January 2010 Archives

Catie Wilson's Weekly Update

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Each week, the MUTigers.com blog will feature a weekly update from one of the Tiger volleyball players, updating their training throughout the spring. First up on the volleyball blog is Tiger middle hitter Catie Wilson. Wilson finished the 2009 season as the Big 12's seventh-most efficient hitter. She also posted more kills last season than in her first two seasons as a Tiger combined. Below is her weekly update.

 

Bill Bergan Live Blog

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After what was arguably the track and field program's best indoor meet of the season last weekend, the team will head to Ames, Iowa, to hopefully build upon that momentum at the Bill Bergan Invitational on Saturday. Once again, MUTigers.com will offer a live blog that will recap each event and help bring the meet to fans that cannot be in attendance.  

So far this season, Mizzou athletes have set two NCAA provisional qualifying marks and one school record. Mizzou has also defeated Kansas, Colorado State, Wichita State and Air Force in scored meets this season. The Bill Bergan Classic will be another early season test for the Tigers as it is a scored meet. Continue reading this post to see the live blog, which will go live at approximately 10 a.m. (CT).

 

The first decade of this latest century featured outstanding successes by Mizzou student-athletes in all sports, both in the classroom and on the field of competition. Today, we celebrate the decade that was by paying tribute to the Mizzou Athletics All-Decade Team (2000-09), as selected by MUTigers.com. For each sport, a performer of the decade has been featured, as well as two to three honorable mention selections.

Tiger fans now have the opportunity to select their top male and female athlete of the decade, in a special fan vote. Vote now on the men's team, and you'll be directed to the women's vote next.

Have some input on the team? Feel one person's deserving of a spot more than someone else? Put in your two cents via the comments section below.

Baseball Send Its Own to the Hall

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Friday is an exciting day for Mizzou Baseball as some of its own are inducted into the Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame Ryan Fry and the 1964 Baseball Team will be part of the Class of 2009 that will be enshrined tonight.

Volleyball Announces Spring Competition Schedule

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The Mizzou volleyball program has announced its competition schedule for the upcoming spring semester. As some know, the spring season in volleyball is a lot like the spring football season. The team will go through strength and conditioning and is allowed to practice as well, giving the team a chance to prepare for the 2010 season. The 2010 schedule was just recently announced as well. The schedule is highlighted by a trip to Malibu, Calif., for the Pepperdine Invitational.

Adidas Classic Live Blog

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It's back! After two very successful weeks of doing a live blog at each of Mizzou track and field's home meets, the blog is hitting the road with the team this week for the Adidas Classic in Lincoln, Neb. The meet is the Tigers' first road trip of the indoor season.

Beginning today, the front page of mutigers.com has been changed in an effort to promote donations to the American Red Cross relief effort in Haiti, which has been devastated by a series of earthquakes.

Mizzou fans are encouraged to donate before and after the Women's basketball game against Baylor at 1pm and the Men's game against Nebraska at 5pm at Mizzou Arena.

For fans that cannot attend either game, the University of Missouri encourages fans to donate directly to the American Red Cross, by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or by texting "HAITI" to 90999 ($10 will be charged to your phone bill).

Gymnastics Climbing Up the Rankings

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The Tiger gymnastics team (4-0) has steadily moved up the polls the past two weeks from their preseason spot at No. 16. After the first week the team moved up just one spot to No. 15, currently, they are sitting at No. 13 after two weeks of competition. The team averages in the top 20 on all four events as well - No. 13 on vault, No. 7 on bars, No. 12 on beam and No. 20 on floor.

Gymnastics Lucky in Vegas? Not Really.

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Most people need a lot of luck on their side to leave Las Vegas a big winner. However, it was not luck that gave the No. 15 gymnastics team its big win on Friday night, it was pure determination, perseverance and talent.

MU-KU 'Border Dual' Live Blog

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Last Friday, the Mizzou track and field team opened its 2010 indoor season with a variety of great performances at the Missouri Invitational. In case you are wondering, several Mizzou student-athletes rank among the best in the Big 12, as you can see in the Big 12 weekly performance lists.

The weather outside may make it hard to believe, but we are just over a month away from the start of the Mizzou Baseball season. This Friday is the First Pitch Celebration, which is the annual event that helps kickoff the baseball season.

Tuesday News & Notes From the Hardwood

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News and Notes from around Missouri Basketball heading into the week of January 11.

