MU Athletics received a $2.5 million gift from an anonymous donor, MU Director of Athletics Jim Sterk announced Thursday. The donation will go towards a $5 million renovation of Mizzou Arena. The renovation includes new team locker rooms, lounges, meeting areas and coaches locker rooms for both the men’s and women’s teams. The renovations are expected to be finished before the start of the 2020-21 season. 

MU Women's Basketball assistant coach dies

Willie Cox, an assistant coach for nine seasons and the director of recruiting for four seasons for Mizzou women’s basketball, died , the Mizzou Women’s Basketball team tweeted Thursday. Cox was battling stage IV pancreatic cancer. He was not able to have surgery because of how advanced the cancer was. 

Cox coached high school, college and AAU basketball. Cox was an assistant coach under Robin Pingeton at Illinois State before coming to Mizzou. In Cox’s nine seasons as a Mizzou coach, he helped lead the Tigers to six consecutive winning seasons. 


Before you go ...

Do you like what you see? The Columbia Missourian produces in-depth journalism across many platforms while coaching talented MU students. Independent reporting isn’t cheap to produce, even if it’s free to consume. Every dollar you donate is a gift for life because we touch only the interest earned. We hope you’ll help: Donate or subscribe.

Recommended for you

Join the conversation

When posting comments, please follow our community guidelines:
• Login with a social account on WorldTable.
• Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language or engage in personal attacks.
• Stay on topic. Don’t hijack a forum to talk about something else or to post spam.
• Abuse of the community could result in being banned.
• Comments on our website and social media may be published in our newspaper or on our website.