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Rock M Nation 53 mins ago

J'den Cox: The Road to Rio from Columbia, Missouri

Catch the J'den Cox documentary embedded above. BST: Last time we talked about J'den Cox he was winning the NCAA D1 title at 197lbs. His 2nd title in 3 years, and 3rd All-American campaign in as many years. He pretty well packed things up and has been keeeping a low profile since then, right? Shaffe: I mean other than cutting weight down to 189 pounds, winning the Olympic Trials despite wrestling a different style, traveling to Mongolia two weeks later and winning a spot in the Olympics, and knocking off several guys who are ranked internationally – yeah it’s been a pretty chill...
Rock M Nation 1 hour ago

The reason for Larry Borom's sudden Missouri commitment: Family, family, family

Mammoth Michigan lineman felt at home with Tigers’ staff As Joelle Hershman was driving with her son, Larry Borom, on the 10-hour trip from Detroit to Columbia, she was excited to check out Mizzou’s campus and see Borom compete in the first annual Night at the Zou elite football camp. But as she, Borom, and Barry Odom talked in Odom’s office, there were soon tears falling down her face. Borom became the Tigers’ sixth commit of the 2017 class. "He didn’t tell me. I had no clue," Hershman said of the reasons for the tears. "I don’t know what to do. I didn’t know." Borom...
Rock M Nation 6 hours ago

The Missouri AD search might move pretty quickly, and a new, serious candidate has emerged

Here are today's Mizzou Links. What's On J'den! video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player Night at the Zou was ... fruitful! And it sounds like the commits might not be finished yet. The Trib: Night at Zou gives Odom, staff chance to sell their program Parker: PowerMizzou: Daniel Parker makes early decision Borom & Ford: PowerMizzou: Tigers add size and speed Post-Dispatch: Mizzou football lands two pledges during recruiting event ABC 17: Mizzou lands two verbal commitments at Night at the Zou The Trib (Blake Toppmeyer): Texas WR Roderick Ford commits...
Rock M Nation 13 hours ago

2018 Blue Springs defensive end Daniel Parker Jr. commits to Missouri

Missouri lands its third commitment as a result of Night at the Zou Blessed to say I have verbally committed to the University of Missouri! #MizzouVsEverybody pic.twitter.com/53yIzOAwB5 — LuhhDaniel (@daniel_park3r) July 25, 2016 Welcome to D-Line Zou!!! pic.twitter.com/s8S9C1AUMs — A.J. Ofodile (@MUcoachAO) July 25, 2016 Mizzou receives their first commitment for the class of 2018. Name Daniel Parker Jr. Position DE Height, Weight 6'3, 270 City (School) Blue Springs, MO (Blue Springs) Rating (Rivals) NR Rating (Scout) NR Rating (ESPN) NR Rating...
Rock M Nation Jul 24, 2016

Recruiting Notebook: "Night at the Zou" a showcase for Mizzou's future

Over 70 recruits were in Columbia for massive event Missouri landed two recruits during Saturday's "Night at the Zou"; massive Michigan offensive lineman Larry Borom and speedy Texas receiver Roderick Ford. There will be more to come in the next few hours, days and weeks. Neither Tiger commits DaRon Davis or Jafar Armstrong, nor highly sought after defensive end Chester Graves were in Columbia last night. That shouldn't take away from the 70 or so recruits who did travel from far and wide to attend an event that was part athlete camp and part school showcase. Saturday began behind doors...
Rock M Nation Jul 23, 2016

2017 Texas wide receiver Roderick Ford commits to Mizzou

Missouri's Night at the Zou is highlighted by a second commitment Commitment No. 2 from #NightAtTheZou is Firt Worth WR Roderick Ford pic.twitter.com/Nb4jiaNtqY — Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) July 24, 2016 Latest Mizzou commit Rod Ford #NightAtTheZou pic.twitter.com/oPWzw6X0iS — ᴏsᴄᴀʀ ɢᴀᴍʙʟᴇ (@OscarGambler) July 24, 2016 Missouri picked up its second commitment of the night after Texas wide receiver Roderick Ford committed to the Tigers during Night at the Zou. Name Roderick Ford Position WR Height, Weight 6'0, 164 City (School) Fort Worth, TX...
Rock M Nation Jul 23, 2016

