WE HAVE ANOTHER GAME ON THE SCHEDULE!
A day after we learn that Missouri will open its season against Southern Indiana on November 7, Jon Rothstein reported that Mizzou will face Central Florida in the 2022 Orange Bowl Classic in Miami on December 17. The Knights went 18-12 last season and missed the NCAA Tournament. Missouri is 2-0 all time vs. UCF; they won both games under Cuonzo Martin in 2017 and 2018.
NEWS: Missouri will play UCF on 12/17 in the 2022 Orange Bowl Classic, according to multiple sources.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 7, 2022
St. John's/Florida State is the other game of the doubleheader.https://t.co/rUlCKshgSg
With what we know currently about the schedule, it seems that Missouri still has about 7-8 games yet to be announced. And here’s hoping that unfortunate L*b*rty game just kinda... evaporates from the schedule.
Additionally, Sam started his yearly exercise of asking the twitterverse who fans think are top 8 minutes-getters of the new squad What say you, Tiger fans? I believe he’s tallying votes for a weekend post, so make sure you tag @SamTSnelling in your responses on twitter.
Your candidates:— Sam Snelling (@SamTSnelling) July 7, 2022
Let’s check in with how some of the Rock M staffers voted, shall we?
- Aaron: Mosley | Hodge | Kobe | Carter | Diarra | Gomillion | Shaw | East | DeGray
- Matt W: Mosley | Kobe | Honor | Carter | Hodge | East | Gomillion | Shaw | Diarra | DeGray | Gholston (this is more than 8, Watkins)
- Matt H: Honor | Kobe | Mosely | Carter | Hodge | East | Shaw | Gomillion
On to the links!
Yesterday at Rock M:
- A new Dive Cuts hit your ear holes, and Sam T Snelling & Matthew J Harris are talking about a commitment, recruiting and conference realignment.
- Nate tallied up the results of the poll, which last week asked, “Who will be the Tiger’s QB1 this season?” It was a blowout. Read and find out.
- IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Writers of the Rock M Roundtable met and discussed all things SEC hoops, while Nate infuriated the masses (but not the commentariat) with his discussion of super conferences, and Mizzou’s shaky place in it.
- Another day, another newcomer profile at PowerMizzou. This time, Mitchell is looking at Auburn DL transfer, Ian Matthews. Wednesday, it was KCMO native, DL Jalen Marshall.
- I spy with my little eye, a couple Tigers on this list of breakout wide receivers.
Breakout WRs to watch for in 2022 pic.twitter.com/JLeHl9pJPb— NCAAF Nation (@NCAAFNation247) July 6, 2022
- Obviously, it’s Luther.
- PowerMizzou is running a Q&A with each newcomer of the new squad. Wednesday it was Milwaukee transfer, DeAndre Gholston. Thursday it was D’Moi Hodge. Read ‘em!
- Matt Harris kept an eye on the EYBL games on Thursday. You can check out his twitter feed for plenty of info, but here’s the latest on new Mizzou commit Anthony Robinson. He had 21 points on 7-of-14 shooting and added four rebounds and three assists. He also had two blocked shots on one defensive possession, which forced a shot clock violation.
Defensively, he can sit down and slide with almost any perimeter player. Issues arise when he gambles to create takeaways. But his length also shows up when walling up against some drivers and winning 50-50 rebounds on the defensive glass.— Matt Harris (@MattJHarris85) July 8, 2022
- And in extremely early scheduling news, the Tigers have signed a contract to play in the 2023 (!) Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City. It will take place in mid-November approximately 16 months and 2 weeks from now. According to the Tribune’s Matt Stahl, the Tigers last played in the event under the leadership of Cuonzo Martin in 2019, where they lost in the consolation game to future SEC opponent, Oklahoma.
- Check out Sean East’s recent post on IG.
- Good luck, Mama!
Other Mizzou Sports
- #ChessSchool! Missouri chess phenom Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova (I copy/pasted that name) is going to be on the US Olympiad team! She is currently the 6th best player in the United States, and will be a part of the women’s team. Their FIDE ranking (no idea what that means) puts them among the top 12 teams competing in the event. From their site:
After postponements due to COVID, the 44th FIDE Olympiad takes place in Chennai, India from July 28 – August 10, 2022. The event, originally scheduled to take place in Russia, was relocated by FIDE following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Having earned the silver medal in 2018 after going gold in the Olympiad prior, the United States has assembled two teams of top talent, eager to leverage their massive skill to regain the top prize against more than 100 teams from around the world.
