WR Damon Hazelton Announces Transfer to Mizzou From Virginia Tech

There’s plenty to be excited about on the offensive side of the ball for coach Eliah Drinkwitz as of late, and especially after a big announcement on Saturday afternoon.

Virginia Tech Hokies wide receiver Damon Hazelton took to Twitter and announced he was going to be making a change.

This will be a great addition, as Hazelton will bring three years of consistent experience to the table. Certainly a working part for the Hokies, he will now help the Tigers in their quest for another SEC East division championship.

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Worst Hit of the Year: Travis Sailo Tries to Hurt Mizzou’s Kelly Bryant

In one of the worst displays of sportsmanship seen in college football this year, Troy Trojan senior defensive tackle Travis Sailo went for Mizzou quarterback Kelly Bryant’s left leg from behind in Saturday’s game.

Making matters worse, Sailo clearly hold on to his leg and follows through with the very illegal move. He returns to the sideline to laugh about it with his teammates.

The only intention a player has when making such a move, is to hurt the player he’s trying to tackle.

Some fans pointed out that Sailo’s Twitter account currently accepts Direct Messages without him following you, which isn’t likely to last long after the coward gets to his phone.

The Mizzou Report will keep you updated on reaction and coming disciplinary that will be taken against Sailo.

What’s Happened to Mizzou and Will They Recover

So, let’s no try to get cute on this thing all of a sudden. It’s not good.

Mizzou football in its freshman season under former player Barry Odom, has turned up a complete dud of a season in a league division that’s already judged by many to be on the level of Mountain West teams.

If you look at what the team is putting together on the field, it’s a shameful offense of limited leadership and no consistency, coupled with a defense that hasn’t lived up to its potential. Serious injuries have also put a damper on longer short-term hopes of some kind of revival.

Coaching is certainly under question, but only one season in it’s hard to say he’s under fire or anything like that. While Odom does have his share of those who disapprove in how he’s done so far, the overall consensus is that he needs another year or two to show what he can do.

I’m not going to get as political about this as you might think and blame things on the happening from last November, but that obviously didn’t help matters. The team just isn’t very good.

Drew Lock has absolutely no pocket presence. He’s quick to hurry and make a bad decision if defenders can just get close to him. Tackling has become a joke on the other side of the ball, and with the emotional leader Michael Scherer out for the rest of the way, look for someone to hopefully step up and take charge.

Another reason that this team isn’t as successful is that they aren’t as close. Even before their unexpected SEC success in 2013, the Tiger football team had a sense of togetherness and family that wasn’t artificial, and it was helping them win games. It started with Gary Pinkel, but Odom won’t have a problem getting these guys together, once he gets nestled into place.

The answer is time, Mizzou needs it to rebuild. These are ugly words to some, that we will have to hear for some time before we begin to see winning ways again. Time will have to be invested in ideas, the ideas will have to be acted on and then hopefully the ideas pan out into things that make Tiger football a winner again.

BREAKING: Texas Longhorns 2005 National Championship Trophy Shattered

Mizzou Report has obtained exclusive information about the most prized trophy in the Texas Longhorns’ illustrious case, their 2005 BCS National Championship trophy.

Former Longhorns coach Mack Brown, musician Jack Ingram and actor Matthew McConaughey run a yearly fundraiser in Austin, Texas for their group MJ&M.

But during this past spring, an MJ&M event turned into a horror situation for Texas officials. At the request of Longhorn players, the 2005 championship trophy was brought to the event in order to sell photo opportunities to donors.

After photos had concluded, the trophy was removed from the event floor. It was then taken to the back-of-house area, where it was on guard by an NCAA official.

At some point after a brief time in the back, the glass football that adorned the top of the trophy fell and shattered on the ground.

Employees of the venue hosting the event were forced to sign a gag order that they would never talk about the incident.

It’s not known at this time exactly how the trophy was knocked over, or who may have done it. Mizzou Report can now confirm that it was not McConaughey who may have broke the trophy, because he was on stage at the time of the accident.

Texas used to clean up on Saturdays when they played Mizzou in the Big 12 Conference, but as the toxic league spirals toward foreclosure, it’s only fitting that news of their greatest achievement over the last several decades has gone kablooey all over the floor.

Drew Lock Clearly Not the Answer for Mizzou Football

You can’t start out your defense with, “It wasn’t pretty, but,” and then transition into supplying all the excuses you can think of to support Drew Lock. It doesn’t work anymore.

This wouldn’t be an issue, except you can see the clouds gathering if you have an eye on the liberal barometer. The same cast of disconnected kids with a degree who write about Mizzou football, seem to all be rushing to Lock’s defense even before the game was half over.

The guy who likes to go by Oscer Gamble from Rock M Nation couldn’t be a more mindless dingleberry in his analysis; no particular data point provided, “Drew Lock is not the problem.” Really? Because the way you say it makes me think you’re already aware that he is the problem.

Same thing from Matt Michaels of KTGR when he said, “Can’t see Lock grading out better than Zanders unless you use a curve.” Curve what?! Zanders hardly even had an opportunity to throw the ball! I mean seriously, are you being paid for what to say? That is unfortunately a serious question.

