Cardinals play their first spring training game today and the Royals start Saturday, so let’s talk about baseball’s latest attempt to change a game in which there is really nothing wrong with it. No pitch clock, but our baseball expert Jeff Wilder goes much deeper in the rules which go well beyond limiting the number of visits to the mound. How will it affect the game? We discuss.
Mizzou basketball freshman Michael Porter Jr. has been cleared for full contact, after a follow-up appointment with doctors who performed his back surgery in November. The question that remains is whether he will play this season.
Porter is considered a top 5 pick in June’s NBA draft, but played just two minutes in the season opener at Iowa State.
Porter has already indicated that when and if he was cleared for contact, it would take him minimal time to get prepared to play in a game. Head coach Cuonzo Martin told the media that Porter would have to practice first and his main concern was how long Porter would be able to play. Getting back into basketball shape would take some time.
However, that doesn’t mean Porter couldn’t be effective in small doses during a game. I believe Porter has quite a few reasons for why he would want to play this year for Mizzou.
While some believe there is no upside in risking further injury when a high draft selection in the NBA is virtually guaranteed, Porter proving he can play and that he is healthy could boost his draft stock. That could be a difference of millions in salary. Mostly, Porter told us this is the best he feels. He’s pain-free. Why wouldn’t he want to get back on the court doing what he loves and not experience any pain? The third reason is that he wants to play with his brother Jontay. It was one of the biggest reasons Jontay reclassified. He wants to play with Michael.
He has several reasons to want to get back on the court as soon as possible and Missouri would welcome him.
The Tigers are 18-10 overall and 8-7 in the SEC and play Saturday at Kentucky.
Here is the press release from the Southeastern Conference:
Commissioner Greg Sankey today issued a public reprimand and a fine of $25,000 to Missouri Director of Athletics Jim Sterk, and mandated a Conference office-led review of South Carolina’s game management procedures and visiting team security.
“Both Missouri and South Carolina have cultivated highly successful women’s basketball programs, which enjoy tremendous fan support and have earned the respect of this office,” said Commissioner Sankey. “While we always appreciate a healthy level of competitive intensity on the court, there is no place in this league for discord inside or outside of the arena. I have had multiple conversations over the past few weeks with representatives of both schools about the problems emanating from their January 28 game and it has been my desire for those issues to be mutually resolved between the athletic programs and individuals involved. Unfortunately, a mutual resolution does not appear imminent. Our hope is that we can direct our focus back where it belongs – on our student-athletes and on-court competition.”
In levying a reprimand and fine, the SEC determined that Sterk’s public comments about South Carolina Head Women’s Basketball Coach Dawn Staley during a January 30 radio interview violated SEC Bylaw 10.5.1, which states “Coaches and administrators shall refrain from public criticism of other member institutions, their staff or players.”
“The SEC Code of Ethics, which was adopted by all of our member institutions, sets forth clear expectations for sportsmanship, mutual trust and respect among all participants, coaches and administrators,” Sankey said.
Further, SEC Bylaw 10.5.8 establishes the expectation of member institutions to implement policies that hold their various constituencies responsible for good sportsmanship and set standards for behavior that “reflect the high standard of honor and dignity that characterize participation in the collegiate setting.” As such, the SEC has assigned two office staff members, Tiffany Daniels, Associate Commissioner for Competition and Senior Woman Administrator, and William King, Associate Commissioner for Legal Affairs and Compliance, to work cooperatively with South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner to review and, if necessary, further refine game management issues.
“We take seriously the reports from Missouri’s student-athletes about inappropriate language and actions directed at them by individual fans, and appreciate South Carolina’s willingness to engage in a full review of fan behavior from January 28. Our goal is to explore additional mechanisms for enhancing each visiting team’s experience before, during and after competition. Any lessons learned on ways to improve sportsmanship, hospitality and team security will be shared across the SEC,” Sankey said.
Fines levied against schools and individuals in the Conference are directed into a fund supporting the SEC’s post-graduate scholarship program.
South Carolina basketball coach Dawn Staley sues Mizzou AD Jim Sterk. Not sure what this accomplishes, because in the end, neither side will agree with the other. Time to just move on?
South Carolina Women’s Basketball Coach Dawn Staley has filed a defamation lawsuit against Missouri Athletic Director Jim Sterk, for comments he made to Missourinet affiliate KTGR-AM during a phone interview, regarding the atmosphere at a Jan 28 game in Columbia, South Carolina.
Following the Tigers 64-54 loss to USC, Mizzou coach Robin Pingeton held a press conference that following Tuesday, Jan 30. I asked her if she could confirm or was aware that they were complaints from her team that South Carolina fan spit at them. Pingeton was guarded in her response, but conceded there were some questionable actions by fans attending the game.
Later that afternoon, Sterk appeared on KTGR-AM and was asked about the situation. He was his response.
“It wasn’t a great atmosphere. It was really kind of unhealthy, if you will. We had our players spit on, and called the N-word and things like that. It was not a good environment and unfortunately, I think Coach Staley promoted that kind of atmosphere, and it’s unfortunate that she felt she had to do that.”
