Monday, September 13, 2010
Take note Jayhawks, The Missouri Football knows how to handle a cupcake on it's schedule. Saturday evening in Columbia, the Tigers took apart the visiting Cowboys from McNeese State. The Tigers controlled this game from the opening kickoff - beating their Div 1-AA foe by a score of 50-6. The six points for McNeese were scored in the 4th Quarter when Head Coach Gary Pinkel had finally called off the dogs - I think the water boy and team managers were playing by this time.
Missouri also found a new running back to work into the rotation. True Freshman, Henry Josey had a break out game filling in for the injured Kendial Lawrence. On his first touch, he ran for 34 yards down the sideline. Josey ended the day with 112 yards on only 7 carries with 3 TDs. The Tigers now have three viable options at Running Back in Josey, Lawrence, and De'Vion Moore. Mizzou Quarterback Blaine Gabbert also had a field day completing his first 15 passes on his way to a 26 of 31 day for 220 yards and a TD. His completion percentage set a single game Tiger record. Former quarterback, T. J. Moe solidified himself as the team's leading receiver with another double digit reception game.
Meanwhile, former Missouri Team Captain, Derrick Washington was arrested again Sunday morning. He was taken into custody at his residence on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic assault. He posted $1000 bail and was released. It seems Coach Pinkel was absolutely correct in cutting this guy loose as soon as possible. It's a damn shame.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
On Wednesday, the Missouri Football Program announced the permanent suspension of Starting Tailback and team co-captain Derrick Washington. Washington was the leading rusher the last two seasons for the Tigers. This all stems from a Class C Felony Deviant Sexual Assault Charge. I don't want to get into details, but Washington is displaying the offending (allegedly) appendage in the picture to the right. The incident is alleged to have happened on the morning of this past June 19th. Though Washington will not touch the field again for Mizzou, he will be allowed to retain his scholarship if he remains enrolled in the University.
This is a somewhat surprising move for the program to remove a player who has not yet been convicted of a crime. Either Missouri officials know more about the incident than the rest of us, or they are assuming no resolution will be met in time for Washington to play this season. I applaud them for their quick decision, and for not revoking his scholarship. With the other legal problems facing members of the Tiger football program, this incident cannot linger on to further tarnish Coach Gary Pinkel's outstanding reputation or serve as a distraction for the team.
Missouri opens their season Saturday at 11:30 against the Fighting Illini in St Louis. Sophomore Kendial Lawrence and Junior De'Vion Moore will pick up the slack at tailback.
Monday, August 30, 2010
For the fourth time this month, a member of the Missouri Football Program is facing legal trouble. Early Sunday morning, Beau Brinkley, a reserve tight end, long snapper, and Kearney native, was arrested in Columbia on suspension of drunk driving and illegal window tint.
August started with a DWI arrest for assistant coach Bruce Walker (nice example). Personally, I believe he should have been fired immediately. A couple of weeks later, Will Ebner, one of Mizzou's returning Linebackers and likely starter was also arrested for drunk driving. A troubling pattern for MU Football was already emerging when we learned last week that leading rusher and starting tailback Derrick Washington had been suspended indefinitely by the team. We discovered a few days later that a restraining order had been granted by a woman who says Washington Sexually assaulted her. No arrest has been made or charges filed in that case.
The events of this last month are unusual for a Missouri Football program that has been disciplined in the past. Head Coach Gary Pinkel needs to send a strong message to his players and coaches that this will not be tolerated. Missouri will have enough trouble on the field this season as they have been plagued with injuries as well. If nothing else, Mizzou nation can always be comforted by the fact that KU still sucks!
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