The Big 12 Conference office has provided Mizzou with the final television ratings for the 2009-10 college football bowl season, and it's always interesting to dig into the "science" of TV ratings.  What the raw numbers show is that Mizzou's Texas Bowl appearance against Navy drew a rating of 2.47, which equates to roughly 2,444,617 households.

 

Now that the 2009 college football season has officially ended (and with it, the official NCAA stats are now finalized), I thought my first blog entry could touch on the record achievements by Tigers this past season.

A master list of all the NCAA and MU records either broken or tied is at the end, but before we get to that, I wanted to touch on a couple of things which stand out…

Women's Basketball Opens Big 12 Play

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After a 10-3 non-conference record to open the season, Women's Basketball Head Coach Cindy Stein and her squad opens Big 12 Conference action Saturday at Colorado (10-3) at 1 p.m. CT.

Fans not lucky enough to travel to Boulder can still watch the game, as FSN is airing the game live throughout much of the country. 

Game Day Primer vs. K-State

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Missouri Basketball is hosting Kansas State Saturday afternoon in the Big 12 Conference-opener for both clubs and with greater attendances expected throughout the Big 12 season Mizzou Athletics would like to remind fans of some new services offered for Saturday's game and throughout league action.

Missouri Invitational Live Blog

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The Mizzou Athletics Blog will feature live updates during the Tigers' first indoor track and field meet of the 2010 season - the Missouri Invitational, which will be held this Friday starting at noon inside the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse.

For those who cannot be in attendance, we hope to supply you with live updates on our live blog throughout the day Friday.

Bill Pollock, sports director of the Missourinet, visited with head Softball coach Ehren Earleywine last month for a preview of the 2010 season. Coach and reporter spent several minutes going over last year's success -- which ended in a trip to the Women's College World Series -- and looking ahead to this season.

Pollock also chatted with Chelsea Thomas, who agreed to pitch to Bill for a 3-at-bat sequence. Video of the entire interview comes after the jump. We won't give away what happened, other than to say Bill's body, if not his ego, is still intact.

Tigers Host Savannah State

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Hello Tiger Fans from Mizzou Arena. All is quiet on the main arena floor at 5 p.m., but Kimmie English has just arrived to get prepared for tonight's game against Savannah State.

There is a rumor it's snowing outside, but it's plenty warm inside Mizzou Arena. If all else fails, Kimmie said he would relinquish his locker room sleeping quarters if fans need a place to stay (he was kidding of course).

Missouri is looking to run its home court winning streak to 29 games tonight vs. the Savannah State Tigers. The visitors have been on the road for quite some time. They played a game at Western Illinois (loss) and drove straight to Columbia from Macomb, Ill., after the game.

In other news, Missouri's RPI is up to 70. In addition to its current winning streak, the Tigers got some help from Georgia who earned a rivalry win against #17 Georgia Tech on Tuesday evening in Athens.

There are three other games around the Big 12 tonight. Kansas hosts former Missouri NCAA Tournament foe Cornell at home and Iowa State hosts the Duke Blue Devils at the United Center in Chicago. Baylor vs. Morgan State in Waco, Texas, rounds out tonight's Big 12 schedule.

Mizzou Athletics welcomes participation on our blog and encourages you to interact with us often. We hope to provide a forum for dialogue among the many diverse voices of our university, and we encourage comments about the content you find here.

As I write, the men's basketball team is finalizing preparation for its game vs. Savannah State tonight at 7 p.m., but I wanted to give you some additional notes about some upcoming games.

By now, you've probably seen that we've announced a sellout of Saturday's Kansas State game. It's the first of the season, and comes on the heels of a large walk-up crowd of over 13,000 for last Saturday's Georgia game. We're excited for an excellent matchup of two solid teams for the Big 12 Conference opener.

We've received several angry e-mails from fans of both Missouri and Navy regarding the incident involving both bands at the conclusion of last week's Texas Bowl in Houston. Fans were upset that Mizzou showed "lack of class" in disrespecting the traditions of the Naval Academy; one even postulated that we had "hatred for the military" after a sequence in which both bands played simultaneously. While it should be noted that Mizzou has its own traditions that were interrupted as well, it is obvious that nothing could be further from the truth regarding disrespect for the military.

As is explained by Caitlin Carter in yesterday's Columbia Missourian, there was a misunderstanding between the schools.

Welcome to the first post of what we hope will be another forum for us to engage with our fans. This afternoon, we added blogging capability to mutigers.com, thanks to our friends at CBS College Sports.

We'll have much more in the coming days, weeks, and months. Go Tigers!

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