Success sometimes comes with a price.
Fortunately for the Missouri athletic department, an anonymous donor thinks the value of the Missouri football team’s win against Nebraska is equal to that price tag.
Fans ripped down the Memorial Stadium goal posts after No. 24 Missouri’s 41-24 win against the then-No. 10 Cornhuskers on Saturday. Bob Stanley, the athletic department’s director of facilities, said Monday that the replacement goal posts and shipping will cost about $6,500, but after labor to paint and erect the posts the total bill will be closer to $7,000. Stanley said the posts are being shipped from Pennsylvania and should arrive by Monday.
The athletic department won’t have to foot the bill, though, Chad Moller, director of media relations, said. A donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, agreed to cover the cost.
“A longtime supporter and loyal donor who was enthused about the win said he will send a check for the cost of the goal posts,” Moller said.
Stanley said the athletic department was never concerned with costs associated with fans tearing down the goal posts, though.
“I know people think it’s about the money,” Stanley said. “It’s not one scintilla about the money; $7,000 pales in significance to the possibility of people getting injured.”
Kicking the shanks
Junior punter Brock Harvey doesn’t golf much, but he knows all too well about the shanks. Harvey had a bad case Saturday, kicking sidewinders of 21 and 18 yards out of bounds before being benched in favor of senior Todd Gohsler in the third quarter.
Gohsler and Harvey are listed as an either/or to start at punter Saturday against No. 1 Oklahoma. Harvey thinks the renewed competition at the position could turn into a positive.
“I think anything right now is going to help me in terms of getting more focused punting the ball,” Harvey said. “Obviously, I’m not getting the job done. Hopefully, this will help me out.”
Harvey said despite punting well in practice, he is “choking” in games.
“It’s mental,” Harvey said. “Heck, I know the ability is there and the mechanics are there. Just like golf, the last thing you think before you hit that ball is, am I going to do good or am I going to mess up. Right now, in my mind I’m hoping I don’t mess up instead of knowing I’m going to do good.”
Shaking things up
The Tigers have made several changes to the depth chart this week, including flip-flopping senior Terrence Curry and redshirt freshman David Overstreet.
Curry, who moved from cornerback to whip outside safety during the summer, is listed second at free safety behind Nino Williams II. Overstreet, who moved from quarterback to free safety last spring, is listed second at whip behind Jason Simpson.
Coach Gary Pinkel didn’t show his hand concerning any motives to the secondary shakeup.
“We just do a lot of different things back there,” Pinkel said. “A lot of the positions are the same. The whip and the free safety are almost identical spots. They’re basically deep safeties. We just did a little shuffling.”
Overstreet said the biggest difference between the positions is that the Tigers tend to use the whip in a lot of blitz packages, something he wasn’t accustomed to at free safety.
“It’s new for me, but I’ve been picking it up real quick,” Overstreet said. “I actually like running in there and getting a little piece of that, taking on a fullback or something.”
Also, Steven Sanchez, who made his first start against Nebraska, is listed ahead of Scott Paffrath at strongside tackle, and A.J. Kincade moved ahead of Calvin Washington for one starting cornerback spot. Kincade might not get to take advantage of the promotion, though. He injured his right knee against Nebraska, but said the nature of the injury hasn’t been determined.
“We’re going to try to get a diagnosis as soon as possible,” Kincade said.
Kincade was on crutches Monday, and said he wasn’t able to put much pressure on his right leg. The Tigers victory helped ease the pain in his ailing knee, he said.
“I was already down because I had to come out of the game, so it made it better to see the team come out with a big victory,” Kincade said. “I was happy to see the way they performed out there. They kind of relieved my pain.”