So, this is HUGE news.
According to Kendall Rogers of D1Baseball, the NCAA has announced that baseball and softball championships will allow 100 percent capacity, if local and state guidelines allow.
BREAKING: The NCAA is expected to announce today that the baseball and softball championships will allow 100 percent capacity if local and state guidelines allow for it. This is massive news for both sports.— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) May 19, 2021
How about that? That’s some terrific news for Mizzou Softball, who will of course be hosting the Columbia Regional in the NCAA Tournament this weekend. Last week, Mizzou Athletics announced an increased capacity of 50 percent starting on May 18th.
Larissa Anderson was making the case to push it to 100 percent.
Later on, Mizzou Softball officially announced that they will be going to 100 percent capacity this weekend at the Columbia Regional. This is big news for the Tigers, who went 13-6 at home during the regular season. Read more at MUTigers.com for ticket information and scheduling.
The same goes for Mizzou Baseball, as 100 percent capacity will be allowed at Taylor Stadium in the regular season series finale against Auburn starting tonight through Saturday. It’s a pivotal series as the Tigers are still in the mix for the 12th and final SEC Tournament spot.
Some big news dropped on Wednesday for Mizzou Football as well. The Board of Curators have made a final approval of a $33.1M indoor practice facility, which will be completed in December of 2022.
Here’s a statement from Jim Sterk:
“We are grateful for the donors who have stepped forward with transformational gifts in support of this significant project that will benefit not only Mizzou Football, but several of our other teams, too, in future years no matter the weather in Mid-Missouri. We are thankful for the donors who believe in Mizzou and who are committed to helping us achieve excellence throughout our athletics program.
“Mizzou Football enjoys tremendous momentum under Coach (Eliah) Drinkwitz and his staff, and having a convenient, year-around training facility with a full-length football field to practice will help bring Mizzou in line with other SEC programs from a facilities standpoint. This is another piece of the puzzle as we work together to fulfill Coach Drinkwitz’ bold vision of our program.”
And from Drinkwitz:
“I’m grateful to our Board of Curators and our athletics administration for making our Indoor Practice Facility a reality. This is an important commitment to our program. An indoor space to train and practice is crucial to our player development efforts.”
For a Wednesday in the middle of May, yesterday was a very good news-filled day surrounding Mizzou Athletics.
Now, onto the links. M-I-Z!
Yesterday at Rock M
- Brandon Kiley writes that Marquis Gracial fits the mold of a Steve Wilks defensive tackle
- Team Texas Quarterback: Chase Daniel, from Brandon Kiley
- UM Board votes Wednesday to approve Mizzou football practice facility, writes Dave Matter
- From Dave Matter: Mizzou Stadium back to full capacity for NCAA Softball regional
- Look out, NBA: Denver’s Michael Porter Jr. is living up to the hype, writes Dave Matter
- Missouri Board of Curators signs off on indoor practice facility, Blair Kerkhoff has the details
- On the latest SportsBeat KC with Blair Kerkhoff: Hear in-person interviews with some Mizzou Tigers, just like old times
- A preview from Nate Marcus: Missouri welcomes Auburn to Taylor Stadium for decisive regular-season finale series
- From Anthony Kristensen: Mizzou Softball Stadium to open at full capacity
- From Calum McAndrew: Missouri’s Steelman falls just short of course-record tying Bradley at NCAA Regional
- UM System Board of Curators unanimously approves $33.1 million indoor football facility, writes Calum McAndrew
(Columbia Daily Tribune)
- From Eric Blum: Coaches share respect as Mizzou, Illinois-Chicago prep for NCAA Softball regional opener
- How about our guy Ross Steelman at the NCAA Golf Tournament? He finished tied for third at his regional, the best finish by a Tiger since 2014. Not too shabby for a redshirt sophomore. You can read more here at MUTigers.com.
What a run on Day 3. With a 6-under 66 today, @ross_steelman finished T-3 overall, the highest individual finish for a Tiger at an NCAA Regional since 2014— Mizzou Men's Golf (@MizzouMensGolf) May 19, 2021
Always representing #Mizzou well!#MIZ ⛳️ pic.twitter.com/N9TFmqWtOe
- Congrats to Jeremiah Tilmon, who has signed with Lift Sports Management. Tilly Tilly!
Former Missouri center Jeremiah Tilmon has signed with Lift Sports Management agency firm, per his IG— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) May 19, 2021
- On denverbroncos.com, Mile High Morning: Pro Football Focus makes the case for Drew Lock to take a leap in 2021
- From our good friend Ryan Herrera on MLB.com, former Mizzou pitcher Max Scherzer has passed Jim Bunning for 19th place on MLB’s all-time strikeout list
- Jontay Porter’s Memphis Grizzlies have advanced in the NBA Play-In Tournament. Jontay wasn’t dressed for the game, but we wish the Grizzlies well, regardless.
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