July 3, 2015

Mizzou Curators approve to step up softball facility, bring big improvements to overall fan enjoyment

An artist's rendering of the new Mizzou softball complex looking north.  Hearnes Center will be west of the new stadium.

An artist’s rendering of the new Mizzou softball complex looking north. Hearnes Center will be west of the new stadium.

When talk of expansion and improvements to all University of Missouri athletic fields and facilities began, with their entrance into the Southeastern Conference, Mizzou softball coach Ehren Earleywine stressed the importance that softball not be left behind.  His first choice was to have a new stadium built in a high visible area.  His wish will come true very soon.

Back in February, the University of Missouri Board of Curators approved a new $16,000,000 Mizzou softball stadium project to be built by Lempka Edson Architects (L+E), Overland Park, Kansas.  The location of the new complex will be located just off Stadium Blvd and east of Hearnes Center.

The project will be funded from $13,500,000 in private gifts and $2,500,000 in debt financing.

The new stadium will provide Mizzou softball fans with a “full-view” concourse and outfield plaza, with 1,500 to 1,700 seats, plus an outfield berm that can accommodate an extra 500 to 1000 spectators.  New MU and commuter parking lots will be redeveloped and will be completed by November of this year.

More seating and better parking arrangements will make getting into the park easier for more fans.  The overflow berm seating in the outfield will also help during events such as regional tournaments, when the park must accommodate fans from three extra teams.  The positioning of the stadium will also keep most of the warmer afternoon sun out of the eyes of spectators.

The new softball stadium should be completed by December of 2016, ready in time for the spring 2017 season.

 

Tim Jamieson brings on new assistant baseball coach at Mizzou with recruiting ties to the south

Jerry Zulli

Jerry Zulli

Mizzou head baseball coach Tim Jamieson named Jerry Zulli as the program’s new assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Zulli (pronounced ZOO-lee) will join Mizzou after an incredibly successful stint as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at South Alabama, where he was the key architect to three top-50 recruiting classes, one 40-win season and two Sun Belt Conference Championships.

“Jerry is a tireless worker and is someone that I think embodies what we take pride in here at Mizzou,” Jamieson said in a press release of Zulli. “When I began to look to fill this position, I leaned on people in the business that I trust and Jerry’s name kept coming up as someone who had a tremendous work ethic and had established so many relationships throughout the southeast in the SEC footprint. He has helped improve programs everywhere he’s been and that is a true testament to his character. He brings great energy and enthusiasm every day and is a man with great family values. We place a great emphasis on player development here at Mizzou, and on top of being a great recruiter, he is a great coach and someone I feel confident will be able to mentor our student-athletes.”

“I’m extremely excited to join the Mizzou baseball program,” Zulli said. “Having an opportunity to join Coach Jamieson’s staff is the opportunity of a lifetime for me. I can’t wait to do my part of helping our student athletes achieve success in the classroom and on the field. The University of Missouri and the entire Mizzou family is one of the most respected nationally and there is not a better time to be at Mizzou than right now. I also want to express my gratitude to South Alabama head coach Mark Calvi for giving me the chance to work at South Alabama and enhance my career.”

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Harold Brantley recovering from surgery, more needed in the coming weeks following one car wreck

Harold Brantley (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Harold Brantley (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

The University of Missouri passed along an update on defensive lineman Harold Brantley, who was involved in a one car wreck on Sunday in Columbia. Brantley is in good condition and recovering following surgery for injuries he sustained.  The prognosis is very good long-term, and he should be able to make a full physical recovery.

The following is from Rex Sharp, Associate Athletic Director for Sports Medicine, and Head Football Athletic Trainer.

·         The injuries sustained in the accident included a fracture in his lower left leg (tibia), which was successfully repaired surgically Sunday night.

·         Brantley also sustained some ligament damage in his left knee which will require surgery at a later date, perhaps within 3-4 weeks…

·         Additionally, Brantley sustained multiple rib fractures and is naturally pretty sore from those.

·         If Brantley continues to progress as scheduled, he will be out of ICU Tuesday and moved into a regular room.

·         It’s too soon to put a timetable on a planned return to football activities.

·         Brantley is receiving healthcare from Mizzou team orthopaedists Dr. Pat Smith and Dr. Jim Stannard, in addition to the healthcare team at University Hospital.

Maddie Stock, a passenger in the vehicle that Brantley was driving was treated for minor injuries on Sunday and released.

Mizzou football player Brantley seriously injured in car wreck. Basketball student-athlete Stock treated for minor injuries

Harold Brantley

Harold Brantley

Missouri football defensive lineman Harold Brantley was seriously injured in a car crash Sunday when his car swerved off the highway and overturned just south of Columbia, Mo.  Missouri women’s basketball player Maddie Stock also was in the car. She was treated for minor injuries.

Both were taken from the scene by ambulance. Neither student-athlete was wearing a seatbelt.

Here’s an update from late Sunday night, according to a University of Missouri athletics spokesperson, Brantley’s injuries are not life threatening.

He is still being treated at University Hospital, as of Monday morning.

Maddie Stock

Maddie Stock

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol accident report, Brantley was the driver of a 2000 Chrysler Concorde when it traveled off the left side of the highway. Brantley overcorrected, the car then slid off the right side of the highway, hit a guardrail and overturned.

Brantley played in 14 games last season and had five sacks and seven tackles for loss.

Stock was a reserve on Robin Pingeton’s basketball squad in all 33 games,  She averaged 3.9 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.

Kickoff times for three more Mizzou football games released.

Mizzou will play at Arkansas State this season.

Mizzou will play at Arkansas State this season.  Kickoff set for 6 p.m. (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

ESPN and the Southeastern Conference announced game times for three more Mizzou football games that were selected to air on the ESPN family of networks. The Sept. 5, season-opener against Southeast Missouri is set for a 3 p.m. CT kick on SEC Network (alternate channel) and Mizzou’s game vs. UConn on Sept. 19 is set for 11 a.m. (CT) on ESPNU. Both non-conference games will be played in Columbia.

Mizzou’s Thursday night game against Mississippi State on Nov. 5 at Memorial Stadium is set for an 8 p.m. CT kick in from of a national ESPN audience.

With the announcement, Mizzou now has five game times confirmed, including the Sept. 12 contest at Arkansas State will air on ESPN3 at 6 p.m. The Battle Line Rivalry at Arkansas will kick at 1:30 p.m. on CBS on Friday, Nov. 27.