The Mizzou Football Family gave a group of youngsters the experience of a lifetime on Saturday at the Tiger Youth Football Camp.

Current and former Mizzou Made stars led young Tiger fans (from grades 1-8) through football drills at The Zou during the fun-filled, six-hour event.

Senior receiver Bud Sasser and safety Kenji Jackson (2008-2011) were among the instructors helping campers improve their skills in areas such as passing, catching, and tackling. The kids also took pointers from safety Ian Simon, offensive lineman Andy Bauer, defensive lineman Lucas Vincent, wide receiver Darius White, and punter Christian Brinser, among other Tigers. These current and future Tigers ran offensive and defensive drills, as well as toured the Mizzou Athletic Training Complex.

The day didn’t end without the Mizzou players giving the kids an awesome parting gift or two, as they stuck around for an hour following the camp to autograph footballs, T-shirts, and posters, and other items.

Sean Weatherspoon, a Mizzou Made outside linebacker starting for the Atlanta Falcons, will host a youth football clinic June 6-7.

The 6-foot-2 Weatherspoon, who hails from Jasper, Texas, was a Butkus Award Finalist and the Valero Alamo Bowl Defensive MVP in 2008, his third year at Mizzou. While playing for the Tigers, he compiled 376 tackles (averaging an impressive 125 per year), 12 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 4 interceptions, and 2 defensive TDs in three years as a starter—not to mention a two-point conversion versus Murray State as a freshman.

Following his senior year at Mizzou, Weatherspoon was drafted 19th overall by Atlanta and quickly became a major contributor to a very good Falcons defense. In 2012 the team named him captain of the defense, thereby acting as quarterback of that side of the ball, receiving calls on the field.

The fooball clinic is for youngsters ages 8-15 and will take place in Sugar Hill, Ga., roughly 40 miles from Atlanta. Registration will commence at 5 p.m. on June 6, with the action running from 6 to 8 p.m. Drills will pick up again at 9 a.m. the next day and run until 1 p.m.

The cost of the camp is $50 if participants pre-register and $75 the day of the clinic. Visit for updated information.

The Tigers are well-known for giving back to the community that supported them during their time at Mizzou. And Tim Barnes is no exception. 

The Longwood, Mo., native is hosting the Second Annual Tim Barnes Football Camp this summer, where he will pass on the football know-how and prowess that made him a star at Mizzou to local youngsters.

The Mizzou Made offensive lineman was a selected for the second-team Academic All-Big 12 team in 2007, and he received the Team Underclassmen Leadership Award in 2009. He also helped Mizzou rank eighth nationally in total offense and sixth in NCAA scoring offense during his tenure.

Barnes later signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent before returning to the Show-Me State and joining the St. Louis Rams, eventually working his way up from the practice squad to starting at center.

On July 10 and 11, Barnes will be in Lincoln, Mo., with current NFL and Mizzou players showing kids the football ropes. The camp is open to kindergarten through fourth graders on July 10 and fifth through eighth graders July 11. The session will cost $30 before July 1 and $35 afterward. The camp will take place at the Lincoln High School football field from 6-10 p.m. both nights. Anyone with questions should contact Travis Jobe at 660-287-6483.

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November 28—Black Friday—will bring Arkansas to town for the first time in 108 years, setting up a nationally televised meeting between two prestigious teams with illustrious histories.

The last time these two squads squared off, Mizzou got the best of the Razorbacks, steamrolling them 38-7 in the 2008 Cotton Bowl. This win capped off the biggest highlight on Coach Pinkel’s resumé at the time, as Mizzou won 12 games for the first time in school history and was ranked No. 1 in the polls.

The last time Mizzou deviated from the Saturday-after-Thanksgiving tradition was over 60 years ago. Fans on Thanksgiving Day in 1950 were treated to a Don Faurot-led 20-6 win over KU to complement their turkey and afternoon naps.

The Razorbacks struggled mightily last season, as they lost their last eight games to finish 3-9 (including 0-8 in the SEC), finishing dead last in the West.

Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. CST on CBS.

The Tigers’ first appearance in 2014 will be August 30, when South Dakota State comes to The ZOU. Mizzou’s full 2014 schedule can be found here, with ticket information available here.

Evan Boehm, a junior offensive lineman, Maty Mauk, a redshirt sophomore quarterback, and Michael Scherer, a redshirt sophomore linebacker, decided to spend a warm and sunny Missouri summer day touring Mizzou’s beautiful campus in honor of everything it has meant to them during the duration of their student-athlete careers.

The trio fittingly started at the historic Tiger Walk Bridge, which they cross en route to making their way to the field two hours prior to every home game.

“We have fans, cheerleaders, band, the Golden Girls, everybody out here cheering us on and getting us ready for the game,” Mauk said.

