Missouri’s running back stable has been pared thanks to an off-field issue involving one of its members.
Barry Odom confirmed earlier Tuesday that Nate Strong has been indefinitely suspended from his football team. Other than unspecified violations of team rules, no specific reason for the punitive measure was given by the head coach.
Last season as a sophomore, Strong was fourth on the team and third amongst backs with 198 yards on the ground. His 5.7 yards per carry average was second on the Tigers, while his two rushing touchdowns were tied for second on the team.
A four-star 2016 Mizzou signee, Strong was rated as the No. 2 junior college running back in the country. He chose Mizzou over offers from, among others, Florida State, Michigan State and Ohio State.
The annual spring pruning of rosters continues unabated, with Missouri the latest to witness personnel attrition.
On his personal Twitter account Thursday, Trey Baldwin announced that, “[a]fter an emotional decision, it is best for me as an athlete, student, and man to better my situation and transfer.” The rising sophomore linebacker gave no specific reason for his decision to leave the Tigers football program.
A three-star member of Mizzou’s 2016 recruiting class, Baldwin was the fourth-highest rated defensive signee for the Tigers that year.
As a true freshman, Baldwin played in three games. Most of that action came on special teams.
Few things signal the transition from offseason into preseason quite like the annual gathering in Hoover, Alabama every summer that is SEC Media
Now we not only have the dates for the annual press tour, but who’s going on what day. The conference has released the full schedule for the 2017 edition of SEC Media Days and it goes as follows:
Monday, July 10
Arkansas’ Bret Bielema, LSU’s Ed Orgeron, Tennessee’s Butch Jones
Tuesday, July 11
Florida’s Jim McElwain, Georgia’s Kirby Smart, Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen, Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason
Wednesday, July 12
Alabama’s Nick Saban, Kentucky’s Mark Stoops, Missouri’s Barry Odom, Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin
Thursday, July 13
Auburn’s Gus Malzahn, Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze, South Carolina’s Will Muschamp
Things are still subject to changes between now and mid-July but it’s pretty safe to start making plans if you want to hang out by the escalators in the lobby. The names of the players from each school who will be attending have not been announced yet, but that news should come out later in the summer.
At first glance, it seems like a pretty jammed week. New Tigers coach Ed Orgeron leads off on Monday while SEC East favorites Florida and Georgia headline Tuesday (and don’t discount Dan Mullen getting asked about Ole Miss issues either). The conference king and local legend Nick Saban will be the attraction on Wednesday while Gus Malzahn, Hugh Freeze and Will Muschamp bat cleanup on Thursday.
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.