NCAA keeps lid on investigation

No one is saying how soon the National Collegiate Athletic Association will reveal details of its nearly 6-month-old investigation into MU’s troubled men’s basketball program.

The NCAA won’t discuss its investigation, and it also bars MU officials from discussing it. And even if investigators do discover the team violated NCAA rules, depending on how serious the infractions are, details might never be revealed.

Diesel price could drive up costs

For drivers, rising gas prices can be a financial pain, but jumps in prices at the pump could hurt consumers in more ways than one.

If oil prices continue to stay at about $38 a barrel, diesel prices will remain high, experts say. In response, shipping and transportation companies are passing the additional cost on to consumers, according to Jake Bournazian, the economist for the Energy Information Administration, a branch of the Department of Energy.

Rules of the road

On a spring-like afternoon in February, Columbia police officer Lyn Woolford sits in a patrol car off Business Loop 70, watching traffic stream out of the Hickman High School parking lot.

A woman picking up her daughter in a white station wagon pulls into the street and, directly in front of a sign that reads “No U-Turn,” makes a U-turn. Woolford pulls out behind the woman and waits for her to make a left onto Providence Road before firing up his lights. After running the woman’s driver license through a computerized database using a laptop mounted on the patrol car’s dashboard, Woolford issues a citation for the violation.

Rec fee delayed for one semester

Matt Sokoloff found an error in MU fees that will save students more than $2.1 million.

In 2001, students voted to implement a $75-per-semester fee that would pay to update the campus recreational facilities to include more fitness and aquatic space, locker rooms and air conditioning. The plan is to combine Brewer Fieldhouse, the current student recreational center, with Rothwell Gymnasium.

Local students count victories

You might call it a calculated win: At a math competition on Saturday, a team of Columbia middle school students bested every other team in the state.

Students from the West Junior High School Mathcounts team beat out 30 other middle school teams, winning the state championship in Rolla.

Top 'er off

The MU Athletic Department began decorating for the holiday season a little early this year. With nine months until Christmas, a 3-foot tall evergreen tree has been placed atop the 2,006 tons of steel that form the skeleton of the new MU basketball arena.

In a traditional topping out ceremony, athletic department employees and supporters joined officials from J.E. Dunn Inc. to commemorate the success of the $75 million construction project to give the Tigers a new home. The Paige Sports Arena, whose name was formally announced Friday, will house both men’s and women’s basketball beginning in the fall. The arena, which will have a seating capacity of 15,061, will include support facilities, office space and 26 private suites.

Unfulfilled potential

No one could have predicted this.

A 16-14 record? A trip to the National Invitation Tournament, the lesser of the two postseason tournaments? A quick, disappointing exit from that?

Paulding’s future unclear

Rickey Paulding learned a few things about certainty this season.

When Missouri finished its most up-and-down season 16-14, he found out that, in college basketball, it doesn’t exist.

MU’s Woodley suspended

Chad Moller, Missouri’s sports information director, confirmed Monday that MU suspended Alex Woodley, a redshirt freshman defensive back, from the football team.

MU police arrested Woodley on Thursday for theft of more than $750 and fraudulent use of a credit card.

Cougars’ Hawaii trip isn’t just fun in sun

For spring break, Megan Kuntze wants to go snorkeling.

Krista Viefhaus wants to escape the drizzle and work on her tan.

Hockey team hits the road

A quest for tougher competition found the Jefferson City Capitals in Chicago.

A league championship wasn’t enough for them; coach Matt Hart and his players wanted to test their skills against teams from the northern part of the country, where winter weather is synonymous with youth hockey.