The three then took the exclusive Mizzou Football golf cart to South residence hall, where all of the freshman football players live while attending their first year at our great school. Redshirt freshman tight end Jason Reese was then kind enough to give them a tour of his dorm room at South, all of which come equipped with desks and beds for two, as well as a walk-in closet and bathrooms that players share with their suitemates.

The threesome’s adventure progressed to Mizzou’s Greek Town, where they were received very warmly by our university’s sororities and fraternities.

“They get really festive in the homecoming, and they are very big supporters of Mizzou football,” Boehm said as they were driving through.

Stankowski Field, the proud site of the first ever homecoming in the world, was the next destination on the list.

“They have three fields, and a whole bunch of rec sports are played out here,” Boehm said as he and his compadres stood next to the track overlooking the turf field.

Stankowski was renovated last year at the same time as The ZOU.

The three then moved on to Cornell Hall, the impressive building that houses Mizzou’s Business School.

“This is where me and Evan spend most of our day going to class,” Scherer said. “It is home to the largest classroom on campus.”

After a quick visit to this classroom, the players headed over to the Student Center, where a great number of students spend a lot of their time hanging out and studying between classes. It was renovated in 2012 and offers a wide variety of products and services, from technology assistance to Mizzou merchandise, to plenty of tasty places to grab a quick bite to eat. Boehm himself has carved out time to relax at the Student Center.

“In the wintertime they have the fireplace turned on,” Boehm said. “You can sit by the fire and hang out, maybe read, study a little bit.”

The group then headed over to the Mizzou Store to show off a pretty snazzy shiny black-and-grey themed Mizzou football shirt that was designed by Mizzou Made quarterback and current Kansas City Chief Chase Daniel.

Mizzou’s Recreational Center was the next stop on the tour, which was No. 1 on Sports Illustrated’s list of recreational facilities back in 2005. Mauk certainly agrees.

“We have the nicest rec center in the country,” he proudly says. “We have 10 basketball courts. We’ve got three swimming pools. You go in here in the Grotto, we got a steam room and a sauna.”

Boehm also revealed that Coach Pinkel often treats the players and the coaching staff to a trip to the Grotto during fall camp.

“Some of us hang outside, some of us go inside,” Boehm said, “and just have a good ol’ pool day….and keep our mind off of football for a little bit.”

Mauk and Boehm also have a little rivalry going amongst themselves, and it has nothing to do with basketball or the Grotto.

“We play a lot of racquetball,” Mauk said. “And to this day he’s getting better, but he still needs practice.”

Boehm isn’t ready to concede to defeat to Mauk just yet.

“It’s my main goal before I leave here, is to beat Maty in at least two games of racquetball,” Boehm said. “Right now it’s not really working out too well.”

Mauk Boehm and Scherer then found themselves looking up at the towering prestige of Mizzou’s Memorial Union, another popular study area for students that also hosts many different events, ranging from campus ministry services to awards banquets. The building is comprised of two components, a north side (built after World War I to honor the 116 students who lost their lives during the conflict) and a south side (constructed following World War II to honor those fallen during that time as well).

Speaker’s Circle was a must-stop along the way, and the three made sure they didn’t miss it.

“It’s part of one of the seven traditions, is to stand right in the middle of the circle and scream ‘I love Mizzou’ three or four times,” Boehm said as the golf cart circled the circle.

Scherer then decided to give a demonstration of this tradition, while Mauk tossed a pass to a fellow student.

Shakespeare’s Pizza, another Mizzou staple, was calling the player’s names after a long day of touring the campus, so they all piled back into the golf cart to head down to the beloved pizza joint to enjoy an exceptional meal.

The threesome then traded some “M-I-Z”, “Z-O-U” chants with some patrons, and they cruised to the last, but not least, destination of the tour: the famed Mizzou Columns. The six pillars are one of the most historic landmarks in the whole state of Missouri and also hold the honor of being the second most photographed entity in the state as well.

“When you get here your freshman year, you run through the columns and you go get ice cream on the other side,” Boehm said. “It’s just a special tradition we have here at Mizzou.”

Anyone who saw these fine young men on this tour can surely come to one conclusion above all: This campus, this university—Mizzou through and through—is not just a place where they will receive an excellent education and accomplish great things out on the gridiron. It is, and forever will be, their home.

Next season, the Mizzou Tigers will play home games against Georgia, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Arkansas, and go on the road to face Texas A&M, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee.

These opponents were confirmed Monday when The Southeastern Conference announced a 12-year rotation of non-division opponents for SEC football schedules from 2014-2025.

