href=””>#MizzouMade fans packed The ZOU on October 25 for the 103rd homecoming as the Tigers defeated the Vanderbilt Commodores 24-14. Mizzou is credited with the founding of Homecoming, and thousands of Mizzou alumni come back to Columbia every year to cheer on their beloved Tigers.

“Mizzou Made is all about tradition. I’ve been coming back for 15 years and seeing the program keep getting better every year,” said one Mizzou alum.

The theme for this year’s Homecoming was “Celebrating Our Stripes” and Mizzou Athletics coordinated the first ever tiger-stripe game where fans were encouraged to wear either black or gold depending on their section in the stadium.

While Mizzou Football head coach Gary Pinkel instills a family atmosphere in the program every year with his players, #MizzouMade fans are just as important to the Mizzou Football Family and the success of the program.

“#MizzouMade to be me means being part of a family. I went to undergrad here and I’m in grad school now. I love Columbia. It’s my second home,” said a current Mizzou grad student.

#MizzouMade fans will once again be packing The ZOU this Saturday, November 1, as the Tigers take on the Kentucky Wildcats. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. CT and can be seen on the SEC Network. Fans can follow Mizzou Football on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook and listen in via Tiger Network radio affiliates for updates throughout the game.

Mizzou Nation is also encouraged to pack the quad from 8-11 a.m. Saturday for the filming of SEC Nation, the SEC Network’s traveling pregame show. SEC Nation, in its inaugural year, is visiting Columbia for the first time with hosts Tim Tebow, Paul Finebaum, Joe Tessitore, and Marcus Spears. Coach Pinkel is scheduled to appear on the show at 9 a.m.

“Those who win in November will be remembered.”

The Mizzou Football family will keep this quote shared with them by head coach Gary Pinkel in mind as they kick off in the first game of the month on Saturday, November 1, in a high-performance Nike uniform combination.

When the Mizzou Football seniors decided on the uniforms for each game of the season back in August, they chose the gold jerseys and lightweight anthracite grey pants for their matchup against the Kentucky Wildcats. The fresh look will be completed with the alternative matte black helmet with the gold tiger head.

“It‘s a unique combination,” says senior defensive lineman Matt Hoch. “Usually you’ll see black on black or gold on black so I really like it. It’s a different look and something that I think will appeal to the fans.”

Since the new Nike uniforms were revealed in 2012, Mizzou Football has had a variety of fierce combinations, and the players love wearing these uniforms just as much as the fans love seeing them.

Kickoff against Mizzou Football’s SEC division rival Kentucky is set for 3 p.m. CT this Saturday, November 1in The ZOU. The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network. Fans can follow Mizzou Football on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook and listen in via Tiger Network radio affiliates for updates throughout the game.

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Mizzou Football (6-2 overall, 3-1 in SEC play) concludes its two-game home stand on Saturday as it hosts the Kentucky Wildcats in The ZOU.

SEC Nation, the SEC Network’s traveling pregame show, will be making its first trip to Columbia, Mo., this weekend. Host Joe Tessitore alongside Tim Tebow, Marcus Spears, Paul Finebaum and reporter Kaylee Hartung will report on the sights and sounds of the Tigers against the backdrop of the University of Missouri’s famous Columns. The show will be live from 9-11 a.m. CT, and fans are invited to visit the show’s set at Francis Quadrangle starting at 8 a.m.

Evan Boehm, Bud SasserMizzou enters the weekend on a two-game win streak after grinding out a 24-14 win over Vanderbilt last Saturday.

Playing in November

Saturday is the first of November, and as the old adage goes, “Those who win in November will be remembered.” It’s a saying that Pinkel espouses every year with his team, and his message has gotten through in recent seasons. Mizzou is 21-7 in the month of November from 2007-2013 and has won four conference divisional championships in that span (2007, 2008, 2010, 2013).

Difference Makers

Three Tigers to watch in Saturday’s contest are Bud Sasser, Matt Hoch and Braylon Webb.

Sasser’s two touchdown performance against Vanderbilt was the second of his career, and the senior’s 40 catches on the season are tied for the second-most in the SEC.

Hoch is coming off one of the best performances of his career, as he set new career highs in tackles for loss (2.5) and sacks (1.5) to go along with six tackles. After coming to Mizzou as a tight end, Hoch is in his third year playing defensive tackle and is a big reason for Mizzou’s success in stopping the run this season.

Braylon WebbWebb ranks third in the SEC in interceptions, and he has come down with three in the last two games.

In addition to the three playmakers above, also keep an eye on the Mizzou rushing attack. Marcus Murphy and Russell Hansbrough each ran for more than 85 yards last week at a clip of over 4.5 yards per carry. Mauk complemented the backfield duo with 67 yards of his own on seven quarterback keepers.