This is just the tip of the problem now for Mizzou. The offense—although I am judging from the first game—has become completely comfortable with the same Larry Smith-style screens that got him fired.

If that wasn’t bad enough, every fan’s worst nightmare was revealed when Ish Witter got somewhere in the area of ten thousand carries. Sitting in the visitors section of Milan-Puskar Stadium, I heard many fans plead multiple times, “Please don’t hand it to Witter again,” only to be sitting with their hands over their face seconds later.

Most people are trying really hard to church everything up. But this Missouri team (not just the offense) is a huge turd that no one will be able to polish…at least on its current track. Alex Ross was “meh” at best behind an awful offensive line. Chris Black looked good, but his potential wasn’t realized since offensive strategy chose to focus on being the 1999 team.

Essentially, what happened to Missouri was the absolute worst-case scenario. Yet, because of professional persuasion, everything is allegedly going to be just fine…if Lock is the quarterback and people stop realizing he is the problem.

In the author’s opinion, the one-sided onslaught from those named, as well as anyone who works under Joe Walljasper at the Columbia Daily Tribune, has been the problem since the feminist-led protests on campus. (Whole other piece coming out on this subject soon, you won’t want to miss.)

So where does Mizzou go from here? Barry Odom coached a very tough game against a good team. He made decisions like attempting to score at the end of the half, which was refreshing. But his product on the field was 100% shameful, there’s no other way to put it.

Mizzou is going to have to find an offensive identity, and fast. I understand that the players have to play within themselves and their abilities, but if being an FBS player in the SEC means that you’re cool with just bubble screening and Ish Wittering your opponent to death, then someone turn on the Sun Belt or something.

In any event, I’m sure the normal cast of clowns will dig deep to try and defend Lock to the death, but I’ve been talking about how Marvin Zanders needs to be the other guy since he arrived on campus. Now it’s clear that he needs to be the primary guy, but his haters will help the rest of the SEC.

FOX Loses Grip With Reality on Odom Gun Rule

In yet another sad attempt by the ‘highly-trained in liberal tactics’ press, Lindsey Foltin of FOX–among others–have decided to report on Mizzou head coach Barry Odom’s reiteration of a rule that has been standard for seasons, be used as a potential fulcrum point of social division and claims of injustice.

Let’s get something straight; I believe in gun ownership. No surprise there. But why do people own guns? Why should people be allowed to own guns? It is to protect their families and themselves from immediate and personal danger. There is no Mizzou student-athlete who should ever–at this juncture in their lives–be putting themselves in a situation where they would need to use a gun to protect themselves.

Once you have moved on to a point in life where football is not your primary focus and you are not under the watchful eye of the highly structured NCAA system, then yes, I can see you owning a gun.

But the point here now isn’t at all the gun issue, it’s yet again someone on Mizzou’s campus having to defend themselves because of the political nonsense sprinkled in. And you’d think the local press would have a backbone? Not when the whole lineup of clowns that the Tribune and Missourian offer might as well have come out of a Melissa Click class.

The fact is that former coach Gary Pinkel had this rule in place as well, and it makes sense. But don’t look for that to stop the easily-programmed and sent-into-rage anti-gun crowd of writers, who are now undoubtedly foaming at the mouth to pound away at a social issue they they feel they will get a feather in the cap for writing about. So much for journalism.

Best of luck to you this season, Coach Odom. We’ll be pulling for you.

Did J’den Cox Just Announce He’ll Play Football for Mizzou?

Mizzou senior wrestling star and bronze-medal Olympian J’den Cox was met in Columbia by a mob of fans as he returned, which moved to campus where there was a ‘welcome home’ themed event and an autograph session.

Cox has been blown away and humbled by the media attention, as well as the response from his hometown of Columbia, Mo. in cheering him on during his time competing in Rio. But it was Cox that blew away those in attendance with what he said.

“The new plan is to play football for the University of Missouri after I get done with wrestling here for a year,” Cox told a room of spectators and journalists that included ABC17’s Andrew Kauffman.

“The rule here is you can play a sport for four years, and then your fifth year, you can go and play another one.”

Cox’s explanation strongly indicates that he has had some degree of planning and communication about such a move, but those affiliated with the team didn’t have any immediate reaction.

You can bet fan support for Cox’s decision would be strong as he was an exceptional linebacker for the in-town Hickman Kewpies. His entrance right when standout senior Michael Scherer would be departing the program, might be just what the Tiger team needs on the second layer.

You can guarantee that this story is just getting rolling. Stay close to the Mizzou Report for updates into a potential roster spot for Cox.

Top 10 Pinkel-Era Moments

In honor of coach Gary Pinkel coaching his final game in front of his home fans, I decided to put together a list of some obvious and some not-so-obvious moments that helped define the Pinkel era. Enjoy.

