COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Missouri announced on April 28 that former University of Central Missouri head coach Kim Anderson, 58, a two-time graduate of Mizzou (’79 and ’81) and the 2014 NABC National Coach of the Year, has agreed to become the 18th men’s basketball coach in school history.
The move by Director of Athletics Mike Alden signaled a return to Missouri’s proud history and helps the program welcome back a “True Son” (Sedalia, Mo.) who is coming off a 30-5 record with the Mules and the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championship. Anderson’s national title run at UCM becomes even more impressive considering the program welcomed in 10 new players last season and had just one returning student-athlete averaging more than 4.7 points per game.
“We are pleased and excited to have Kim Anderson leading our program,” Alden said. “He’s a man of great character, integrity and respect. He has demonstrated the ability to mentor young men on and off the court, academically and socially. He’s a proven winner on all levels, and he’s built tremendous relationships around the country in the basketball community, which assists greatly with recruiting and other important aspects for a program. Lastly, the fact that he’s a Missouri Tiger at heart is important, he is committed to Mizzou and has a passion to build a program of which all Tiger fans will be proud.”
Caren, Mel, Kim Anderson, Bev, Tom, Lynn and Indiana Mizzou Crew friend Lou Ann Pfeifer Wilcox. (Photo courtesy Lou Ann Pfeifer Wilcox)
“I am excited that Kim Anderson will lead our men’s basketball program moving forward, and I welcome him back to Mizzou” said Chancellor Bowen Loftin. “Kim is a tremendous teacher and coach with a proven track record as a winner, both as a player and as a person. More importantly, his integrity and values-centered approach will help us recruit elite student-athletes who will win championships and make us proud both on and off of the court.”
It’s easy to see why Anderson was targeted early by Alden. He embodies the key characteristics of his fan base and his former mentor, Norm Stewart. Anderson spent 12 seasons in total at UCM and won nearly 75 percent of his games over a decade-plus worth of work. Anderson went 274-94 (.743) during that span and finished his career ranked among the Top 10 in career winning percentage all-time at the NCAA Division II level. In addition to his consistent winning approach, Anderson helped the Mules collect league and national hardware, winning or sharing six Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) regular season conference titles and advancing to seven NCAA Tournaments. The Mules advanced to three Final Fours under his watch, reaching the national semifinals in 2007 and 2009 before defeating West Liberty, 84-77, in the title game this year in Evansville, Ind. During its 2014 national title charge UCM earned tournament wins over Top 10 programs No. 4 Southern Connecticut State (98-88), No. 1 Metro State (71-69) and No. 7 West Liberty.
In addition to being one of the Top 10 winningest coaches in Division II history, Anderson resigns his spot in Warrensburg as the school’s all-time winningest coach. He led the Mules to three 30-win seasons, the only 30-win seasons in school history. He finished above .500 his 11 finals seasons and won 20 games seven times in 12 years, finishing among the MIAA’s top three in the league standings nine times over his final 10 seasons.
“I’m honored and humbled to have the opportunity to return to Mizzou and lead a program that our family is so vested in,” Anderson said after accepting the head coaching position Monday afternoon. “When we took over in Warrensburg 12 years ago, we faced an uphill battle. We had support, we had a winning history and great campus leadership, but the program had lost its identity. I see that same opportunity here at Missouri. We have great leadership with Dr. Loftin and Mike Alden, and I know we have a passionate fan base. We have a lot of work ahead of us and that work starts today, but as a Missourian I embrace this challenge and look forward to bringing championship basketball back to Norm Stewart Court and Mizzou Arena.”
Pinkel has led Mizzou to one of the top turn around stories in college football this season, as his Tigers currently stand 9-1 overall, and atop the Southeastern Conference East Division standings at 5-1. Mizzou enters this weekend’s game at #24 Ole Miss carrying a ranking of #8 in the latest Bowl Championship Series ranking, as well as standing #8 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches’ polls.
