February 13, 2016

Meet the #Mizzou coaches. Odom and his staff have a “meet and greet” set for Monday Feb. 15 in Columbia (VIDEO)

The University of Missouri has hired Barry Odom as their new head football coach, announced in Columbia, Missouri on December 3, 2015. Odom, 39, played his college football at Mizzou and has been the current defensive coordinator for the past year. Odom will take over for Gary Pinkel, who is stepping down after being diagnosed with lymphoma in May. Photo by University of Missouri/UPI

Barry Odom  (Photo by University of Missouri/UPI)

The Tiger Quarterback Club, in conjunction with Mizzou Athletics, invites all Mizzou Football fans to join them for “A Columbia Welcome for the Mizzou Football Staff,” to be held Feb. 15th at 5:30 p.m. at the Peachtree Banquet Center (120 E. Nifong Blvd.).

Head Coach Barry Odom and his brand new coaching staff will be on hand to meet and greet Tiger fans beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m.  A formal program will take place at 6:30, where a panel discussion will be held with each coach and emcee Matt Michaels of KTGR Radio/Zimmer Radio Group.  Michaels will lead a discussion to further introduce fans to the new staff and to give them a chance to discuss all things related to the football program.

There will be a cash bar and light appetizers available during the event.  Cost for admittance is $10 per adult, with 18-and-under free.  Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to the Tiger Scholarship Fund office via e-mail at TSFEvents@Missouri.edu.

Mizzou Coach Loos looking at the big picture ahead of Saturday’s #RallyForRhyan Game (AUDIO)

Mizzou coach Brad Loos talks about his daughter Rhyan

Mizzou coach Brad Loos talks about his daughter Rhyan

Fans will be offered free general admission with a cash donation of any amount for the Mizzou Men’s Basketball’s on Saturday, Feb. 13, with Tennessee (2 p.m.)…the first-ever Rally For Rhyan Game. The event is to raise awareness for pediatric cancer in support of assistant coach Brad Loos’ five-year old daughter, Rhyan, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in October.

Already slated as Mizzou’s Gold Rush Game, head coach Kim Anderson’s Tigers will now wear Gold in support of the cause.

“Our family is so incredibly thankful for the support and well wishes Rhyan has received,” Brad Loos said. “Now there is an amazing opportunity for us to bring about positive change. Pediatric cancer research is underfunded, and we can certainly do something to help. I hope Mizzou fans will take this chance to rally behind Rhyan and this cause and show their support on Feb. 13.”

Assistant coach Brad Loos talks about his daugther Rhyan’s fight with cancer.

“Pediatric cancer is underfunded, its under-supported.  There’s a big group of kids who unfortunately aren’t getting their due diligence,” says Loos

Fans in attendance will have the opportunity to learn more about Rhyan Loos’ story and how to get involved in supporting the fight against pediatric cancer.

Fans are encouraged to wear Gold, as well, with a special opportunity to support the RallyForRhyan campaign available through the Tiger Team Store. Fans can purchase specially-produced RallyForRhyan Gold t-shirts for $15, with all sale proceeds donated to support pediatric cancer research.

Donations for general admission gain fans access to upper deck seating and the student section.

Mizzou women pick up first ever win at home over Alabama

Mizzou Women’s basketball (19-6, 6-6) pulled away late to defeat Alabama (14-11, 3-9) 63-52 Thursday night at Mizzou Arena.

Sierra Michaelis  led the Tigers with 14 points and four 3-pointers. Sophie Cunningham added 12 points to become the second-highest scoring freshman in program history.

The Tigers ended the game on a 20-8 run to close out the Crimson Tide or their first ever win over Bama at Mizzou Arena.

The Tigers bench outscored the Alabama bench 28-6, led by redshirt sophomore Kayla McDowell who 11 points while shooting a perfect 5-for-5.

Mizzou will return to the hardwood on Sunday, Feb. 14 as they host rival Arkansas at 2 p.m.

#Mizzou players Boehm, Brothers and McGovern earn #NFL Combine invites.

Evan Boehm celebrates the Tigers, SEC East clinching victory over Texas A & M (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Evan Boehm will join two others in a trip to Indy for the NFL Combine (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Three former Missouri Tiger football players earned invites to the NFL Combine this month.  Offensive linemen Evan Boehm and Connor McGovern along with linebacker Kentrell Brothers will make the trip to Indianapolis.  The Combine will run from Feb. 23-29th.

What the NFL is saying about each player:

Evan Boehm–One of the top offensive line recruits in the country coming out of high school, Boehm stepped right onto the field for the Tigers in 2012 — and hasn’t left the lineup since. He started 52 straight games for head coach Gary Pinkel, playing freshman year at left guard and then three straight years in the pivot. Boehm is a thick interior lineman who has a strong anchor and can move his feet well for the position, portending a long NFL career.

Bill’s take–Definite NFL material and has the best potential to start right away.

Connor McGovern–One of the strongest players in college football, McGovern has broken weight room records at Mizzou (like a 690-pound squat) and actually tore his pectoral muscle trying to bench 515 pounds. The Gatorade High School Player of the Year in North Dakota in 2010, McGovern’s not just all muscle. He’s started for three years at right guard, right tackle, and then left tackle as a senior. Though McGovern was solid for the Tigers at tackle, scouts consider him a better interior prospect due to that strength and his underrated movement skills. He hopes to move up boards throughout the process, just like his teammate, Mitch Morse, who was picked in the mid-second round by Kansas City in the 2015 draft.

Bill’s take–May be one of the strongest players, but has sloppy technique, called for way too many penalties and oh yeah…he can’t block.

Kentrell Brothers–Undersized for an inside ‘backer (a potential factor in the lack of interest by major programs in his home state of Oklahoma), Brothers recognizes plays quickly, works his way through traffic, and flows down the line very effectively as a run-stopper. His junior year was impressive (122 total tackles as a second-team All-SEC pick in 2014), but leading the nation in tackles per game (12.7, 152 total), making more plays in the backfield (12 tackles for loss) and proving himself able to make plays against the pass (two interceptions) and on special teams (three blocked kicks) made him an easy second-team All-American pick by the Associated Press and USA Today for 2015.

Bill’s take–Thought he was overlooked in college and will be overlooked in the NFL.  He’ll be drafted, but will have to work for every second of playing time he gets.

Rosburg finally finding his groove in the final ten games of his college career

Ryan Rosburg fights for a rebound (photo/Vandy Athletics)

Ryan Rosburg fights for a rebound (photo/Vandy Athletics)

This past week, Mizzou men’s basketball coach Kim Anderson has been complimentary of the attitude and effort that he has seen from senior Ryan Rosburg from the day he arrived on campus to lead this team.  As Rosburg’s playing career comes to a close at Missouri, the team is finally seeing the results on the score sheet.

After reaching a career high of just 15 points against Alabama on Saturday, Rosburg set another career mark Wednesday night at Vanderbilt by scoring 24 points on 9-of-18 shooting.  Rosburg also recorded his first career double-double with 11 rebounds in the Tigers 86-71 loss to the Commodores.

Anderson was impressed with how hard Rosburg was going to the basket in what was a physical game.

Unfortunately, the Tigers go off to another slow start.  Mizzou made just one of their first nine shots, including two misses from Rosburg.  The Tigers also turned the ball over three straight possession as the Tigers fell behind 15-2 in the first seven minutes of the game.  Over the next four minutes, the Tigers would pull to within eight on two different occasions, but never put up much of a fight and never threatened Vandy.

“You gotta be able to make shots,” Anderson said as four guards combined for 7-of-25 shooting.

The Tigers fall to 1-10 in the SEC.