October 31, 2014

If Mizzou cleans up their penalty issues on Saturday, there is no reason why the Tigers shouldn’t be able to run all over Kentucky (Google Hangout)

Missouri Tigers Russell Hansbrough dives into the endzone against the Vanderbilt Commadores in the second quarter at Farout Field in Columbia, Missouri on October 25, 2014.   UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Missouri Tigers Russell Hansbrough dives into the endzone against the Vanderbilt Commadores in the second quarter at Farout Field in Columbia, Missouri on October 25, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Mizzou-Kentucky this Saturday, the Wildcats are much improved in terms of their record at 5-3, but they give up a ton of points in SEC play…they haven’t won on the road yet this year and they give up a bunch of rushing yards.  What a perfect team to help Mizzou snap out of their offensive funk.

So far in SEC play, here’s the total number of points the Wildcats have allowed:  36 to Florida, 38 to South Carolina, 41 to LSU and 45 to Mississippi State. It could mean big days for Russell Hansbrough and Marcus Murphy.   I talked with Shane Bailey of SECSportsRoundTable.com and  he agrees Kentucky can’t stop the run, but they are an improved team.

Mizzou has to cut down the penalties too, those are drive killers. 15 flags last week, many against the offensive line for false starts. Gary Pinkel said its simple…it comes down to focus and discipline.  If the Tigers bring that on Saturday and stay committed to the run, the Tigers could get into the low 30’s for points.

We break down the Wildcats on this Google Hangout.

New season of Mizzou basketball begins with an easy win over William Jewell as the Kim Anderson era gets rolling

The Kim Anderson era is underway at Mizzou (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

The Kim Anderson era is underway at Mizzou (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

The Mizzou men’s basketball team took the court on Wednesday night in the coaching debut of Kim Anderson with a 72-31 victory over William Jewell College.  Point guard Wes Clark had a game-high 14 points and added seven rebounds and three steals to lead the Tigers. In the paint, junior Ryan Rosburg had 13 points and a team-best eight boards. Ten different Tigers scored.

Defensively, Mizzou held William Jewell t0 17% shooting and  took a 30-17 lead into the halftime break.

In the final minutes, Tramaine Isabell hit a three-pointer and scored eight more points to close out the game.  The Tigers will continue exhibition play at Mizzou Arena against UMSL on Nov. 8 and open up the regular season Nov. 14 against UMKC.

“Mr. Mizzou,” John Kadlec dead at 86. Kadlec spent 50 years associated with the university as a player, coach, administrator and broadcaster (AUDIO)

Former University of Missouri football player and assistant football coach John Kadlec, shown in this April 12, 2014 file photo, had died at the age of 86 in Columbia, Missouri on October 29, 2014. A native of St. Louis, Kadlec was recruited by legendary Mizzou Head Coach Don Faurot. He was an all-conference lineman during his time at Mizzou and went on to serve as an assistant football coach under Faurot as well as Frank Broyles, Dan Devine and Al Onofrio.   UPI/FILES/Bill Greenblatt

Former University of Missouri football player and assistant football coach John Kadlec, shown in this April 12, 2014 file photo, had died at the age of 86 in Columbia, Missouri on October 29, 2014. A native of St. Louis, Kadlec was recruited by legendary Mizzou Head Coach Don Faurot. He was an all-conference lineman during his time at Mizzou and went on to serve as an assistant football coach under Faurot as well as Frank Broyles, Dan Devine and Al Onofrio. UPI/FILES/Bill Greenblatt

John Kadlec died early Wednesday morning in Columbia at the age of 86.

He first came to Mizzou from his native St. Louis, Mo. to play football for Hall of Fame Coach Don Faurot in 1947.  After earning his degree from MU, he stayed on as a graduate assistant coach for Faurot, and he coached the freshman team until 1954 when he moved up to varsity, where he served through 1969.  After a stint at Kansas State from 1960-66, Kadlec returned to Mizzou to serve on the staffs of Dan Devine and Al Onofrio, coaching from 1966-77 on the Tiger sideline.

After his coaching days ended, Kadlec returned to Kansas State as Director of Development, before coming home to Mizzou in 1986 as Director of the Tiger Scholarship Fund, and he was a fixture in Columbia ever since in numerous roles for Athletics, most closely associated with fundraising.

In 1995, Kadlec became the color analyst for Mizzou Football games on the Tiger Radio Network as an emergency replacement when the spot came open unexpectedly just days before the season opener.  At the request of former Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione, Kadlec joined Mike Kelly on the call for what he thought would be a one-game stint that ended up lasting 16 seasons in all, until he put down the microphone after the 2010 season.

Kadlec was a 1996 inductee into the MU Athletics Hall of Fame, and in 2005, the grass practice fields behind the Mizzou Athletics Training Complex were named in his honor.