Maxwell Football Club President, Ron Jaworski, announced the 2013 Semifinalists for the 77th Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year and the 19th Chuck Bednarik Award for the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year. The respective lists include a field of 16 candidates for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards as selected by the Maxwell Football Club National Selection Committee.
Chuck Bednarik Award – Semifinalists:
Kyle Van Noy
Sam has also been named as one of 18 standouts to the mid-season watch list for the 2013 Ted Hendricks Award.
The Hendricks Award goes annually to the nation’s top defensive end, and is named after Ted Hendricks, who became college football’s first three-time first-team All-American at Miami, Fla. in the late 1960s.
Lynn Ratkey represented the Indiana Mizzou Crew in Columbia.
Leadership Weekend at Mizzou offered an opportunity to meet alumni and students from around the country.
Thursday night brought Alumni Association Student Board (AASB) members together with alumni in the field for a networking session. Students learned how to introduce a topic for discussion with alumni (what to say in an elevator) and this alum learned that the competition for student leadership positions at Mizzou starts as a freshman on campus!
Friday brought new alumni faces together to discuss Alumni Association goals for the upcoming year:
Partner with the 16 Schools and Colleges
Combine annual giving and membership
Participation in the One Mizzou campaign
The goal is to have 45,000 Alumni memberships for 2014. At this time, only 17% of living alumni are members of the association, although we have over 270,000 living graduates. What I found interesting was that Mizzou magazine goes out to ALL the graduates of the university, whether they are active members of the association or not.
The Alumni Association is looking for ideas to get young alumni (5 years out and less), working graduates on campus, and legacy parents (parents of students on campus) involved and active with the Association in special ways.
Gary Link gave us an update on the state of athletic affairs, citing academic integrity, social responsibility and competitive excellence as his office’s goals. We have 11 women’s teams and 9 men’s sports teams. Our facilities are in upgrade mode (with all of the cranes in place). Currently we have 10,000 members contributing to the Tiger Scholarship Fund.
One of the most interesting sessions was meeting with Dr. Ann Korschgen, who is charged with Enrollment Management. Currently, we have the 2nd largest freshman class with an average score of 25.7 on the ACT exam. Mizzou was the fastest growing public college from 2001-2011. We have a six-year graduation rate of 70%. The campus population is made up of 27,000 undergrads, with a total enrollment of 35,000.
Essentially, she explained to us that with the birthrate falling in the Midwest, we need an increased presence in out-of-state markets as well as the tuition that those students bring to Mizzou! We are seeking high ability students in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Texas with recruitment representatives in Chicago, Dallas and Minneapolis. We have four recruiters out there, with Alabama having 35! Obviously they are trying to turn their athletic successes into academic futures! In an effort to stand out, Mizzou’s out-of-state Mark Twain scholarship has risen to $10,000, for eligible high school seniors that are in the top 50% of their class and a score of 27 on the ACT or 1220 on the SAT. Currently in Indiana, we have 66 students attending Mizzou.
Looking forward, Mizzou will be celebrating its 175th anniversary February 11, 2014! Watch for activities the entire year of 2014!
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – James Franklin orchestrated two lengthy touchdown drives and added another score on the ground in the second half to help Missouri break open a 41-19 win over Arkansas State in wet conditions Saturday night.
Missouri scored 21 points in the final quarter to finish their nonconference schedule with a 4-0 record.
Franklin led drives of 94 and 87 yards after his team trailed 16-14 with 11:31 remaining in the third quarter. The Tigers failed to convert any of their first four third-down opportunities and only possessed the ball for 9:12 in the first half.
Bryan Davis kicked a 33-yard field goal with 7:31 left in the game to pull his team within 27-19 but it couldn’t get closer. He also converted from 41, 21 and 44 yards and has made all seven of his attempts this season.
