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Mizzou in talks to play at Busch Stadium

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Amongst the latest and greatest fads to hit college football has been the neutral site games in pro baseball venues. Tomorrow, Army and Notre Dame will face off at the new Yankee Stadium, a match-up which will undoubtedly conjure up so much nostalgia of years gone by that Beano Cook may very well soil is Depends.

Additionally, Northwestern and Illinois will play in Wrigley Field tomorrow at noon. Well, half of it, anyway. The ivy-laden confines of Chicago’s finest facility will host its first football game in over 70 years, but as JT reported earlier today, will feature only one usable endzone.


Logistical shortcomings aside, it now appears that Missouri could find itself in a neutral site game at a major league venue. More specifically, Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

This season marked the final game in the foreseeable future between Mizzou and Arch Rival Illinois (see what we did there?), which was played in the Edward Jones Dome, home of the St. Louis Rams. As a result, there has been rumored interest between the University of Missouri and the St. Louis Cardinals to establish another neutral site game in the city.

St. Louis Sports Commission president Frank Viverito said initial talks have been held, but no concrete plans have been made regarding hosting a game in Busch Stadium.

“It’s something we’d like to do, and it’s something that both Mizzou and the Cardinals have shown interest in,” said Viverito. “It’s kind of hard to get a date and a game that works. It’s something we think could be a great event, especially looking at a match-up that probably wouldn’t fill the dome.”

If a game were to be held at Busch Stadium, it would likely be in September, although Viverito said there would be obvious scheduling conflicts with the St. Louis Cardinals that would need to be addressed.

Former Texas A&M WR Thomas Johnson arrested on murder charge

Thomas Johnson
Associated Press

A very disturbing story has emerged out of Dallas, where former Texas A&M wide receiver Thomas Johnson sits in a Dallas County jail cell after allegedly admitting to hacking an unsuspecting jogger to death with a machete.

Just before 8 a.m. Monday, authorities say Johnson went to White Rock Creek Trail, a popular jogging trail in northeast Dallas, and randomly slashed a jogger to death. “It appears Mr. Johnson picked this victim at random. Absolutely random,” Deputy Chief Rob Sherwin told the Dallas Morning News. “He just attacked him. … It’s just very unusual. It’s quite shocking.”

Johnson then walked away from the scene in search of a cell phone. An onlooker had already dialed 911, and when police arrived Johnson allegedly told them there was a man “laying down with a sword in his head and not moving.”

“I just committed capital murder,” Johnson said and then repeated, according to his arrest affidavit. The only motive police reported was that Johnson was angry at his situation in life at the time of the slaying.

The victim, an unidentified male between the age of 25 and 35, passed away at a nearby hospital.

Johnson, meanwhile, remains in a Dallas County jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Johnson was a highly-regarded member of Kevin Sumlin‘s first recruiting class at Texas A&M. As a true freshman in 2012, the Dallas native caught 30 passes for 339 yards and one touchdown through the Aggies’ upset of then-No. 1 Alabama and then simply… disappeared. He went missing for three days in November 2012 before turning up back home in Dallas. His mother told the San Antonio Express-News last April Johnson would like to return to college football, but a return to the game never materialized.

No punishment from SEC for Bielema’s sideline interaction with Alabama player

Bret Bielema

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema will not be disciplined by the SEC office for his brief interaction with Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson last weekend. A video showing Bielema exaggerating his interaction with Robinson at the end of a play was reviewed by SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, and the commissioner has discussed the situation with the Razorbacks coach.

“I visited with Bret over the phone on Monday and we discussed the play that has now become widely reviewed through a brief video clip,” Sankey said in a released statement. “Football is played in an intense competitive environment and I reminded him of the need for head coaches to resolve with their own players issues that may arise, which was his intent. The unsportsmanlike penalty assessed on the play was not directly associated with Bret’s efforts to intervene at the end of the play and we are moving forward in a positive manner.”

That appears to be the end of the discussion regarding Bielema’s act. I personally think there should have been some more done here by the league’s commissioner, but we will see if Bielema avoids putting himself in a similar position moving forward.