April 18, 2014

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.

Mizzou’s Bri Kulas becomes the seventh Tiger to ever be drafted in the WNBA. Kulas goes in the third round

Bri Kulas (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Bri Kulas (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Mizzou senior forward Bri Kulas was picked by the San Antonio Stars in the third round of the WNBA Draft, as the the 28th overall pick, making her the seventh Tiger in program history to be chosen in the draft and first since Christine Flores in 2012.

Kulas joins former Tigers Christine Flores (Phoenix Mercury, 2012), LaToya Bond (Charlotte Sting, 2006), Christelle N’Garsanet (New York Liberty, 2006), Evan Unrau (Washington Mystics, 2004), Amanda Lassiter (Houston Comets, 2001; currently with the Chicago Sky), and Marlena Williams (Indiana Fever, 2001), among Mizzou’s seven all-time WNBA draft selections.

Kulas averaged a team-leading 18.3 points per game her senior season on 43.5-percent shooting and was a first-team All-SEC selection. In just two years as a Tiger, Kulas surpassed 1,000 points, becoming the 32nd Tiger to reach the mark.

Mizzou baseball’s Anderson named SEC player of the week for not only his hitting, but pitching too

Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson

Mizzou Baseball senior Eric Anderson (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) was named SEC Player of the Week. Anderson hit and pitched his way to the honor in a series win at No. 15 Kentucky.

Anderson hit .444 while slugging .778 and reaching base at a .500 clip. He drove in a team-high six runs on the week while scoring two more with a double, triple and homer. He hit .571 with runners in scoring position.

In a start on Sunday, he held the SEC’s top offense to just three runs over 7.0 innings while striking out 10 and walking just one. He became the first Tiger to fan at least 10 batters in back-to-back starts since March of last season when second-round MLB Draft pick Rob Zastryzny accomplished the same feat.

Anderson and the Tigers will close out a home-and-home series with Missouri State tomorrow night at Hammons Field in Springfield at 6:35 p.m. The Tigers then welcome Mississippi State to Taylor Stadium for a three-game SEC series this weekend. .

Mizzou Softball’s Schkade Earns SEC Freshman of the Week as the Tigers finish the week with a perfect 5-0 record.

Kelli Schkade

Kelli Schkade

Freshman IF/OF Kelli Schkade earned Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week helping Mizzou in a series sweeping, 7-6 win at No. 20 Auburn on Sunday.  Schkade hit a solo home run to left center field with two outs in the top of the seventh inning to put Mizzou up 7-5.

The home run added to her 6-for-16 (.375) week to help Mizzou record a perfect 5-0 record, which included two wins over Western Illinois (April 9) and the road sweep of Auburn (April 11-13). The midweek doubleheader vs. WIU included a superb performance by Schkade, as she went 3-for-4 at the plate with a single, double and triple in the 5-0 nightcap win. The outing was one of Mizzou’s latest individual efforts of three-plus hits in a game, with the squad’s season total currently at 21. The Tigers had 18 such performances in the entire 2013 season.

Mizzou is back in action in a midweek doubleheader at Iowa on Wednesday, April 16, with 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. start times. The Tigers return home for more SEC action with Ole Miss from Friday, April 18-Saturday April 19. Mizzou and the Rebels play a doubleheader on Friday (5 p.m./7 p.m.), before a 2 p.m. series finale on Saturday.

 

Pinkel made the right decision in the handling of DGB. He answers questions about his swift response (AUDIO)

Mizzou

Mizzou

The Mizzou Football team held its second major scrimmage of spring camp this weekend at Faurot Field, but much of the focus for head coach Gary Pinkel, after the scrimmage, was answering questions on how he handled the dismissal of Dorial Green-Beckham and what happens to the team as a result.

Two main points of emphasis that Pinkel pointed out.  The first is making sure Green-Beckham gets the help he needs.  Pinkel said he loves him and feels a fresh start may help him acheive his future goals (the NFL).  The second point was Pinkel saying he needs to make sure the integrity of the football program remains intact.

AUDIO Gary Pinkel comments on DGB (5:45)

As far as the scrimmage, it was another close battle between the offense and defense, with sophomore CB Aarion Penton intercepting a pass at the goal line to end things, and give the defense an 18-16 win.

Mizzou holds their final two practices on Tuesday and Thursday before the Black & Gold Spring Game on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

Defense 18, Offense 16

Scoring Plays
Marcus Murphy 9 run
Murphy 9 run
Murphy 3 run
Passing
Maty Mauk – 16-of-26, 153 yds
Corbin Berkstresser – 13-of-22, 110 yds, 2 INTs
Eddie Printz – 8-of-17, 74 yds
Trent Hosick – 4-of-9, 38 yds
Marvin Zanders – 0-of-1, 0 yds
Rushing
Marcus Murphy – 9-58, 3 TDs
Russell Hansbrough – 7-40
Miles Drummond – 10-34
Morgan Steward – 7-26
Maty Mauk – 1-19
Marvin Zanders – 3-18
Andrew Stevens – 5-11
Trent Hosick – 3-11
Steven Blakley – 3-(-1)
Receiving
J’Mon Moore – 7-58
Eric Laurent – 6-66
Bud Sasser – 5-55
Jimmie Hunt – 4-54
Morgan Steward – 4-5
Levi Copelin – 2-29
Wesley Leftwich – 2-22
Sean Culkin – 2-18
Jason Reese – 2-16
Darius White – 2-14
Clayton Echard – 2-12
Niclaus Rhone – 1-15
Jake Brents – 1-6
Marcus Murphy – 1-5
Tackles Leaders
Eric Beisel – 9
Duron Singleton – 7
Kenya Dennis – 5
Cortland Browning – 5
Michael Scherer – 4
Harold Brantley – 4
Rickey Hatley – 4
Interceptions
Aarion Penton – 2
Punting
Christian Brinser – 5-198, 39.6 avg. (2 inside 20)
Field Goals
Andrew Baggett – 1-of-2 (Make: 33; Miss: 48)
Preston Soper – 1-of-1 (Make: 33)
Luke Jackson – 0-of-1 (Miss: 48)