Missouri only ran 25 plays in the opening 30 minutes Saturday, but Franklin got things going in the third quarter with a 13-yard pass to L’Damian Washington on a third down at Missouri’s 36-yard-line to keep the team on the field. After Franklin ran for 18 yards to the Arkansas State’s 17-yard-line, he found Washington in the corner of the end zone from five yards out for a 20-16 lead.
Missouri held the Red Wolves to a 3-and-out on their subsequent possession before Franklin flipped the ball to Henry Josey for a 1-yard touchdown run with 13:25 remaining for a 27-16 advantage.
Franklin then scampered for a 9-yard score and Marcus Murphy added a 3-yard run after an E.J. Gaines interception to finish the scoring. The Tigers finished with 495 yards of offense, including 239 rushing yards and 256 through the air.
Missouri played most of the game without senior cornerback Randy Ponder, who became the second Tiger this season to be ejected for targeting with 5:50 remaining in the first quarter. Ponder led with his helmet in a tackle on McKissic, resulting in a 15-yard penalty that gave the Red Wolves the ball at the Missouri 39-yard-line and set up a 21-yard field goal by Davis for a 6-0 lead.
Arkansas State looked like it would take the halftime lead when it drove 95 yards to the Missouri 2-yard-line within the final minute. But the Tigers stuffed David Oku twice, setting up a 3rd-and-1 situation. With no timeouts and 14 seconds remaining, Kennedy threw to Oku well behind the line of scrimmage for a 22-yard loss after being pressured by Markus Golden. Time elapsed, and Missouri escaped with a 14-13 lead.
With two of the nation’s most efficient quarterbacks and two of the nation’s top-10 scoring offenses on the same field in Bloomington, Ealy showed the college football world why defense still matters.
The 275-pound defensive end leapt up late in the first half, plucked Nate Sudfeld’s throw out of the air and sprinted 49 yards for a score that changed the game and led unbeaten Missouri to a surprisingly easy 45-28 victory at Indiana.
“It changed momentum going into the half,” Ealy said. “The crowd got out of the game for a little bit there and that kind of gave some momentum to our offense to get out and just run the ball and try to score on them.”
While Tigers fans certainly enjoy seeing touchdowns pile up and all the eye-opening stats, they’ve also learned to appreciate having one of the nation’s most opportunistic defenses.
Ealy’s interception extended Missouri’s streak of consecutive games with a turnover to 33. It was the second time in two games that a Missouri defensive lineman scored on an interception return, and this time, even the high-scoring Hoosiers couldn’t recover.
There was plenty to celebrate other than Ealy’s big play for the Tigers.
Missouri (3-0) won in Bloomington for the first time since 1953 and ended an eight-game winless streak against the Hoosiers in the first matchup between these schools since 1992.
Coach Gary Pinkel, who installed this wide-open offense and turnover-hungry defense, won his 93rd game since coming to the school 13 years ago. He is now tied with Dan Devine for the second-most wins in school history, trailing only Don Faurot (101).
And after having a 300-yard passer, two 100-yard runners and a 100-yard rusher for the first time in school history Aug. 31 against Murray State, the Tigers were proficient again against the Hoosiers. This time, James Franklin threw for 343 yards and two touchdowns while running for another score, two receivers topped the 100-yard mark and Russell Hansbrough ran 13 times for 104 yards, closing it out with a late 45-yard TD run.
Yet it all changed after Ealy’s remarkable catch and laboring touchdown trot to take control.
“The kid just sat on the pass,” Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said. “A lot of teams will teach, just get your hands up. So we made an adjustment we probably shouldn’t have done.”
The interception ruined Indiana’s comeback bid. The Hoosiers (2-2) had rallied from a 14-0 deficit to tie the score and were moving back into scoring position after allowing Franklin to score on a 1-yard TD run that gave Missouri a 21-14 lead.
Things were never the same.
Over the next 24 minutes, the Hoosiers managed only two first downs and punted four times – the same total they had in the previous three games, combined.
