MU Football

Missouri football more stable entering spring football

While there are still questions surrounding Missouri football in 2014, the program is in a much different place than it was a year ago.

UPDATE: Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel agrees to new contract through 2020

Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel's new contract will boost his guaranteed earnings to $3.1 million a year through 2020. Assistant coaches also received raises.

NFL Draft analysts evaluate Michael Sam's combine

Sam ran a 4.91-second 40-yard dash, 18th among 40 defensive linemen. He bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times, tied for worst at his position. Sam will be looking to improve his numbers when Missouri holds its Pro Day on March 20.

The rundown of the runaround: Michael Sam's senior season sacks

Michael Sam produced 11.5 sacks as a senior. Here's the low-down on each one.

Missouri football's Michael Sam needs no introduction at NFL Combine

Michael Sam made his first press conference appearance at the NFL combine in Indianapolis on Saturday and tried to steer the conversation away from the much-publicized story of his sexuality.

Turning backs on protesters, hundreds form wall to support Michael Sam

A group of 14 protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church was countered by more than one thousand people who formed a wall to show their support for Michael Sam.

Michael Sam's news draws support, annoyance — and some yawns

The early morning crowd at Hy-Vee Cafe share their reactions to Michael Sam's announcement, ranging from indifference to support for the football player.

Other areas of mid-Missouri react to Michael Sam announcement

Reactions from around Missouri about Michael Sam's announcement that he is gay vary greatly. But most everyone offers an opinion.

Crane operator's picture of Michael Sam tribute goes viral

Virgil Jeffery captured and posted the viral snowy "Sam" tribute picture on Facebook while he was operating a crane at Faurot Field Monday morning.

Redefining manhood: Michael Sam's announcement challenges traditional masculine narratives

The rise of feminism, gay-rights activism and metrosexuals question traditional masculinity structures. Now, defensive back Michael Sam's announcement that he is gay challenges manhood in the professional sports arena.

Kent State suspends wrestler over Michael Sam slur

Kent State wrestler Sam Wheeler first tweeted Monday using a homophobic slur, saying he couldn't watch a sports program because they were talking about Sam, who is an NFL prospect.

Michael Sam could be important face in gay community

Michael Sam has said his focus is on football, but others — particularly those in the LGBT community — may not listen.

MU students rally around Michael Sam

Students are organizing a counterdemonstration to the Westboro Baptist Church protest expected this weekend.

Michael Sam's new fame could lead to financial gain

Michael Sam's coming-out announcement could mean financial endorsements.

UPDATE: Missouri, Michael Sam were prepared for the day Sam would come out

Michael Sam was ready to be in the spotlight on Sunday night, but that wasn't always the case.

A collection of supportive messages for Michael Sam

Michael Sam has received an outpouring of support following his announcement this weekend that he is gay.

TIMELINE: Michael Sam in good company: gay athletes in history

Missouri football player Michael Sam has joined a group of athletes whose sexual orientation has made history in the past five decades.

National media descend on Columbia in light of Michael Sam announcement

The scene in Columbia is a calm one just 24 hours after Sam's announcement in comparison to the virtual social media firestorm that is still ongoing. 

Missouri men's basketball team voices support for Michael Sam

Basketball coach Frank Haith said he applauds Sam and the football team's leadership.



Howard Bragman: Helping Michael Sam make a statement

Bragman focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual public relations issues and events.