2017 Michigan offensive lineman Larry Borom commits to Missouri

Missouri's Night at the Zou began with a commitment. Blessed to say that I will be continuing my Academic and Football Career at The University of Missouri!! #ShowMe pic.twitter.com/4QVB1o8bTM — Larry (@lborom_) July 23, 2016 Couldn't ask for a better start to this evening & it's only 6pm. Tonight will be a game changer! #ShowMe17 pic.twitter.com/mKuYm3UT2u — ShowMe17 (@MizzouShowMe17) July 23, 2016 Missouri picked up a commitment from Michigan offensive lineman Larry Borom just before the festivities of Night at the Zou began. Name Larry Borom Position OG/OT Height,...
Rock M Nation Jul 23, 2016

Missouri builds 5-person advisory committee for athletic director search

Mizzou paid Korn Ferry $206,000 to find Mack Rhoades. The university will now resort to a five-person advisory committee, plus the same firm that was used to hire Kim Anderson. Columbia Tribune's Black Toppmeyer and Joe Walljasper reports that chancellor Hank Foley has revealed its 5 person advisory committee that will be in charge of finding Mizzou's next athletic director. Updated story w/ @JoeWalljasper interview w/ Jon Sundvold, who isn't ruling out possibility of becoming AD candidate https://t.co/HqFc4OxLOd — Blake Toppmeyer (@btoppmeyer) July 22, 2016 The most intriguing part...
Rock M Nation Jul 22, 2016

What kind of recruiting bump can Missouri expect from first year coach Barry Odom?

What can the past decade teach us about what sort of recruiting bumps Power-5 programs get when they welcome a new coach? Barry Odom and staff have quite a large recruiting milestone coming up for the Class of 2017 on Saturday, when they'll host their inaugural "Night at the 'Zou." But you knew that already. What we don't know is how much of a boon this event will end up being for next year's class, how it will translate to high-level prospect interest, commitments, getting commitments from their high-level prospect friends, etc., etc., etc. What we really don't know is how the Class of...
Rock M Nation Jul 22, 2016

Missouri's list of "Night at the Zou" attendees is heavy on St. Louis prospects

This is our tentative list of the recruits who will be in Columbia on Saturday, July 23. We'll update as we learn more. Larry Boyd Saturday at Mizzou go be lit — Big Larry (@LBJ__76) July 20, 2016 Larry Boyd confirmed to me that he would be attending Missouri's "Night at the Zou" recruiting event this Saturday. The 6'5, 310-pound 2017 offensive lineman from Trinity Catholic in St. Louis has long been on the Tigers' radar, and many consider him to be a heavy lean toward Mizzou. In addition to Mizzou; Arkansas, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin have offered. The sticking point has...
Rock M Nation Jul 22, 2016

Will Missouri's Drew Lock get the help he needs in 2016?

Here are today's Mizzou Links. What's On Yours truly, of course! Here's this week's PAPN, in which we talked about why Houston maybe doesn't have a great shot at getting into the Big 12 just an hour or two before the University of Texas' president sort of announced he was endorsing UH, thereby negating our premise. It was a podcast-heavy week, actually. Did this week's Rock M Radio and hung out with the Good Bull Hunting guys for a bit, too. Both of those should be worth a listen. What's ELSE is on? The Mizzou SEC Network Takeover! Sixty minutes until #Mizzou takes over the...
Rock M Nation Jul 21, 2016

Rock M Mailbag: How will Missouri choose to dole out its two 2017 basketball scholarships?

Sam Snelling answers your questions about the state of Missouri recruiting. One of our regular Rock M Nation commenters, MoonEqualsD who sent me a 5-part question via email. I thought his questions were something more people might like to hear, so here’s my first ever Mailbag-type post. We’ll jump off this train with MoonEqualsD’s 5-parter: Q1. Are there any 5-star recruits we actually have at least a chance in getting for 2017? 2018? I say no, we never get 5 stars even when our program is good. In the 2017 class Missouri had offered 10 5-star players, and none of them are even on...
Rock M Nation Jul 21, 2016

Expectations are high for Missouri's "Night at the Zou" camp

Barry Odom has a chance to land several high profile recruits with big event in Columbia this weekend Missouri's football class sits at an underwhelming number so far at five. The Tigers historically have done a good job of developing underrated high school kids and turning them into studs at the college level, but in order to take the next step, Barry Odom is going to have to landing high-end talent, too. How to start landing better talent: Invite a bunch of the best high school players to your campus and explain how all their talents can mesh together at the University of...
Rock M Nation Jul 21, 2016