“It (the interception) did a lot for us, it really uplifted us and we were excited,” Franklin said after going 32 of 47 with two interceptions.
Things weren’t supposed to be this tough on a night Indiana’s cool-looking chrome-striped helmets sparkled in the lights and the school honored the 1993 Independence Bowl team.
But the Hoosiers weren’t themselves.
Sudfeld, who entered the game seventh nationally in passer efficiency, wound up 21 of 39 for 229 yards with one TD and three interceptions before giving way to Tre Roberson. Cody Latimer caught eight passes for 136 yards and a score, while Shane Wynn added five catches for 90 yards and a touchdown. Wynn is the fifth player on Indiana’s current roster to top the 1,000-yard mark for his career.
Somehow, Missouri found a way to limit the Hoosiers, who had been averaging 50.0 points per game, to a season-low 28 – a number that would have been even lower if Roberson hadn’t thrown a 68-yard TD pass and scored on a 3-yard run in the final 11 1/2 minutes after Indiana had fallen into an insurmountable 38-14 hole.
“I think our defense really responded well and did some really, really good things,” Pinkel said. “I don’t think the score is reflective of how they played but overall a lot of good things.”
The first half was everything people expected.
Indiana and Missouri combined for 627 yards, 93 plays, six touchdowns and five interceptions.
After Ealy’s interception, Missouri methodically used up the clock, extended the lead and finally sealed the outcome on Franklin’s 14-yard TD pass to L’Damian Washington early in the fourth quarter.
“They put their hands up really well and so we knew we were going to have to throw through windows and have some awkward deliveries and stuff,” Sudfeld said of the Tigers’ defensive line. “He just made a really good play.”
James Franklin had nearly 300 yards of total offense, and Henry Josey ran for two touchdowns to lead Mizzou to a 38-23 win over Toledo. The win moves the Tigers to 2-0 for the first time since 2010.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – James Franklin made crucial big plays on consecutive scoring drives in the second half and Missouri pulled away from Toledo for a 38-23 victory on Saturday.
Missouri (2-0) led 24-23 after Toledo (0-2) scored its first two touchdowns of the year but Franklin’s 21-yard keeper set up Henry Josey’s second 1-yard touchdown run of the game which extended Missouri’s lead to eight.
The quarterback later had a 6-yard carry on fourth-and-3 and an 11-yard gain on third-and-9 to set up Marcus Murphy’s 8-yard run to conclude the scoring with 10:29 to go.
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel beat the school at which he’s a Hall of Famer and the career wins leader with the help of a few goofs by the visitors.
Toledos’ David Fluellen had 111 yards on 14 carries and 10 catches for 100 yards.
Markus Golden got a gift 70-yard interception return in the third quarter when the ball squirted out of Toledo quarterback Terrance Owens’ hands and right into his arms. Jeremiah Detmer hit three field goals in the first half, connecting from 24, 46 and 41 yards, but punted a low line drive into the back of a Toledo lineman, a 9-yard net to the Rockets’ 44 that gave Missouri a short field on the Murphy score.
Owens scored on a 4-yard keeper and hit Alonzo Russell for a 41-yard score, most of it on a sideline sprint that capitalized on blown coverage, in a span of 5 1/2 minutes in the third quarter to shave the deficit to one.
Attendance was announced at 56,785 in a game that began in 90-plus degree heat. Less than half remained for the finish.
Dorial Green-Beckham beat one-on-one coverage from Jordan Martin on a 9-yard touchdown catch with 1:14 to go in the half for a 17-9 lead. Missouri got a big stop in the other end zone to end the half, with Matt White intercepting a pass from Owens that was tipped.
Levi Copeland’s 51-yard diving reception at the 7, with three defenders in futile pursuit, set up Josey’s first 1-yard run.
