Welcome to the SEC… I guess??
The gif going through my head with the official announcement that the SEC unanimously approved the expansion, of course, is this one, which I would have embedded, but you know… NSFW language and such. So instead, I halfheartedly welcome Oklahoma and Texas to our great SuperLeague where we’re reminded incessantly, “it just means more.” Hey, at least we aren’t welcoming a Tom Herman-led Texas team, right? #brightside And I actually am looking forward to having the Longhorns in the conference for swimming, since I AM a longtime Longhorns/Eddie Reese fan. (fun fact: my brother coached for them so my family does have some UT merch in our closets)
Here’s the press release. For the record, I’m not sure anyone thinks this whole thing is actually waiting til 2025 to happen; it seems to be much more likely that it will be the 2022-23 season.
NEWS | The @SEC Presidents & Chancellors voted unanimously Thursday to extend membership invitations to the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas to join the SEC effective July 1, 2025, with competition to begin in all sports for the 2025-26 academic year.— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) July 29, 2021
I found this response of interest in Dave Matter’s newest chat at STL Today when asked about the years of waiting time for it all to kick off: (read the whole chat)
If Oklahoma and Texas were to leave the Big 12 for the SEC in time to play football in 2022, the consensus is they’d both owe the Big 12 around $80 million. Even with a gracious loan from the SEC, those two schools aren’t going to be paying that much money. That’s why it’s in their best interest for the Big 12 to dissolve and for the spare parts to be sold off to other conferences
There’s plenty of news out there about the possible dominoes falling all around the country with the news of OU/UT moving, but I’m not linking to all of it, ha.
MOVING ON to the most important news of the day…
IT’S KARISSA DAY!!!
Game face because it’s finally here ⚡️— Karissa Schweizer (@KarissaSchweiz4) July 30, 2021
Catch me at the Olympic Games
5k prelims go off at 7pm Tokyo time! (5:00 am CT ☕️) pic.twitter.com/VbrVgr3wuu
By the time you read this, our golden-haired former Tiger Queen of the Track will have already run the first of her races, the 5000m, depending upon how late you sleep (I will still be sleeping, to be certain). So here’s hoping it went well and we can all catch a rewatch later— please link to it below if you find one.
Onto the Links! GO KARISSA!!!
Yesterday at Rock M
- In a new Dive Cuts pod — the season finale — Sam and Matt asked what a new AD means for Cuonzo Martin and Mizzou Hoops. Have a listen!
- Parker identified what he considers to be the key to Mizzou’s wide receiving corps improvement: winning battles in close quarters.
- Josh wrote a lovely piece on one of my faves, DPJ. Read it.
- IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Kortay wrote a really great piece on JJ Hester, who he watched all through high school in Oklahoma.
- COMING UP: Closer looks at Keke (by Aaron) and Tauskie (by BK)
- LOVE THIS. I want one!
- Calum McAndrew covered the news of the illustrious group selected to help find Mizzou’s next AD.
- 4 star ESPN 300 Georgia DE Joshua White has Mizzou in his Top 4
- If you’re in the area, go support the Tigers at Mizzou Night at the ballpark!
- Nicole Auerbach and Andy Staples of The Athletic looked at an important implication of the the SEC shenanigans: After adding Oklahoma and Texas, what is the SEC’s endgame? The rest of the NCAA fears a super league. (subscribers only, sorry)
- More notes on the conference stuff, from Cecil Hurt:
As noted in the comments, 10 SEC games in football and 20 in basketball is fine with me. I don’t see less than nine football games being workable at all.— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) July 29, 2021
- Top, top, TIPPITY TOP hoops target Aiden Shaw has released a Top 6, and Mizzou finds itself firmly in the mix. Check out Matthew J Harris’ twitter for some more insight on this.