Service information is not yet finalized, but will be passed along as soon as it is available.

Hear a sample of some of John’s more colorful moments on the Tiger Network with Mike Kelly.  (Courtesy/Learfield Sports)

 

Director of Athletics Mike Alden

“John Kadlec was a special person. He was one of those rare people who made everyone feel special. The way he could light up a room was really something to see. He loved Mizzou so much and was such a blessing to those of us who had the good fortune of being part of his life. I worked closely with Coach on many issues over the years, and he never hesitated to be direct, supportive and straightforward. His honesty and candor were his trademarks. I’ll always treasure my time with him and his family. There will never be another person like John Kadlec We will miss him.”

Head Football Coach Gary Pinkel

“Coach was such an amazing man, he was an absolute treasure for anyone who knew him. For me personally, he was someone I could always talk to, he always had some great wisdom to share, and he was always there for me in the toughest times. He was a ball coach, plain and simple, and he loved Mizzou with all he was worth. It’s hard to put into words how much he’ll be missed.”

Mike Kelly, Voice of the Tigers and longtime broadcast partner

“I can’t imagine a more dedicated servant to the University of Missouri than John Kadlec. He was such an impressive man, all the years he devoted to Mizzou and to the football program he loved so much, and the impact he had on the lives of thousands of people, including me, was just amazing. He was a devoted husband, father, and friend to so many. It’s heartbreaking to lose him, but somebody like Kaddy will never be forgotten.”

Story courtesy, Mizzou Athletics

For those of you not interested in the World Series, there’s a Mizzou basketball game going on tonight (VIDEO)

Kim Anderson rounds up the troops at Monday's practice at the Hearnes Center.

Kim Anderson rounds up the troops at Monday’s practice at the Hearnes Center.

Head coach Kim Anderson returns to the Hearnes Center as the Mizzou men’s basketball team plays William Jewell College in an exhibition matchup, with tip-off set for 7 p.m.  Doors to the event open at 5:30 p.m. and admission and parking is free for all fans.

The Tigers enter 2014 seeking their seventh consecutive 20-win season. Mizzou returns two starters in Jonathan Williams III and Ryan Rosburg and welcomes back key contributors Wes Clark and Keanau Post. Post, a 6-foot-11 senior forward, highlighted the annual Black and Gold scrimmage with 14 points and five rebounds. The Tigers scored 42 of their combined 70 points in the paint.

Anderson, a former Mizzou post player himself, will be back on the sidelines at the Hearnes Center. He won 77 games while playing under Tiger legend Norm Stewart from 1973-77. After spending more than a decade at the helm of Central Missouri and capturing last year’s Division II National Championship, Anderson returns to his alma-mater to coach in familiar territory.

Following Wednesday’s contest, the Tigers will wrap up exhibition play at Mizzou Arena Nov. 8 against UMSL and begin the regular season Nov. 14 against UMKC.

Watch and listen as Coach Anderson runs his team through warmups.

Mauk hits Sasser for two second half touchdowns, but the run game helps Mizzou get past Vandy

Vanderbilt Commadores Jahmel McIntosh takes down Missouri Tigers Marcus Murphy by the neck in the fourth quarter at Farout Field in Columbia, Missouri on October 25, 2014.   UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Vanderbilt Commadores Jahmel McIntosh takes down Missouri Tigers Marcus Murphy by the neck in the fourth quarter at Farout Field in Columbia, Missouri on October 25, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Bud Sasser scored two second half touchdowns and Russell Hansbrough added one on the ground on a 4th down play in the second quarter giving Mizzou a 24-14 win over Vanderbilt Saturday at Homecoming.  The win ends a two-game home losing streak.  The two touchdown passes by Mauk are his first two against an SEC opponent this season.

The key to this game early for the Tigers was their ability to run the football. Missouri finished with 385 total yards, as Mauk was just 11 of 23 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns while Marcus Murphy added 93 rushing yards on 16 carries. Hansbrough finished with 87 yards on 19 carries.  Sasser finished with 74 receiving yards, including 13 on a touchdown pass from Mauk with 2:27 left in the third quarter.  That came after a career long 36-yard run by Mauk.

Missouri’s defense held Vandy to just 240 yards of total offense has they started their fourth quarterback this season.  Johnny McCrary completed 17 of 31 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start.

The Tigers were also flagged for 15 penalties.

Tiger Notes:

–Marcus Murphy has 2,632 combined return yards, breaking the school record set by Jeremy Maclin.

–This is the first time Murphy and Russell Hansbrough have both rushed for at least 75 yards in the same game.

–Mauk’s two touchdown passes gives him 27 for his career, moving him to eighth on the all-time list at Missouri.