Kickoff for the Mizzou-Kentucky game is set for 3 p.m. CT and can be seen on the SEC Network. Mizzou Football will post live updates on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook throughout the game, and fans can also listen in via Tiger Network radio affiliates.

SEC Nation will be filming on The Quad on Mizzou’s Campus on Saturday, November 1 at 9 a.m. CT ahead of Mizzou Football’s game against Kentucky. Live shots will begin at 8 am

SEC Nation is the SEC Network’s traveling pregame show. Each week, Tim Tebow, Paul Finebaum, Joe Tessitore, Marcus Spears, and Kaylee Hartung travel to different colleges in the SEC for game days. The cast and crew report on everything from players and coaches to tailgating.

The college football show has made its rounds at schools down south since the beginning of the 2014 SEC football season. The show is known for its prime locations. This week, the set will showcase the columns as its backdrop.

Mizzou Football fans are encouraged to come out to the Quad at 8 a.m. to be a part of the show and witness the all-star cast break down the Mizzou versus Kentucky game that is set to kick-off at 3 p.m. CT. in The ZOU.

Mizzou Head Football Coach Gary Pinkel will be on set at 10:00am.

The game will air on the SEC Network. For updates throughout the game, fans can follow Mizzou Football on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook and listen in via Tiger Network radio affiliates.


COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Missouri is saddened to announce the loss of John Kadlec, who passed away early Wednesday morning in Columbia at the age of 86.

Kadlec, known affectionately as “Mr. Mizzou” to most Tiger fans, earned that moniker because of his long-standing dedication to his alma mater that spanned more than 50 years as a player, coach, administrator and broadcaster.

Director of Athletics Mike Alden:

“John Kadlec was a special person.  He was one of those rare people who made everyone feel special. The way he could light up a room was really something to see.  He loved Mizzou so much and was such a blessing to those of us who had the good fortune of being part of his life.  I worked closely with Coach on many issues over the years, and he never hesitated to be direct, supportive and straightforward. His honesty and candor were his trademarks.  I’ll always treasure my time with him and his family.  There will never be another person like John Kadlec.  We will miss him.”

He first came to Mizzou from his native St. Louis, Mo. to play football for Hall of Fame Coach Don Faurot in 1947.  After earning his degree from MU, he stayed on as a graduate assistant coach for Faurot, and he coached the freshman team until 1954 when he moved up to varsity, where he served through 1969.  After a stint at Kansas State from 1960-66, Kadlec returned to Mizzou to serve on the staffs of Dan Devine and Al Onofrio, coaching from 1966-77 on the Tiger sideline.

After his coaching days ended, Kadlec returned to Kansas State as Director of Development, before coming home to Mizzou in 1986 as Director of the Tiger Scholarship Fund, and he was a fixture in Columbia ever since in numerous roles for Athletics, most closely associated with fundraising.

Head Football Coach Gary Pinkel

“Coach was such an amazing man, he was an absolute treasure for anyone who knew him.  For me personally, he was someone I could always talk to, he always had some great wisdom to share, and he was always there for me in the toughest times.  He was a ball coach, plain and simple, and he loved Mizzou with all he was worth.  It’s hard to put into words how much he’ll be missed.”

In 1995, Kadlec entered an exciting new venture almost accidentally, when he became the color analyst for Mizzou Football games on the Tiger Radio Network as an emergency replacement when the spot came open unexpectedly just days before the season opener.  At the request of former Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione, Kadlec joined Mike Kelly on the call for what he thought would be a one-game stint that ended up lasting 16 seasons in all, until he put down the microphone after the 2010 season.

Kadlec was a 1996 inductee into the MU Athletics Hall of Fame, and in 2005, the grass practice fields behind the Mizzou Athletics Training Complex were named in his honor.

Mike Kelly, Voice of the Tigers and longtime broadcast partner

“I can’t imagine a more dedicated servant to the University of Missouri than John Kadlec.  He was such an impressive man, all the years he devoted to Mizzou and to the football program he loved so much, and the impact he had on the lives of thousands of people, including me, was just amazing.  He was a devoted husband, father, and friend to so many.  It’s heartbreaking to lose him, but somebody like Kaddy will never be forgotten.”

Coach Kadlec’s visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, October 31, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Columbia. The mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 1, at Our Lady of Lourdes with lunch to follow.

Tiger fans are invited to share their memories of Coach Kadlec by visiting the Mizzou Athletics Facebook page.

Gary Link, Special Assistant to the Athletic Director, and longtime office mate

“Coach Kadlec touched many people in his life and everyone he touched he made them feel special.  I will always remember his ‘crooked smile’ and the twinkle in his eye, and he will live in my heart forever.”

