Players coming, players going
Okay, busy day in the Future Roster department.
1. Tyler Howell signed again. The towering JUCO lineman who signed in 2015 but couldn't quite qualify has taken care of his schoolwork and will (in theory) enroll in January as a ... redshirt junior, I think?
Here's Howell's Hudl film, if you need a refresher.
2. Ca'Ron Baham decommitted. As mentioned yesterday. The Louisiana athlete appeared on the verge of doing so for a while and made it official on Wednesday.
3. Mackenzie Nworah decommitted. I noted earlier this week that Nworah had already taken visits to other schools and planned more, so he kind of already had decommitted. But he still released this last night.
We're never going to find out specifically why Barry Odom walked in the door and almost immediately offered East St. Louis' Trevour Simms when the previous staff had not. But the evidence was certainly there that Nworah would not end up as a Tiger (and that Trystan Castillo was going to re-weigh his options as well), so that might have played a role. Two linemen in, one lineman out.
At the beginning of the week, I was thinking that recruiting news would slow while assistant coach hire news would pick up. I ... was incorrect. I thought we'd at least get semi-confirmation about the offensive coordinator position, but at this point you have to wonder if we're going to hear anything before Utah State's bowl game. The Aggies play next Tuesday, and ... we might hear something about Josh Heupel after that? Hell if I know. I'm done guessing*.
* I'm not done guessing, and we both know it.
Award Season, all-sports edition
The National Mid-Missouri Missouri Beat Writers Association of America named Tigers senior safety Ian Simon the winner of its prestigious Award for Media Tolerance on Wednesday.
The AMT is given annually to the Missouri player who is consistently the most cordial, patient and informative with the team’s beat writers. An 11-member panel voted on the award. [...]
Off the field, Simon was one of the main proponents of the Tigers’ leadership training session with the Missouri Army National Guard at Camp Clark in Nevada in June, as well as taking a leading role in campus activism as one of the four main conduits to the Concerned Student 1950 protest group during the football team’s boycott in early November.
Need a better hashtag there.
Hey, better than the opposite...
*wipes dust off hands* SO THAT'S THAT THEN
WE WILL NEVER TALK POLITICS ON THIS SITE AGAIN*
* Until some other politician does something very similar in the future.
By the way, SI's Doug Farrar, an old Football Outsiders colleague of mine, went into detail about how AFL players stood up for civil rights in 1965. It's a good enough read that it might be worth the pop-up ads and auto-play videos (and that SI thing where they basically combine about eight different posts into one enormous post ... the AFL part is about two-thirds of the way down the page).