No surprises here. Shaw's visited every school listed but Arkansas. And he canceled a trip to Fayetteville set for next weekend. https://t.co/jT55wxz8vQ— ROCK M NATION (@RockMNation) July 29, 2021
- Robin Pingeton’s squad is getting prepped for their night at ballpark. Looking ready, ladies!
- Welp. This is not exactly news you want to see. Addison Potts, who committed to Mizzou as an eighth grader (!) has reopened her commitment, according to Lauren Rosenberg. She held with her pledge for years, but alas, things change.
- Sam asked a very important pre-pre-preseason question that he would very much like responses to on his twitter:
Time to play "Who is your top 8?"— Sam Snelling (@SamTSnelling) July 29, 2021
With Mizzou's roster complete (i'm guessing anyway) who are the 5 starters plus first three off the bench?
JRs: Gordon, Coleman, Brown, Davis
SOs: Wilmore, DeGray
FRs: Brookshire, Brazile, Keita, Durugordon, Brown
- Mizzou great Steve Stipanovich sat down with KTRS Big Sports Show on Wednesday night, and Sammy said it was awesome. Have a listen!
A really good listen here: Stipanovich visited Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Notre Dame, and UCLA before choosing Missouri.— Sammy Stava (@StavaonSTL) July 29, 2021
On Jon Sundvold: “It was fun playing with someone like him because he was such a great leader.” #Mizzou ⤵️ https://t.co/f6e4wiJIQ6
Other Mizzou Sports
- Kyle Jones was back with another addition of Summer of Swat, checking in on how Mizzou’s baseball players are performing in their summer leagues.
- Welcome to CoMo, Daniel! Mizzou Baseball will take all the good players they can get!
I’m excited to announce I’ve committed to continue my baseball and academic career at the University of Missouri. Thank you to everyone that has made this opportunity possible. @biesersr @EBA_MADE @MizzouBaseball @AdidasAsSTL @WisslerBill pic.twitter.com/NhMsurLb40— Daniel (@Daniel_Wissler) July 29, 2021
- Not entirely sure what this is all about, but I do know that Mizzou Sports Properties, which is part of Learfield Sports IMG, is in charge of all the radio stuff for Mizzou and holds a kickass tailgate, so this is nice!
Property Of the Year!— Mizzou Sports Properties (@MizzouSP) July 29, 2021
Thankful to our partners for their support during this time to come alongside #Mizzou during uncertain times, everyone at @MizzouAthletics and of course all of Mizzou Nation!
Here’s to to a great ‘21-‘22 season!#MIZ pic.twitter.com/6zz6x18YIH
Draft Night/Mizzou in the Pros
- Good luck to our guys, Dru and Tilly! We know they didn’t get drafted Thursday evening, but here’s hoping they latch on to a summer league or G-League.
- Cuonzo Martin, great dude. Dru Smith and Jeremiah Tilmon, also great dudes.
- Gordon Englehardt of the Evansville Courier & Press wrote about Dru Smith’s draft chances, noting that he worked out for both the Kings and the Celtics leading up to the draft.
- From Dave Matter, who earlier on Thursday evening said Jeremiah had worked out for the Lakers recently:
Same for Dru Smith, who had a couple NBA workouts leading up to the draft. ESPN ranks Smith higher than Tilmon at No. 35 among best undrafted prospects.— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) July 30, 2021
Jeremiah Tilmon from Missouri is signing a Summer League deal with the Orlando Magic, a league source told https://t.co/CWUTf0T3P2.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 30, 2021
- Way to go, Tanner! And thanks to former podcast producer Mitch for the tip.
The #RedSox optioned RHP Tanner Houck to Triple-A Worcester following last night’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays.— Red Sox (@RedSox) July 29, 2021
- And finally, RIP to Kentucky’s Terrence Clarke, who tragically died this summer in a car accident after signing his first agency contract with Klutch Sports. Good on the NBA to hold a nice moment for him and his family at the draft on Thursday evening. He had a long, bright career ahead of him.
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