Monday, June 20, 2011
Former Tigers Jeremy Maclin and Sean Weatherspoon are hosting camps this July.
Weatherspoon's camp will be in his hometown of Jasper, Texas on July 23 at Jasper High School Fieldhouse. The mission of the camp is to empower local youth through hands-on community involvement through the presence of positive mentors, aiding academic interest and encouragement. This camp will serve as a signature event in Sean’s ‘SPOONful of Hope’ initiative which will officially launch in the fall of 2011. The goal is to teach kids effective life skills, help them overcome obstacles in their lives, and encourage them the fulfillment of academic and personal potential.
Maclin's camp will be in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Currently, in St. Louis, Jeremy has focused most of his attention on schools and charitable organizations. This year he hopes to add to that by giving more back to youth football and high school programs. His camp is his effort to do so by creating relationships with campers, coaches, and their parents. He is teaming with local businesses to grant scholarships to his camp to underprivileged youth. For more info on Maclin's camp, visit www.JeremyMaclinFootballCamp.com.
Friday, June 17, 2011
By THE TRIBUNE'S STAFFColumbia Daily Tribune
Former Missouri offensive lineman Howard Richards will serve as the analyst on MU football radio broadcasts, the school announced yesterday. Richards replaces John Kadlec, who retired after spending the past 16 years working with play-by-play man Mike Kelly in the radio booth.
Richards, 51, is a St. Louis native who started 40 consecutive games at right tackle from 1977-80, earning first-team All-Big Eight and second-team All-America honors as a senior. He was a first-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 1981 and spent seven seasons in the NFL. After retiring from football, he spent 13 years with the Central Intelligence Agency on security staffs of four CIA directors.
Richards has a communications degree from MU with an emphasis in radio/television.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Pinkel has been coaching college football players for more than 30 years, and if he ever wondered how to get a busload of them quiet, he unlocked the mystery Friday.
Drive them through a war zone.
“Oh … my … God.”
That’s all Pinkel could say as the White Knight coach bus crept east on 15th Street in Joplin, giving Pinkel and his Missouri football players their first view of the town leveled by last month’s tornado.
Jaws hung wide open. Camera phones clicked. Thirty-two college football players sat in silence, with sheets of glass separating them from the carnage outside.
They saw houses ripped open, roofs blown off and walls torn down.
Trees were uprooted like weeds in a garden. The trees left standing were stripped down to trunks and shorn limbs, like a kindergartener’s stick-figure drawing.
Street signs were scattered across lawns. Stop lights, too.
“Look, there’s a mattress up in that tree,” Pinkel said, breaking the quiet.
For the group of players who volunteered their Friday to help clean up the tornado’s path of destruction, this was their first taste of reality.
“You see so many things on TV, but it’s not real until you’re actually there,” wide receiver Wes Kemp said a few hours later. “Now, it’s like, that’s where somebody lived. There’s thousands of people who don’t have homes right now. Where are they right now? They’re just scattered with friends and family. It just makes it so much more real.”
The day had just begun.