Head coach Jim Sutherland stood in front of the Hickman boys’ basketball team in a hallway outside its home gym, berating his players like a teacher would an unruly group of third graders.
At 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning, it was 2 degrees outside.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Cheater or champion? Such is the stigma that Jimmie Johnson has to bear after winning his first Daytona 500 just 10 days after his crew chief was kicked out for illegally altering his car.
LAWRENCE, Kan. — After former Missouri coach Quin Snyder’s press conference on Tuesday, Tigers guard Thomas Gardner made no secret that he was playing with Snyder on his mind.
Saturday night, UM System Board of Curators President Angela Bennett waited for answers.
LAWRENCE, Kan. — When starting lineups were announced Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse, Missouri guard Jimmy McKinney was calm. There was no smiling or yelling, and hardly an expression of any sort. He had been here before and so have all but three of his teammates.
When the Missouri gymnastics team needs a boost at home, it knows just where to look: section A-24.
A small team became even smaller on Saturday afternoon.
Taylor Crane made history on Saturday and he didn’t even win the state championship.
Crashing down the court in a flash of chaotic color, the Missouri Military Academy Colonels scurry to find the quick pass to reach the basket. The ball zips out of one Colonel’s hands, attempting to find a teammates hands down on the blocks.
It appears that the investigation into the departure of MU basketball coach Quin Snyder, which supposedly ended Thursday evening, might just be getting started.
Just about anyone who follows MU sports will tell you the athletic department has had its share of public relations headaches.
Despite the brisk weather, more people than usual piled into the the Rock Bridge gym Thursday night to see the Bruins girls’ basketball team beat Helias 48-34.
Kansas coach Bill Self returned to the press conference room at Mizzou Arena dejected and worn out.
After Thursday’s game, senior Terrance Smith experienced something for the first time: two fans asked him to pose with them for a photograph. And if they had any basketball savvy, they also would have pictures of his jump shot.
Their eyes were big and their breathing deep. The nervous faces of the competitors at this season’s state wrestling tournament peered at the crowd as they walked united into Mizzou Arena to the Olympic theme song. The wrestlers walked into the arena to possibly the biggest matches of their young careers.
The gym filled with the echoes of bouncing basketballs and players dripping in sweat. The Rock Bridge boys’ basketball team isn’t taking it easy despite its top ranking in the state Class 5A poll.
Senior guard Taylor Florence scored on a putback to put Hickman up 62-61 with under 30 seconds to play against Jefferson City. He later hit two free throws to secure a 64-61 victory over the Jays and guarantee the team’s first winning streak since the beginning of January.
Vault hasn’t been the Missouri gymnastics team’s strongest event this year, but you wouldn’t have known that Saturday.
Some MU fans said Thursday that they agreed for the most part with Athletic Director Mike Alden’s handling of former basketball coach Quin Snyder’s departure and are anxious for the program to move on.