beat UCLA in regionals.”@CoachLarissaA @CoachMalveauxhttps://t.co/eeuBZOpooy— Fastpitch Network (@FastPitchNet) February 9, 2021
Other Regional Sports News
- Friend of Dive Cuts and KC Star writer Souichi Terada announced that his last day at the Star is Saturday. We wish him the best of the luck, as he’s been a great edition to the Mizzou beat.
Saturday will be my last day on the Mizzou beat and at the KC Star. I'll have my next step soon. Can't thank the players, admin, readers & everyone else enough since I got to CoMo. It's been hectic between a coaching search, pandemic and whatever else, but I enjoyed the ride.— Souichi Terada (寺田惣一) (@SouichiTerada) February 8, 2021
- Dave Matter of the Post-Dispatch shared a nice tribute to Mizzou Basketball’s Charles Henke, one of the program’s legends, who recently passed away.
- And in very, very sad news, former KC Star writer, Terez Paylor, passed away suddenly on Tuesday morning. He had just turned 37. Paylor started at the Star after college and built himself up from prep sports writer to the Mizzou beat to Chiefs reporter. He left the Star in 2018 to cover the NFL for Yahoo! Sports. He was a tremendous writer with an exuberant personality. Terez was instrumental in bringing Rock M’s own Brandon Kiley to KC to work in sports radio— be sure to check out this amazing Twitter thread. Here’s some other tributes from his other colleagues. Man, what a sad day.
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