The lawsuit cites those comments as “false, defamatory, reckless and made with actual malice in the defendant knew that his statement was false and still made it with a reckless disregard for the truth.”
South Carolina Athletic Director Ray Tanner said his office conducted an investigation and found no evidence to back up the claims made by Sterk.
“I’ll just say, surrounding the situation that we’ve had to deal with the last few days, I was very confused. I felt very strongly about what we stand for here at this university and women’s basketball, our fan base, our head coach, and the way we handle our business and have handled our business over the years.”
The SEC office met with each athletic department and on Feb 1, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey released the following statement:
“I have had discussions with athletics directors at both institutions. Competition among SEC teams is highly intense but can never compromise the expectation of respect between our institutions. Coach Pingeton and Coach Staley have both worked tirelessly to build nationally-ranked teams comprised of outstanding student-athletes, and both teams should be celebrated for their success. I look forward to meeting in person with both athletic directors very soon to reaffirm these shared priorities and expectations.”
Missourinet has reached out to the University of Missouri for comment.
Read the Staley-Sterk Lawsuit
Team USA finally woke up! The medals are starting to pour in! Plus, who faked it the best? Meg Ryan or NBC cross country skiing announcer Chad Salmela? The best thing since sliced bread is a thing here in Missouri…officially. Speaking of officials, it’s time we protects those refs, umpires and judges who oversee our children’s sports. One state rep wants a new law
SPRINGFIELD – On a night dedicated to Missouri State’s five seniors, it was junior Jarred Dixon who stole the spotlight. The lanky guard scored a career-high 24 points and dropped in six 3-pointers against a visiting Bradley club that rallied from behind in the final two-and-a-half minutes to defeat the Bears, 82-78, here Wednesday.
MSU (17-13, 7-10 MVC), which dropped its third straight narrow decision, also got 20 points from senior Jarrid Rhodes, just one shy of his career high. Freshman Mustafa Lawrence added 11 points for the home side.
All five starters scored in double figures for Bradley (19-11, 9-8 MVC), including Nate Kennell who scored 20 points behind six treys of his own. The Braves also capitalized on an abundance of foul shots, converting 25-of-31 (.806) at the stripe.
The see-saw battle featured 19 lead changes and 11 ties, but Bradley’s 6-0 run – all from the free throw line – in the final 51 seconds sealed MSU’s fate. After Rhodes knocked down two free throws for the Bears with 1:17 remaining to put the home club up by one, Dixon was whistled for a foul on Kennell with 50.7 ticks showing. Kennell made the two free throws to put the Braves up 76-75.
Missouri State now heads to Cedar Falls on Saturday afternoon for a 1 p.m. tilt with Northern Iowa (14-15, 6-11 MVC) in the regular-season finale for both clubs.
For the second consecutive season, Mizzou Women’s Basketball head coach Robin Pingeton has been named a Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year National Semifinalist. Pingeton is one of ten coaches across the nation in the running for the honor.
Fans will be able to support their favorite coach by visiting naismithtrophy.com/vote between March 19-30 to cast their ballot. The fan vote accounts for five percent of the overall final vote.
Mizzou has its third consecutive 22+ win campaign for the first time since 1982-85. The Tigers are ranked No. 11 in the nation in the AP Top 25 poll, their highest ranking since 1984, and No. 9 in the Coaches’ Poll, their highest ranking in that poll in program history.
The Tigers stay at home this Thursday to face Vanderbilt on Senior Night. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on SEC Network Plus. Senior Night festivities will begin at 6:40 p.m.
| Naismith Women’s College
Coach of the Year Semifinalists
|Karen Aston||Texas||Big 12|
|Muffet McGraw||Notre Dame||ACC|
|Kim Mulkey||Baylor||Big 12|
|Vic Schaefer||Mississippi State||SEC|
|Amy Williams||Nebraska||Big Ten|
I never said Mizzou can’t make the NCAA tournament, I just said they’re closer to being on the bubble than a shoe-in. After last night, do you believe me now?
Plus, the Blues have gone four games without a win. What’s going on? Let’s hear from the coach in “Yeo, what’s up?”
Logan Couture, Joonas Donskoi, and Mikkel Boedker each scored as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Blues 3-2 at the Scottrade Center. All fives goals for both teams came in a wild second period.
Couture put San Jose up 1-0 before Ivan Barshev tied the game. Donskoi and Boedker made it 3-1 when St. Louis answered on a power-play tally by Vladimir Tarasenko to pull them within one. Martin Jones stopped 31 shots for the Sharks, who have won three straight.
St. Louis is one point ahead of the Ducks and Wild for the top Wild Card spot in the West. The Blues are 0-3-1 in their last four games. The Blues host Winnipeg on Friday, the team they beat exactly two weeks prior to their last win.
Head coach Mike Yeo says it is time to step up their game. Check out my feature that you can find on the Bill Pollock Show podcast, “Yeo, what’s up?”