Harold Brantley in uniform! Sort of!
ABC 17 reported Wednesday that the Mizzou Team Store is no longer selling "Whiteout" shirts for the BYU game. The store did not give a reason, but it's a fairly logical step to surmise that it's a product of the racial tensions that have beset the campus lately, culminating in the resignation of University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe at the behest of student protest group Concerned Student 1950 just two days after members of the football team first publicly shared their solidarity with graduate student Jonathan Butler, who was on a hunger strike until Wolfe was out of office. The players, too, said they would not play until Butler's strike was over.
Anyway, even though the shirts are apparently not on sale anymore, the "Whiteout" theme persists. As does the "Blackout" theme for the Tennessee game next week and, the release states, Missouri will wear all-black uniforms against the Volunteers for their last home game of the season, on senior night.
Honestly, I was surprised that the team stuck with the Whiteout theme after all the race-related issues of this week ... but if the team's okay with it, I have no idea why anybody else wouldn't be.
Also: those are pretty damn awesome jerseys. I liked them about 10000% more than I expected to.
PM: With three running backs with at least 35 carries, how are those touches distributed? Do any of those four tailbacks have specific roles?
JC: All of BYU's running backs have missed games due to injuries, so it's mostly about which ones are healthy. Algernon Brown and Francis Bernard have been the Cougars' most reliable running backs the past month. They are similar in style - both are bruising backs that like contact. Adam Hine was BYU's top running back until he suffered an ankle injury in the Michigan game. He returned last week, but it's clear he's still not at full strength. Another talented back, freshman Riley Burt, is speed and shifty, but he has been out due to a hamstring injury.
1 day to BYU, 0 days to Wofford
It’s easy to understand how the Tigers fell to where they are today: an overwhelming pick to finish last in the SEC in a preseason media poll.
Yet Clark never considered making a move in search of something better.
"I’ve just never been a person to give up," he said. "So no matter if things are going bad, going good, I’m going to stick it out and find a way to build."
Some of those nearest to him say it’s never occurred to Clark that he won’t.
"He’ll stick through and fight and then just outwork you and beat the odds," said his older brother, Girard Johnson.
A tremendous read on a pretty unique dude.
MUtigers.com: @MizzouWBB Signs Chavis to National Letter of Intent
And more ripples
"I think they have a real sense now of the power they can wield," Ramogi Huma, former UCLA linebacker and executive director of the National College Players Association, told the Associated Press. "What happened at Missouri is that athletes who train and prepare and love to play demonstrated a willingness to sacrifice to advance a larger cause. In their case, it was to fight against racism.
"Now the question becomes will players prove willing to do the same to address unjust NCAA rules? To fight for better medical coverage? Or more just compensation?"