NCAA to Tigers: no traveling

The NCAA spared the MU men’s basketball program it’s most potent deterrent: the postseason ban.

Instead, the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions decided to issue a punishment that fit the crime, announcing Wednesday that the MU athletic department has been placed on a three-year probation, and the basketball program will face restrictions on recruiting, scholarships and official visits.

Blunt tells Missourians to expect change

JEFFERSON CITY — Transition is the new focus for governor-elect Matt Blunt as his camp prepares to move into the governor’s office. At his home in Springfield on Wednesday, Blunt discussed his plans.

He talked about turning from a campaign mindset into a governing mindset and some of the challenges and differences involved, said Blunt spokesman John Hancock.

Report details sanctions for MU

Now we know. Finally.

The NCAA has handed down its sanctions, and Missouri has accepted them. End of a chapter in MU sports history, for now.

Pierpont wins right to be village

A round of applause signaled the birth of a village Wednesday night when the Boone County Commission voted unanimously to approve the incorporation of Pierpont.

The vote followed a public hearing during which Columbia Mayor Darwin Hindman, Pierpont residents and the commissioners debated the need for rational incorporation policy versus the right of residents to control their destiny. In the end, the people of Pierpont got their wish for protection against the possibility of annexation by Columbia.

Youth trumps experience for GOP

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri House Republican Caucus appointed Rod Jetton, 37, as the next speaker of the house Wednesday. Jetton with Governor-elect Matt Blunt, 33, have begun a youth movement in state government leadership.

Jetton and Blunt will be the second youngest people to hold their respective positions in at least 40 years. The youngest governor and speaker of the house were Kit Bond and Dick Rabbitt respectively, who also began their terms in the same year.

High turnout at Boone Co. polls above expectations

Boone County residents broke the voter-turnout record on Election Day, with a full 86 percent of qualified voters packing the polls.

“I will be honest, it was 20 percent above my highest expectations,” Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren said Wednesday.

Omboga not afraid of competition

Thomson Omboga never shies away from contact on the field or from talking about the role he plays on the Missouri football team.

After his best game of the season, an eight-catch performance for 96 yards on Saturday against Nebraska, Omboga, a senior wide receiver, spoke his mind.

Witnesses identify shooting suspect

Two witnesses testified Wednesday at the Boone County Courthouse that they saw 21-year–old Kansas City, Kan., man Taron Crawford, pull out a handgun and shoot MU sophomore Charles Blondis three times at a party last November. Blondis died on the scene.

Sam Hileman and Peter Lassiter pointed at Crawford when asked by the prosecution who shot Blondis.

The day after, grass roots activists find hope in turnout

A week before the election, Lisa Smith, 39, was sitting on her porch with family and friends, watching their children play in their yard on Eighth Street.

When Stacy Small, an organizer with, came door-to-door making sure people were going to vote, Smith told her she wouldn’t miss the opportunity. It would be Smith’s first time voting, which was cause for excitement among the neighbors, some of whom were also planning to cast ballots for the first time.

Volleyball: KU takes hit against Tigers

In a match between rivals Kansas and Missouri, the Jayhawks threw the biggest elbow, right into the face of another Jayhawk.

The MU volleyball team beat Kansas 30-23, 30-26, 30-25 on Wednesday night at Hearnes Center. Early in the match, Josi Lima, Kansas’ All-Big 12 Conference outside hitter and team leader in kills, caught an elbow to the cheekbone during a collision with teammate Paula Caten.

Columbia College volleyball wins easily against William Woods

Columbia College volleyball coach Melinda Wrye-Washington said her team’s match Wednesday night might have fooled some people.

“We like to see smooth games and tonight was a smooth game,” Wrye-Washington said. “But it’s going to look rougher than it was because (William Woods University) slowed us down and hesitated between serves and made us look worse than we played.”

Fans deal with sanctions

Many Tigers fans breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday after hearing the penalties the NCAA imposed on the Missouri men’s basketball team.

At Harpo’s, a downtown Columbia bar, Missouri basketball fan Matt Hawkins discussed the situation with a friend.

Snyder’s future at MU secure

Quin Snyder isn’t going anywhere.

Not only will NCAA sanctions restrict the MU coach from leaving Columbia on recruiting visits, but Snyder’s job has apparently never been safer.