James Franklin had nearly 300 yards of total offense, and Henry Josey ran for two touchdowns to lead Mizzou to a 38-23 win over Toledo. The win moves the Tigers to 2-0 for the first time since 2010.
The officiating crew needed alternate Chad Walker after umpire David Parker sprained his left knee in the first quarter.
COLUMBIA — Gary Pinkel brought his diminutive running back to the middle of the locker room Saturday night as his teammates gathered close.
Missouri had just completed a 58-14 victory over Murray State, and the joy and electricity that filled the room was largely because of that. The 61-year old Pinkel has been around long enough to know that wins never get old, and you never take them for granted.
But at that moment, considering everything Henry Josey has been through the last 22 months, he also knew that this was no ordinary victory, and he was going to make sure everyone knew it.
“I’ve been coaching 35 years, and it’s a team game, it’s all team, we all know that,” Pinkel began, stretching a football high in the air with his right hand. “But we have a teammate here who battled his self back. Nobody knows, except you guys, what he went through to do this. He had a lot of people helping….he’s a hell a guy, I’m just so proud to give this to your teammate, Henry Josey!”
With that, the room exploded with a loud “heeeeey!” as teammates swarmed a grinning Josey, the football tucked under his arm. Pinkel said it was the first game ball he has ever given out — a special moment for a special person. Here Josey was, rushing for a team-high 113 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries against the Racers, when 22 months ago, in a game against Texas, he’d shredded his knee so badly many wondered whether he’d ever play again.
“His courage, his determination, his guts and heart and will to come back when so many people said he probably couldn’t do it, it was great to see him do those things,” Pinkel said.
The fact the injury happened toward the end of Josey’s breakout sophomore campaign was particularly devastating. He’d rushed for 1,168 yards and nine touchdowns and seemed to establish himself as a potential NFL prospect, only to see it potentially stolen away on a running play down the sideline in which he took an awkward fall and somehow tore his left anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and patellar tendon.
When something like that happens, Josey said, fighting the doubt that lingers mentally is almost as tough as fighting your way back physically.
“There’s a little nerves about getting out there and wondering if you can actually do it again,” Josey said. “But I kept having fun the whole game. That made everything go smoother.”
On a night full of highs for Josey — who received a warm round of applause during his pregame introduction and after his first carry — perhaps nothing was as satisfying as the moment he finally showed everyone, perhaps even himself, that the injury didn’t rob him of his juice.
It was the third quarter, and Missouri led comfortably 44-14. On first-and-ten, Josey took a handoff from quarterback Maty Mauk and raced 68 yards down the sideline for a touchdown that put the Tigers ahead by 37. Josey even eluded a pair of defenders near the same spot he got injured.
“No, I didn’t think about it at all — I was running for my life,” Josey said with a grin. “I knew I had a guy coming, and one behind me. I just had to get the angle.”
Pinkel, for one, knew there was no way Josey was going down when he broke into the second level.
“When he scored that touchdown, I said there’s no one that would catch him, and they didn’t,” Pinkel said. “And the whole football team went down there” to celebrate. “Everybody. So you don’t think this guy is important to my team? It’s a really cool thing to see. It was neat because they embraced him in there and honored him for all he’s done.”
Indeed. After Josey reached the end zone, he pointed to the heavens — he said he was simply thanking God — and was swarmed by teammates congratulating him.
“I was a little upset, because I told him I wanted him to score when I was in there, just like sophomore year,” senior quarterback James Franklin said with a laugh. “But I was really excited for him, seeing him run down the sideline. That was really cool.”
It was clear how much the moment — not to mention the reaction he got when he received the game ball — meant to Josey, too.
“I love all those guys, I love Coach Pinkel to death,” Josey said. “It just shows how much support I have. It just shows how close of a family we are.”
If the smile on his face and the words he spoke didn’t hammer that point home, the game ball he’d just gotten – which was safely tucked under his arm while he patiently answered reporters’ questions after the game — did.