Meanwhile, Kim Anderson was in Kansas City last night ... hope he got back to Columbia before the storms hit.
Mike's back in Montreal
Sam left the Alouettes during training camp after signing a two-year contract with the team before the start of the season. While citing personal reasons for his departure, there was no indication of whether or not he'd be returning to the CFL.
The Als placed Sam on their suspended list to retain his rights in case he returns.
Alouettes general manager Jim Popp remained supportive of Sam after his decision to leave, extending an open welcome to return -- but also cautioned that the former NFL draft pick's career may be over if he doesn't return. He added that he was very surprised by the sudden turn of events and that he wouldn't be shocked if Sam does choose to return.
And speaking of 2013 Tigers...
St. Louis Rams
Cornerback E.J. Gaines: Gaines started 15 games as a rookie last season, playing both outside and in the slot. He was their best corner, outplaying the gambling Janoris Jenkins. Gaines was consistent in both the run game and, more importantly, against the pass. He was a steal as a sixth-round pick.
#Stubble Field renderings look sharp
Jamieson's officially got a full staff again
Zulli brings to Mizzou the reputation of being a tireless recruiter. In three of his four seasons at South Alabama, he put together top-50 recruiting classes, including a 2013 recruiting class that ranked 29th overall by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. That class was a key contributor to last season’s South Alabama team that won 37 games and the Sun Belt Conference Championship, the program’s second in three years. He has forged recruiting ties all across the SEC footprint after assistant coaching stints at South Alabama, Memphis and Middle Georgia College and routinely turned in top-rated recruiting classes despite battling SEC schools for the same prospects. His reputation as a diligent recruiter will undoubtedly help Mizzou continue to compete in the SEC as he will serve in the same role.
A hitting coach by nature, Zulli’s track record for producing incredible offensive teams speaks for itself. In his first season at South Alabama, Zulli’s offense led the Sun Belt Conference in batting, slugging, on-base percentage, runs scored, RBI, total bases and hits during league games. He coached the 2013 Sun Belt Player of the Year in utility man Jordan Patterson and saw five of his hitters earn all-conference that season, as well. In 2013, the Jaguars finished as Co-Champions of the Sun Belt Conference at 43-20 overall (20-10 in league play) while advancing to NCAA Regional play for the first time since 2006. During his four years at South Alabama, Zulli saw nine of his hitters earn All-Sun Belt Conference honors and he coached one conference player of the year, one All-American and one Freshman All-American.