April 23, 2014

Mizzou baseball picks up first win at Kauffman Stadium on a walk-off single in the 10th to get past Shockers

Mizzou baseball vs. Wichita State. (photo/Mizzou athletics)

Mizzou baseball vs. Wichita State. (photo/Mizzou athletics)

Dillon Everett lined a single down the right field line scoring the game winning run in the bottom of the tenth inning to give the Missouri Tigers (18-21) their first win ever inside Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium. The Tigers beat Wichita State 5-4 Tuesday night.

The win also snapped a five-game, extra inning losing streak and it was the Tigers’ first walk-off win since March of 2012.

Everett finished with two RBIs for Mizzou who had nine hits on the night. Everett, Logan Pearson, and Dylan Kelly each had two hit nights. Pearson scored the winning run.

Alec Rash made his first start since April 30, 2013 against SEMO and went four innings, allowing three earned runs and striking out four.

Down 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth, Mizzou loaded the bases with no outs and Kelly singled to left to score a run to tie the game, after a wild pitch scored the first run of the inning. A sacrifice fly then put Mizzou on top 4-3 after six. Wichita State answered with a run in the eighth to tie the game.

The Tigers head to St. Louis on Wednesday (April 23) to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini in Busch Stadium at 6:30 p.m.

Kim Anderson would make a good fit for Mizzou basketball. School must embrace the past in order to move forward (VIDEO)

Kim Anderson has built and continued a successful basketball program at Central Missouri (photo/UCM Athletics)

Is it time for Kim Anderson to start cutting down nets at Mizzou? (photo/UCM Athletics)

Missouri athletics has struggled in three areas that pertain to basketball. One…finding a coach who is willing to stick around longer than three years. Two…getting in-state players to play for the Tigers. Three…getting fans excited enough to come watch. One coach could help in all three areas. That’s Central Missouri men’s basketball coach Kim Anderson.

Some of the concerns people will throw out there is that he is 59 years old. How long will he be willing to do this? Even if he retires at 63, his shelf life at Mizzou was the same as Mike Anderson and Haith. Anderson is only a Division-II coach. That shouldn’t worry Mizzou. Anderson is a proven winner who doesn’t carry a lot of baggage and he has a keen eye for finding talent and coaching talent. Missouri’s best move is to embrace it’s past so they can build on the future.

I explain more in today’s Missourinet Mornings Video.

Outgoing quarterback shows his appreciation towards Mizzou with an open letter to coaches, teammates and fans via Twitter

Trent Hosick

Trent Hosick

Redshirt freshman quarterback Trent Hosick, from Staley High School in Kansas City, is transferring from Mizzou with a log jam at that position. He took to twitter to thank Coach Gary Pinkel and wish the team the luck as he pursues other opportunities to win a starting job. Hosick was 4 of 9 for 107 yards and a touchdown in the Black and Gold Game, this past Saturday.

Hosick was listed fourth on the depth chart behind projected starter Maty Mauk, junior Corbin Berkstresser and fellow redshirt freshman Eddie Prinz.  With incoming freshman Marvin Zanders showing some of his abilities on Saturday, Hosick found himself the odd-man out.

In his letter, Hosick said via Twitter, “A scholarship for the chance to pursue a lifelong dream is truly a blessing. I want to give a public thank you to Coach Pinkel for being a wonderful leader, a thank you to my teammates that I will miss, and a thank you to MIZZOU fans for supporting us.”

MU Athletic Director confirms Frank Haith departure, Haith talks to ESPN

The University of Missouri’s athletic director says basketball coach Frank Haith has taken the job of head coach at Tulsa and will be announced in a news conference at 1.

Mike Alden says Haith informed him of his decision in a text message this morning. MU assistant Tim Fuller will serve as interim coach but Alden hasn’t revealed candidates for a permanent replacement.

Haith was due to make $1.7-million for the 2013-14 season. His contract at MU was to have run through the 2016-17 season, and he will owe the University $500,000 for terminating that deal early.

ESPN reports Haith has been given a seven-year contract at Tulsa that will pay an average of $1.85-million a year. Haith also told ESPN he would take his Missouri staff with him, though one assistant was said to be pursuing another job and so might not go to Tulsa.

Haith tells ESPN he was attracted in part by the fact that the national champion came out of the American Athletic Conference, where Tulsa is moving next season.

“This has been a great basketball job at Tulsa with a great tradition with Tubby Smith, Nolan Richardson and most recently with Danny Manning,” Haith told ESPN. “There is great leadership here at Tulsa and they are showing a great commitment.”

This will be the third time Haith has guided a team through transition between conferences, first when the University of Miami moved from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference and then when the Tigers went from the Big 12 to the Southeastern Conference.

Haith reportedly close to leaving MU for Tulsa job

It appears Frank Haith is on the way out as Mizzou head basketball coach.

Frank Haith

Frank Haith

Haith is reportedly in negotiations to become the head basketball coach at Tulsa. ESPN.com is citing one unnamed source as saying that Haith has verbally agreed to the Tulsa job and that he is traveling to Tulsa to finalize the deal.

Haith just finished his third season at Missouri in which it missed the NCAA tournament despite a talented roster. His is also one of the Mizzou athletic programs that has suffered off-the-playing-surface problems lately with the arrest and dismissal of Louisville transfer Zach Price.

Haith is believed to have 3 years left on his contract at Mizzou, at $1.5-million a year. CBSSports.com cites sources as saying Tulsa is willing to pay him more than $1-million.