A familiar foe, one that had haunted the team througout its young season, faced the Stephens College Stars on Saturday afternoon.
AMES, Iowa — Oops.
A day after agreeing to terms with coach Gary Pinkel on a new, five-year contract that will keep him at Missouri until 2011 and give him $1.3 million per year in guaranteed money, reactions ranged from positive:
“You need stability to have any sort of success,” said Jim Dorhauer of Odessa.
AMES, Iowa — A group of five Missouri fans knows what hospitality means.
After an error, a Missouri Baptist kill or a poor serve, the Columbia College volleyball team acted the same way in its 21-30, 19-30, 30-22, 25-30 loss to the Spartans on Saturday in the finals of the Region V Tournament.
Sitting five rows up from the floor in one of the padded seats at Mizzou Arena on Friday night, Sherry Moreau had a pink scarf hanging from her neck. She had borrowed it from her friend Sondra Small who was sitting next to her, wearing a pink polo shirt.
The club is hopping. Multicolored lights illuminate the dance floor as deafening music, ranging from old-school Michael Jackson to the new-school Justin Timberlake, blares from the loudspeakers overhead.
The pungent odor of hair spray filled the air Saturday afternoon at the Hearnes Center. The odd aroma, as well as the piercing shrieks of teenage girls, was just part of the featured activity — cheerleading.
The wry smile coyly tucked under coach Bob Burchard’s thick, graying moustache minutes after the Cougars latest loss was almost as perplexing as his team’s performance Thursday night.
Missouri women’s basketball coach Cindy Stein has lost 113 times in her career as a head coach. Losses are inevitable, but Stein blocks out one in particular.
First it was Matt Lawrence. Next it was Stefhon Hannah, followed by Kalen Grimes. The Missouri men’s basketball team knew it was only a matter of time before Keon Lawrence led the team in scoring.
Football players need quick bursts of fury and passion to make plays. Basketball players need the endurance to sprint up and down the court for minutes at a time. Transitioning from one tempo to the other is a process that can take weeks before a two-sport athlete is comfortable.
After scoring 11 points against Lipscomb on Thursday, Darryl Butterfield’s work for the evening wasn’t done. But instead of talking to the media, Butterfield had better things to do.
It’s fourth-and-4 on your opponent’s 35-yard line. Your team is down by six points. There are three minutes left in the game. What do you do?
When Missouri plays Iowa State on Saturday the last thing players will be thinking about is hoisting the Telephone Trophy.
A 7-3 start and an all-but-official three bowls in the last four seasons was enough for the University of Missouri and coach Gary Pinkel to agree to terms on a new five-year contract that will run through 2011.
"I want a deflection!" Midway coach Timothy Southers screams from the sideline, and his Eagles on the court are happy to oblige. Sophomore guard Desiree Haney gets her fingertips on an errant Stephens College pass, just one of 13 first-half Stars turnovers, and the rowdy Eagles bench explodes behind her.
Missouri volleyball coach Wayne Kreklow often says it’s his team’s job to play hard, entertain fans and give them exciting volleyball to watch. If it does that, he says, fans will keep coming to matches whether the Tigers win or lose.
If there were no roof on the Arena at Southwell Complex, you would probably be able to see Mike Davis’ smirk from the far reaches of the galaxy.
The Missouri men’s basketball team will face its toughest challenge of the season at 7 tonight against Lipscomb at Mizzou Arena. The Bisons finished 21-11 last season and fell one game short of reaching the NCAA tournament.
This season could have been a lot diffferent for the Iowa State football team.