BREAKING: Former Missouri guard Jabari Brown can still score like crazy

Here are today's Mizzou Links. An AD name to keep in mind: Post-Dispatch: Former A-B exec Mike Owens draws support for Mizzou AD job More than 75 former University of Missouri football players and alumni have thrown support to former Mizzou player and former Anheuser-Busch executive Michael Owens for the school’s athletics director job. A list of former players and other alums endorsing Owens is growing by the week, sources confirmed. [...] An offensive lineman at Mizzou under coach Al Onofrio, Owens lettered from 1973-75. After his playing career, he worked in the Mizzou athletics...
Rock M Nation Jul 20, 2016

2017 St. Louis lineman Marquis Hayes commits to Oklahoma

Marquis Hayes Jr., a three-star offensive lineman from Pattonville high school in Maryland Heights, committed to Oklahoma today over offers from Missouri, Illinois, Kansas State, and others. Excited and blessed to announce that I will be committing to the University of Oklahoma !! #BoomerSooner ⚪ pic.twitter.com/5qclzzK7uU — Marquis Hayes JR. (@ballgame__) July 20, 2016 Hayes was considered an important recruit for Missouri in the 2017 class. It was an opportunity for Barry Odom and the new coaching staff to battle big schools on nearby turf, and, well, Hayes is a good offensive...
Rock M Nation Jul 20, 2016

Bill Snyder says a couple of Big 12 escapees want back in. What say you, Mizzou fans?

Yesterday was ... an eventful day for the Big 12. Behold: After meeting today, Big 12 presidents likely to announce tabling of expansion consideration, at least for the near-term (several years). — George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) July 19, 2016 About an hour later: This is a surprise. Big 12 board asked commissioner Bowlsby to survey interest from universities interested in joining the Big 12. — George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) July 19, 2016 In other words: Big 12 presidents are saying expansion is NOT dead. It’s a change from the expectation going into the...
Rock M Nation Jul 20, 2016

For Barry Odom, everything is a teaching moment

Here are today's Mizzou Links. What's On GAHN MCGAFFIE. Why McGaffie? a) Why not??? b) Kickoffs might become relics soon. SB Nation: College football might get rid of kickoffs, which are dangerous and usually boring SB Nation: Imagining an NFL without kickoffs Honestly, I think I'm okay with this. For every McGaffie, there are seemingly a thousand "go to commercial break, then watch a touchback (and maybe go to another commercial break" combos that kill the flow of a game. And if it really does prevent a few more injuries -- I'm not completely sold on the "kickoffs have demonstrably more...
Rock M Nation Jul 19, 2016

Mizzou Takeover Set for July 22nd on the SEC Network

Mizzou is entering its fifth year in the SEC and its second year taking over the SEC network for 24 hours. On July 22nd, Mizzou will have another opportunity to showcase its athletic programs and reminisce on historical wins. Each SEC school will have their own exclusive day on the SEC network, starting with Vanderbilt on July 18th. For Mizzou, this is an excellent time for the university to promote "Mizzou Made" and promote the Mizzou brand on a national stage. ESPN's Gracie Blackburn gives in detail the schedule for each school's takeover. SEC schools are heavily involved in producing...
Rock M Nation Jul 19, 2016

Missouri's Sean Culkin on Josh Heupel: "That’s his thing -- compete, full speed, don’t think."

Here are today's Mizzou Links. "You're already wrong if you're hesitant" PowerMizzou: Preseason Preview: Quarterbacks PowerMizzou: Preseason Preview: Running backs There's an entirely new aura of optimism surrounding Missouri's backfield talent, and even though only one player (Witter) has had over 100 carries in a year, there's plenty of options to find a solid if not spectacular rotation. ESPN.com: Players describe new SEC coordinators in one word Josh Heupel, Missouri offensive coordinator Competitor: "He’s just always hyping on us competing. That’s his thing -- compete, full...
Rock M Nation Jul 18, 2016

Mack Rhoades: Missouri “is in a better place than it was 15 months ago”

That’s what we’re going with, huh? Outgoing Missouri athletic director Mack Rhoades just had his introductory press conference at Baylor, where he has taken on an AD/VP position. Some quick quotes: Rhoades: “I think the University of Missouri, the athletics program, is in a better place than it was 15 months ago.” @CoMissourian— Brooks Holton (@brooksHolton) July 18, 2016 Rhoades: "Proud of what we accomplished over the 15 months (at Missouri). The culture has changed.''— SicEmSports (@SicEmSports) July 18, 2016 YES! Press conference included the word...