Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Mizzou and Arkansas State Agree to Football Series


Tigers and Red Wolves to Play in 2013 and 2015

Columbia, Mo.The University of Missouri has wrapped up its search for a final opponent for its 2013 football schedule, as Mizzou and Arkansas State University have agreed to a home-and-home series, with games in 2013 and 2015.  This season’s game will be played in Columbia on Sept. 28th, with the return game scheduled for Sept. 12, 2015 in Jonesboro, Ark.  Kickoff times for all 2013 Mizzou Football games will not be set until SEC television selections are made this summer.

Arkansas State is coming off a 10-3 season which saw the Red Wolves claim the Sun Belt Conference Championship.  Arkansas State concluded their 2012 season with a 17-13 win over 25th-ranked Kent State in the Bowl in January.  Mizzou and Arkansas State have played twice previously, with the Tigers claiming wins in 2004 (52-20 in Columbia) and 2005 (44-17 in Kansas City).

“We’re very pleased to finish out our 2013 schedule with a quality opponent such as Arkansas State,” said Executive Associate Director of Athletics Bryan Maggard.  “Due to recent changes in the Sun Belt Conference, we were able to secure this game, and we appreciate the efforts of Arkansas State’s administration in making this happen,” he said.

Mizzou’s 2012 schedule was ranked as the most difficult in the nation, according to the Sagarin Rankings, and Head Coach Gary Pinkel’s troops will face off in 2013 against eight teams which reached bowl games last year (the 11 FBS opponents were a combined 41 games over .500 in 2012).  The Tigers will open up their second year as part of the Southeastern Conference on Aug. 31st with a home game against Murray State of the Football Championship Subdivision, then play host to Toledo (9-4 in 2012) on Sept. 7th.  Following an off week, Mizzou will hit the road for the first time to take on the Indiana Hoosiers (4-8) in Bloomington, Ind. on Sept. 21st.  Non-conference action will conclude with the aforementioned Arkansas State visit to Faurot Field on Sept. 28th.

The Tigers then hit the road for two straight games to begin SEC play, with away contests at Vanderbilt (9-4) on Oct. 5th, followed by a game at Georgia (12-2) on Oct. 12th.  That sets up a three-game homestand, as Mizzou will welcome Florida (11-2) on Oct. 19th, South Carolina (11-2) for Homecoming on Oct. 26th and Tennessee (5-7) on Nov. 2nd.  A pair of road games surround an open date on Nov. 16th, as the Tigers will play at Kentucky (2-10) on Nov. 9th and at Ole Miss (7-6) on Nov. 23rd.  Thanksgiving Weekend football will return to Faurot Field as the regular season will conclude with a Nov. 30th matchup between the Tigers and the Texas A&M Aggies (11-2).

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

$8.3 Million Gift Will Support MU Athletic Facility Improvements


Athletic donation will propel Mizzou forward in its continuing transition into the SEC

COLUMBIA, Mo. ­— Don and Audrey Walsworth of Marceline, Missouri, have given a nearly $8.3 million gift to the University of Missouri Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Through their generous gift, the Walsworth family will support athletic department facility improvements and expansions, including renovations to Memorial Stadium and a new clubhouse for the men’s and women’s golf teams at The Club at Old Hawthorne.  The new clubhouse will house coaches’ offices, team locker rooms, indoor heated hitting bays and the latest in swing instruction technology.

“We are so very grateful to the Walsworth family for everything they contribute to the University,” MU Athletic Director Mike Alden said. “Their support for Mizzou Athletics over the years has been inspiring, and this announcement is yet another example of how they will provide a positive impact on student-athletes for generations to come.”

Don Walsworth, an MU alumnus and CEO of the Walsworth Publishing Company Inc., is a former chairman of the University of Missouri Board of Curators. He says this gift is an opportunity for his family to give back to the university that has meant so much to them.

“The university has been very good to us over the years, including our children and grandchildren,” Walsworth said. “This gift is indicative of the fantastic leadership of the university and the athletic department, including the outstanding coaches and staff. We are so pleased with the organization and administration. We love the move to the SEC and how far athletics has advanced to achieve national prominence in so many different sports. Our gift is also for the-student athletes, as we believe their education should come first—an ideal I know our family shares with the university.”

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Tiger Football Lands 28 on SEC Academic Honor Roll

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Southeastern Conference has announced its 2012 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll, and the University of Missouri football team was well-represented on the list.

Twenty-eight members of the Tiger football squad were honored.  The 2012 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2012 Spring, Summer and Fall terms, and those honored must have a grade-point average of 3.00 or above for either the preceding academic year, or have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above.

Mizzou’s Honor Roll representatives include:

·         Trey Barrow  – Nutrition

·         Michael Brennan  – Business

·         Christian Brinser  – Education

·         Jimmy Burge  – Parks, Rec. & Tourism

·         Brayden Burnett  – Business

·         Taylor Chappell  – Health Sciences

·         Max Copeland  – Physics

·         Tyler Davis  – Mechanical Engineering

·         Alex Demczak  – Pre-Communications

·         Will Ebner  – Business

·         Clayton Echard  – Health Sciences

·         Elvis Fisher  – Post Bach

·         Marvin Foster Jr.  – Health Sciences

·         Michael Godas  – Park, Rec. & Tourism

·         Zaviar Gooden  – Business

·         Mark Hill  – Business

·         Matthew Hoch  – Education

·         Tyler Hunt  – Pre-Nutrition

·         Wesley Leftwich  – Pre-Nutrition

·         Connor McGovern  – Agriculture Economics

·         Jack Meiners  – Business

·         T.J. Moe  – Business

·         Mitch Morse  – Hospitality Management

·         Blake Owens  – Health Sciences

·         Joseph Plevel  – Biology

·         Randy Ponder  – Health Sciences

·         Travis Ruth  – Agriculture Economics

Monday, January 7, 2013