No. 10: 21-14 win Vs. Arkansas, Nov. 28, 2014

It was the game that introduced the Arkansas rivalry back to Columbia. It was the game that saw Missouri secure its second SEC East division title in as many years. The win against Arkansas was gritty, and sent the Tigers to Atlanta for the second year in a row.

No. 9: 36-12 win Vs. kansas, Oct. 26, 2002

It wasn’t just that Pinkel was able to secure a win against kansas when all else was going bad in the 2002 season, but after the big win against our traditional rival, the players went and tore down the goalpost by themselves. Amazing moment to have seen, and certainly one for Pinkel to remember.

No. 8: 41-31 win Vs. Oklahoma State, Jan. 3, 2014

In what was an exhibition of defensive skill from Kony Ealy, Shane Ray and Michael Sam, one of the truly amazing games of the 2013 bowl season was played at the Jerry dome in Texas. Ray has the highlight of his career in that game and quarterback James Franklin got to go out a winner. Pinkel scored a big W against a former Big 12 foe, adding to SEC credibility.

No. 7: Debut of Brad Smith, Aug. 31, 2002

Mizzou fans flat out didn’t see it coming. They might have heard the name Brad Smith on the radio or from a buddy who really follows the team, but absolutely no one saw a true freshman come out and have such success against the reigning co-Big Ten Champs. Smith came out with another level of competition, and brought a serious run threat to the Tiger offense. 2002 would go on to be a rough season overall, but it would build the Tigers off of the ground and in to general conversation.

No. 6: 36-27 win Vs. Oklahoma, Oct. 23, 2010

ESPN College Gameday rolled in to Columbia for the first time, only for their 9+ year attendance record to be surpassed by the 18,000 that showed up to support Mizzou on Homecoming. The crowd remains a record. As for the game, Aldon Smith had an epic interception, but it was a team effort that brought a win over the No. 1 ranked team in the BCS, undoubtedly one of the greatest moments ever for Pinkel.

No. 5: 38-7 win Vs. Arkansas, Jan. 1, 2008

Tony Temple might still be running at the old Cotton Bowl. There was no answer for Chase Daniel and the Tiger offense in one of the most historic games ever for Mizzou football. On the other side of the ball, Heisman Trophy winner Darren McFadden was rendered absolutely useless against the stout Tiger defense. Pinkel was at the helm of a team who looked really good, and it was all his doing, a crowning moment for him professionally.

No. 4: 28-21 win Vs. Texas A&M, Nov. 30, 2013

Pinkel had some impressive wins over Texas A&M in the Big 12, but who could have ever dreamed that his biggest win against the Aggies would come in the SEC? And to win the SEC East, no less? Well, reality took hold on a huge night for Tiger great Henry Josey, who ran for the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter. Texas A&M brought Johnny Football to town, but Mizzou won its first division title in the SEC, a moment for the books of Missouri history.

No. 3: 41-24 win Vs. Nebraska, Oct. 11, 2003

It was THE win that…finally happened. After a childhood of not knowing what victory over Nebraska was like, Pinkel did it. And don’t let one Nebraska fan or pro-Big 12 guy try to cheapen this and say, “Well it wasn’t against Nebraska when they were really good…” because that’s malarkey. Nebraska was a top-10 ranked team and had the nation’s No. 1 defense at the time, total “blackshirt” era. It may have been the single greatest win, but No. 3 on this Pinkel countdown.

No. 2: No. 1 BCS ranking into Final Week, Nov. 25, 2007

It’s territory that many fans probably never even dreamed Mizzou could be in. Going into the final week of play in the season, the Tigers were ranked as the No. 1 team in the country in the only poll that mattered. This wasn’t some sort of preseason off-shoot, this was as real as it got. Unfortunately, Mizzou couldn’t get it wrapped up against Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Game. But the moment is one that is the product of tireless work from coach Pinkel.

No. 1: 36-28 win Vs. kansas, Nov 24, 2007

Organizers that put together the Border War Showdown had no idea that ESPN Gameday would end up featuring the event. They also had no idea that it would become arguably the greatest moment in Mizzou history. The Undefeated and nationally ranked jayhawks were in line to play for a conference championship and national championship. That was all ruined in one night, in one game by a team coached by Gary Pinkel. It only amounts to one of his wins on paper, but will account for many more for years to come. Without question, the greatest Mizzou moment in the Gary Pinkel era.

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Football Player Strike Shows Solidarity of Family

It’s not one of the easiest decisions you can make, especially if you’re in your senior year. But sometimes social issues become more important than the game that athletes are involved in.

The strike on Saturday night by many of the Missouri players is a powerful statement by a group dissatisfied with how University of Missouri system President Tim Wolfe has handled racially tense issues over the past several months. Wolfe’s response has been to apparently not handle the issues at all.

But important to point out here is this: there is 100% positive support in everything surrounding this. No school administrators are condemning the move, no coaches are getting upset, players are supporting it, the media isn’t basting them as quitters during a down year. The strike has a very serious purpose and connection to many across campus, and it being done the right way.

Meanwhile, no word yet from the University on a potential move to replace Wolfe. Students continue to protest, which includes one man’s hunger strike that has gone on for several days now.