May 29, 2015

Michael Sam is ready to be a football player again. Gets a tryout with Montreal and he likes his chances (VIDEO)

Michael Sam knew his time would come with a pro football team. (PHOTOS: Alouettes de Montréal / Rogerio Barbosa)

Michael Sam knew his time would come with a pro football team. (PHOTOS: Alouettes de Montréal / Rogerio Barbosa)

Done with Dancing with the Stars, finished with answering non-football questions, and putting his NFL hopes on hold, former Missouri Tiger and SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Michael Sam, is ready to play football professionally.  His professional dreams may come true north of the border in the Canadian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes.

Sam arrived at camp earlier this week and is ready to prove to coaches that he is not only a good pass rusher, but a hard worker.

“I just want to show them (the coaches) that they got their money’s worth,” Sam said after his first practice.

Sam has a sharp learning curve and he must adapt quickly to the rules of the CFL.  For starters, he’ll be a stand-up pass rusher as opposed to a three or four-point stance he was accustomed to at Missouri and then with the Rams and Cowboys.  In addition to rushing from the two-point, he’ll have to get used to playing a yard off the line of scrimmage.

He’s always been confident that another shot at pro football would come his way.  He considers himself a talented player and he believes he will make the squad.

Watch his post practice Q & A with the Montreal media following Wednesday’s practice.

In other Mizzou/CFL news, Henry Josey was signed by the Toronto Argonauts on May 25th.

Mizzou and Arkansas picked up by CBS Sports with the game played the Friday after Thanksgiving at 1:30 CT

Marcus Murphy scores against Arkansas to clinch the SEC East (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Marcus Murphy scores against Arkansas to clinch the SEC East (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

CBS Sports has selected a handful of Southeastern Conference football games for early television designation, and the two-time defending SEC Eastern Division champion Missouri Tigers will play on Thanksgiving Friday for the second-straight year against Western Division rival Arkansas.

Mizzou (11-3 overall, 7-1 in SEC play in 2014) will play at Arkansas (7-6, 2-6) on Friday, November 27th, with kickoff in Fayetteville set for 1:30 p.m. (central time) on CBS.  Last season, Mizzou clinched the SEC Eastern Division title by knocking off Arkansas, 28-21, in Columbia on the Friday of Thanksgiving week (Nov. 28, 2014).

Another heartbreaking defeat for Mizzou athletics leaves baseball team on the brink of having it’s bubble burst (VIDEO)

Former Northwest Missouri State A.D. hired by Mizzou to work under Mack Rhoades

Wren Baker

Wren Baker

Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades has recruited Wren Baker to join his leadership team at Mizzou, as announced today.  Baker – one-time Athletic Director at Northwest Missouri State – has agreed to become Rhoades’ Deputy Director of Athletics (for External Relations), starting officially on Monday, June 8.  At Mizzou, Baker will oversee all external relations units, and serve as the sport administrator for the men’s basketball program.

Baker, 36, comes to Mizzou from the University of Memphis, where he served as Deputy Director of Athletics/External Affairs from February 2013 to the present.  At Memphis, Baker provided an immediate impact as the department secured the single largest gift in its history under his watch, while launching a $40 million capital campaign.  In addition, suite sales and multi-media rights revenues set a new record and Memphis’ Tiger Scholarship Fund grew in membership and donations all in his first year.

Prior to joining Memphis, Baker was Director of Athletics at Northwest Missouri State, where he directed one of the nation’s top Division II athletic programs from February 2011-February 2013.  Prior to his time at Northwest, he was the first-ever Director of Athletics at Rogers State University in Claremore, Okla., spending five years overseeing the growth of a start-up department into a very successful comprehensive program.

“We are very excited Wren is becoming a member of our team,” said Rhoades.  He is regarded as one of the up-and-coming administrators in the nation and has established an impressive track record of success at every stop of his career path.  Throughout his career, Wren has demonstrated terrific work ethic, the ability to genuinely connect with people and uncompromising integrity.  He is a high-energy person who will provide great passion and leadership for our student-athletes, coaches and staff.  We are thrilled Wren, his wife Heather and two daughters, Addisyn and Reagan are joining the Mizzou Athletics family,” said Rhoades.

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Anderson adds more scoring with addition of an Indiana guard to solid 2015 signing class

Mizzou Men’s Basketball head coach Kim Anderson has announced the signing of 6-3 guard K.J. Walton, a shooting guard who starred for Brownsburg High School outside of Indianapolis, IN.  Walton averaged 19.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game during his standout senior season in 2014-15. Walton helped lead Brownsburg head coach Steve Lynch’s squad to back-to-back sectional titles, along with a 21-7 record and regional championship game appearance as a senior.

“We are excited to add K.J. to our Mizzou Basketball family,” Anderson said. “He is an outstanding athlete who has the ability to score from multiple guard positions. In addition, he has the potential to be an elite wing defender. Playing for Coach Steve Lynch at Brownsburg High School, he comes from a winning program. We look forward to having him in a Tiger uniform next season.”

Walton was named to the IndyStar Indiana All-Star Team after the conclusion of his final Brownsburg campaign. He shot 44.0-percent from the field for the Bulldogs this last season.

“Coach Anderson and his coaching staff really stood out to me,” Walton said. “They were great during the recruiting process and helped show me what Mizzou will offer me for a college experience. The atmosphere at the school is one-of-a-kind and has me really excited to get there.”

Walton joins Mizzou’s 2015 recruiting class, currently consisting of: 6-2 guard Martavian Payne (St. Louis, Mo.), 5-11 guard Terrence Phillips (Orange County, Calif.), 6-7 forward Kevin Puryear (Blue Springs, Mo.), 6-4 guard Cullen VanLeer (Pacific, Mo.) and 6-8 forward Russell Woods (Chicago, Ill.).

Story courtesy, Mizzou Athletics