Not only is Josh Moore switching schools, but he is also switching positions.
Moore, who played defensive line for Missouri, will join the Sam Houston State football program in the FCS, where he will now play on the offensive side of the football at the tight end position. Moore shared his transfer news via Twitter.
Moore announced his decision to transfer from Missouri last month. Rather than sit out a year to play at another FBS program, Moore will be eligible to play right away for the FCS program. Moore still has two years of eligibility remaining, and he would be able to transfer to an FBS school in 2018 if he wanted to use his final year to return to the FBS level.
Although he will be playing a new position in college, Moore has experience at the position from his high school years. The former two-way player draw the eye os coaches and scouts at tight end and defensive end before ultimately being settled into playing defense for the Tigers.
Things may not be going so well for the Missouri football program, but the school is taking steps forward in renovating Memorial Stadium. A day after the athletics program submitted a proposal for funding for an architect that will be charged with handling the stadium upgrade, the Missouri Board of Curators has granted its approval. Missouri has hired architectural firm Populous for the job.
Populous has handled other projects at Texas A&M, and Kansas State among others and is currently working on projects at Oklahoma and Penn State as well.
The board approved the proposal by a count of five-to-one according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. By doing so, the board approved $4.31 million for design costs, which has already been raised by the school. The university is looking to raise $96.7 million for the project and according to the St. Louis newspaper nearly half of that sum has already been raised through donations and fundraising efforts.
While this is one step forward for the potential renovation to the football stadium, the final approval from the board will have to be granted at a later vote in June once more plans come together.
“It allows for further fundraising reducing the potential bonding needs for the project, and will allow for further refinement of the costs of the project, including potential savings prior to the project being brought to the board for approval in June,” Missouri chief audit executive Ryan Rapp said.
The “secret” is now officially out.
In very early August of last year, Walter Brady was dismissed from the Missouri football program for what was described as violations of unspecified team rules. Unbeknownst to most, the defensive end found a new collegiate home shortly thereafter.
In a story posted to their official website Tuesday night, Middle Tennessee State revealed that Brady had transferred to the school last September from Mizzou; his addition to the roster had not previously been announced As Brady sat out the 2016 season while enrolled in classes at MTSU, he’ll be eligible to play in 2017 as a redshirt junior.
Brady had actually committed to MTSU and head coach Rick Stockstill while in high school before flipping to Mizzou.
“For Coach Stock to find me and offer me a chance to come here under his mentorship and under his coaching staff and to be able to build myself as a man and athletically, it meant a lot,” Brady told the team’s site. “It showed the coaching staff believes in me.
“It was a rough transition at first, but I finally got settled in towards the end of last semester. It’s like being home – MTSU and I have a lot of history. The coaches jab at me every now and then about not coming here in the first place. But it’s a blessing to be here now.”
After redshirting in 2014, Brady started nine games at end as a redshirt freshman the following season. His seven sacks were tops among all freshman nationally, while his 12.5 tackles for loss were tops amongst that class in the SEC.
For that, he earned consensus Freshman All-American honors.
With his latest hire, Barry Odom is keeping it all in the family.
Missouri announced Friday morning that Odom has hired Brian Odom to be his outside linebackers coach. Brian Odom is, of course, the younger brother of the Tigers head coach.
“I’m excited to have Brian join our staff, he will be a great fit for us in a variety of roles,” a statement from the elder Odom began. “He has an understanding of the defensive structure we’re going to run, he’s been around it extensively his last couple of years at Washington State, and he and I have spent a lot of time together personally prior to that studying and sharing defensive philosophies. He’s got a great mind for football, and he has a strong background in leading, mentoring and motivating players to improve themselves and attain goals.
“I know what I’m getting with Brian, and I know the opportunity to be back at Mizzou means a lot to him.”
Odom’s first coaching job came as a graduate assistant for Gary Pinkel in 2005. He comes back to Mizzou after a two-year stint at Washington State. This will mark Odom’s first on-field job at the FBS level.
Breaking: The SEC has a lot of money.
The conference announced Thursday it collected and subsequently divided $584.2 million in revenue during the 2015-16 fiscal year. Each school received an average of $40.4 million, which leaves around $18.7 million for the conference office.
That number represents a sharp spike from recent years, a 286 percent increase since 2008-09.
“Each of our institutions sponsor from 16 to 22 intercollegiate athletics teams and offer their student-athletes in those sports the highest level of commitment to their athletics and academic experience,” SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement. “This distribution from the SEC helps our universities’ athletics programs continue to fully support broad-based opportunities for thousands of female and male student-athletes in all sports.”
According to a copy of the SEC’s tax return obtained by CBS Sports, television and radio revenue grew from $311.9 million in 2014-15 to $420.1 million in 2015-16, a growth made possible by SEC Network. Postseason revenue also grew from $162.8 million to $180.6 million, thanks to the College Football Playoff.
The 2015-16 fiscal year also represented Mike Slive‘s swan song as commissioner, for which he was paid nearly $4.2 million. New commissioner Sankey made $1.2 million for the year.