The rotation will allow teams to continue playing an eight-game season against six division opponents and two non-division opponents.  One of the non-division opponents will be a permanent annual opponent and the other non-division opponent will rotate each season. Missouri’s rotating schedule is as follows:

2014 at Texas A&M

2015 vs. Mississippi State

2016 at LSU

2017 vs. Auburn

2018 at Alabama

2019 vs. Ole Miss

2020 at Mississippi State

2021 vs. Texas A&M

2022 at Auburn

2023 vs. LSU

2024 at Ole Miss

2025 vs. Alabama

University of Missouri center Evan Boehm has been named to the 2014 Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List. The list includes 64 of the best centers in Division I football that are expected to play well during the 2014-2015 season. One athlete will be chosen as the winner and recognized next January.

Boehm is a junior from Lee’s Summit, Mo. He has become a leader on the offensive line after transitioning from left guard during his first season to center in his sophomore season. In the 2012 season, he earned the Team Freshman of the Year award and the first and second Team Freshman All-American awards from College Football News and Fox Sports. This is not Boehm’s first time making the Rimington watch list; he was also on the 2013 spring and fall lists.

Three prestigious groups will vote on the trophy winner: the Walter Camp Foundation, Sporting News and the Football Writers Association of America. This individual will be honored at the Rimington Trophy Presentation at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Neb. on Saturday, January 17, 2015.

The Rimington Trophy, named for Dave Rimington, is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I-A College Football. Rimington was a consensus first-team All-America center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, where he became the John Outland Trophy’s only double winner as the nation’s finest college interior lineman.

“Pray for a good harvest, but keep on plowing,” – Anonymous

Any average Joe can open a dictionary, sweep through its pages, and find the definition of “persistence.” But there is more meaning to the term than a dictionary can give you.

“Persistence” is one of Mizzou Football’s most definitive words. It is the extra effort that separates the exceptional from the average.

Below is the complete explanation of what persistence means to the Missouri Football program. This not only defines the word, but it also offers the success of its application in your life.

Mis•sour•i [mi-zoo r-ee, -zoo r-uh] per•sist•ence [per-sis-tuh ns, -zis-]
1. The power to hold on in spite of everything
: The power to endure – the winner’s quality.
2. The ability to face defeat again and again without giving up
: To push on in the face of great difficulty, knowing victory can be yours.
3. Taking pains to overcome every obstacle
: To do what is necessary to reach your goals to win.

It can be difficult to be persistent when sportswriters and interviewers focus simply on whether you won or lost. You’re either a good guy or a bad guy, but that is what persistence is about.

Persistence takes the focus away from the performance and puts it on the process. If a play or decision didn’t work, you are NOT a failure. Bad things happening do NOT make you a failure. They were simply events, NOT reflections on you as a person. Everything that happens—good and bad—should motivate you to be persistent. Persistence isn’t just what we do; it’s a part of who we are. If we’re this type of person, it doesn’t matter what the score is, what our record is, or what obstacles are in front of us. We’re living a lifestyle that says, “We’re not giving up.” We have a plan, and we’re going to persist. Period.

Missouri persistency |-sē|noun

1890.: from the original impression of persistence in Mizzou Football dating back to its beginnings. From the verb persister, which is influenced by Coach Gary Pinkel and the rest of Mizzou Football staff.


Fresh off of an SEC Conference Division Title and 12-2 record—tied for the best record in the Coach Pinkel era—the Mizzou Football Family was ranked in the top 10 percent for Academic Progress Rate (APR) by the NCAA for the second year running, proving they mean business in the classroom as well. 

Mizzou is the only program in the SEC to earn this prestigious honor for the past two years, and one of only two SEC teams to rank this year. Pinkel’s tenure has been a symbol of academic prowess, as Mizzou has ranked at or near the top of these rankings for the majority of his tenure. 

Almost every player—97 percent to be exact—under Coach Gary Pinkel’s guidance has earned a degree from the university, or are on pace to do so this summer. Eleven seniors will play the upcoming season under the title of “college graduate.” Players listed below will graduate this month. (Find full commencement details here.)

The NCAA introduced the APR ten years ago to track the academic development and growth of the schools under its jurisdiction. The last four years for each institution make up the multi-year average for the most recent APR report, and schools are given points when their student-athletes graduate or maintain academic eligibility and return to the school the next semester.

Mizzou’s Total Person Program assists players in their studies with a complete collection of tutorial and life skills services. This program offers Mizzou’s student-athletes personalized assistance to cater to each individual’s unique academic needs and objectives.

Pinkel was very proud of the young men he’s coached, as he knows that succeeding on the football field means very little if you don’t do the same off the field as well.

“Certainly we’re very pleased about the recognition, it’s the standard that we expect at Mizzou,”he said. “When I talk to parents during the recruiting process, I look them in the eye and tell them that we’re going to help their son grow on and off the field, and that includes having him leave with his degree from Mizzou.”

Pinkel also praised Mizzou’s educational staff, by far one of the most critical components of high achievement in the classroom.