- Mizzou Soccer welcomes 11 (!!) newcomers this season, including 10 freshmen and a transfer. According to MUTigers.com, they come from 8 different states, including Missouri (2), Texas (2), and Illinois (2), as well as Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and California (though she’s originally from KCMO). The staff is out recruiting this weekend, per HC Stefanie Dolan’s twitter.
- Jenna Laird’s dad shared this on twitter. Awesome! It looks like Jenna has also been involved in some coaching this summer as well. Love that she’s able to make some money doing this sort of thing.
How awesome is this!!!Jenna working alongside KB who she idolized and still does!! pic.twitter.com/HKLqdPe00T— James Laird (@james_laird70) July 5, 2022
- Check out this TigerStyle wrestling preview from YouTube. In the video, he discusses backups as well as some incoming recruits to keep an eye on.
Conference Realignment Armageddon/NIL Anniversary
- From Braden Keith, an unlikely source, considering he runs SwimSwam News, a site I am familiar with. Regardless, Keith comes at it from a swimming powerhouse angle, and this is eye-opening if it ends up being true. From his article:
According to the source, money is a major factor along with recruiting clashes. Florida reportedly doesn’t want Miami to join, Tennessee doesn’t want UNC, and Kentucky doesn’t want Louisville. Louisville brings in the second-most revenue among ACC schools. Miami’s revenue isn’t public, but it’s estimated that they are near the top as well — plus they bring a hometown team in a huge market.
SOURCE: North Carolina, Florida State, Clemson, and Virginia are all negotiating to join the SEC. ESPN is trying to void their TV deal with the ACC.— Braden Keith (@Braden_Keith) July 7, 2022
- Dustin Lewis of SI.com also entertained the idea of Florida State joining the SEC in his article, as well as Miami, Clemson, and North Carolina in the SEC’s quest to have a 20-team conference. THAT’S TOO MANY!!!!
- The Missourian/AP Sports Desk Editor & Mizzou grad Erica Hunzinger shared an article about the one year anniversary of NIL, and how things are going. They look at who’s getting the money, which gender is excelling, which sports are doing well, etc. Interesting stuff.
Mizzou in the Pros/Former Mizzou Staff stuff
- Sophie Cunningham got off to a h-o-t hot start on Thursday evening with the Phoenix Mercury against the NY Liberty. She had 17 points in the first quarter alone and 19 at the half on 8-10 shooting (3-5 from three) in 17 minutes. In the win, Soph played 34 minutes (she continues to be a starter), and had 23 points on 10-15 shooting (3-8 from three). She also had 5 REB (def), 1 AST, 1 STL, 0 TO, and 2 PF. She was +5.
- Former Tiger Brian Grawer visited The Big Sports Show on Wednesday night to talk about the upcoming Alumni Game, his career, and a bunch of other stuff.
- NBA Summer League is kicking off in Vegas this week! First up was the Orlando Magic (Tilly), who played at 9pm on ESPN. The Nuggets (Jontay) will play tonight at 8pm on ESPN3. The Miami Heat (Dru) will play on Saturday at 4:30pm on ESPN3.
As of the fourth quarter, Tilly had yet to enter the game for the Magic. :( sad face
- Poor Drew. LOL
Billy, this is Drew Lock. He throws a better ball than any QB in the NFL.— Jarad Evans (@PFF_Jarad) July 6, 2022
His defect is that he never knows where the ball is going. pic.twitter.com/J0tW8G4aLR
- ESPN’s Alexa Philippou looked at which WNBA players will lead the league into the next generation. It’s a really well done article, and mentions Mizzou’s own Sophie Cunningham in consideration for the 3-point contest crown at the W’s all-star game.
- Former Mizzou Football coach Derek Dooley has settled his lawsuit for an undisclosed sum with the University of Missouri. According to ABC17’s Matthew Sanders & Lucas Geisler:
A clause in Dooley’s contract requires the school to pay out the rest of the money owed to him under their agreement in monthly installments, “but in no event to exceed 12 months.” Dooley’s lawsuit said the school had not made such payments, even after Dooley requested them.
- DRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU is back! (I’m sorry, but that’s how you say his name, so this spelling is appropriate)
Heat added guard Dru Smith to their summer league roster. He was with the team in training camp last year, and then their G league affiliate.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) July 7, 2022
- We miss you too, Cassidy!
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