Dr. Brady J. Deaton, former MU Chancellor

“John was such a lovely individual who brought such a positive force to his interactions with everyone.  I don’t care what the day brought, he lifted everybody up with his love for life and his unbridled optimism.  His knowledge of football was naturally beyond reproach, but most important for Anne and I was how John always put his family first.  We’ve lost a powerful force for the entire University, no question, not just for Tiger Football.  He’ll be dearly missed.”

days at Mizzou are a chance for students, alumni, and Columbia residents alike to get into the college football spirit, and Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin is no exception. Since joining the university early this year, Loftin has immersed himself in the university culture, and that includes cheering on the Tigers.

For Mizzou Football’s 103rd Homecoming game against Vanderbilt on Saturday, October 25, Loftin was “mic’d up” to give fans who haven’t had the chance to meet him a look at what his game day looks like. From the Chancellor’s Tailgate outside The ZOU to the stands, Loftin mingled with black and gold-clad supporters, cheered alongside Truman, and tested his “selfie” skills with painted-up fans in the student section.

When he came across a group of boys donning Mizzou jerseys, Loftin asked, “I’ve got a big question for you: Do you all want to be Mizzou Tigers someday?” When they responded yes, and Loftin simply replied, “OK, that’s the right answer.”

Although he’s new to the university, Loftin appears to be #MizzouMade already.

Mizzou Football fans and alumni now have the opportunity to buy a framed panoramic picture of The ZOU from the 103rd homecoming game. Mizzou Football came away with a 24-14 victory over the Vanderbilt Commodores in the Saturday, October 25 matchup, and Mizzou Football fans had a victory of their own: participating in The ZOU’s first-ever “tiger stripe.”

To successfully create the tiger stripe effect in The ZOU, Mizzou Athletics encouraged fans to wear black or gold depending on their seating section. The effort was in keeping with Mizzou’s 103rd homecoming’s “Celebrating Our Stripes” theme. Photographer Robert Pettit captured the spirited scene.

The 13.5-by-40 inch print costs $29.95 and is available on

Fans can catch Mizzou Football back in action this Saturday, November 1 as they take on the Kentucky Wildcats in The ZOU. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. CT and can be seen on the SEC Network. Mizzou Football will post live updates on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook throughout the game, and fans can also listen in via Tiger Network radio affiliates.

The newest edition of “This Week In Mizzou Football” will feature Head Coach Gary Pinkel, who will be joined by senior wide receiver Jimmie Hunt as this week’s special guest. Hunt, a Cahokia, Ill. native, has found the end zone a career-high five times so far this season, on the strength of 20 receptions for 264 yards (also a career high).

This week’s show will air at 6 p.m. Thursday, October 30, on Fox Sports Midwest and again at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, November 1,. on KOMU. Check every week for updates regarding when and where to watch This Week in Mizzou Football.

Pinkel and the Mizzou Football Family will welcome the Kentucky Wildcats (5-3 overall, 2-3 SEC) to The ZOU on November 1 for the team’s 6th home game of the season. SEC Nation, the SEC Network’s traveling pregame show, will visit Columbia for the first time on Saturday. The filming will take place on Francis Quadrangle from 9-11 a.m., and Mizzou fans are encouraged to arrive by 8 a.m. The show travels to a different SEC matchup every Saturday, featuring hosts Joe Tessitore, Tim Tebow, Marcus Spears, Paul Finebaum, and Kaylee Hartung.


“No one man is bigger than the team.”

In a team sport, no star athlete can exist without the rest of the group. Though star players may be valuable assets who have a special ability to get a fan base energized, as a whole, these talented individuals find their identity on the front of the jersey they wear — not in the name on the back. Good teammates give their full ability for the success of the family, not just for themselves. The best teams are made of people who are always willing to put the collective group efforts first.

To be a great player is to make a commitment to the team and be accountable to your teammates. All great organizations are marked by desire to achieve something extraordinary. There is nothing that compares to the camaraderie of a team working together towards a common goal. This is what separates the exceptional teams from the mediocre: They win as a team and lose as a team.

In order to be a true team player, one must exhibit these five characteristics:

  1. Gives 100 percent
  2. Shows courage on and off the field
  3. Makes no mental mistakes
  4. Cares about the team above all else
  5. Demonstrates loyalty to all

There is a constant growth that comes with trying to make yourself a better team member and leader. There are always areas in life to improve and mature. It is crucial to evaluate your life goals and choices in order to grow.

The components of being a committed team member are:

  • Being academically responsible
  • Having a great Work Ethic
  • Maintaining a positive Attitude
  • Being unselfish
  • Being committed to the team mission and value system

Sometimes, being a leader means taking a subordinate role for the success of the team. Are you willing to sacrifice for your teammates? If not, you may be a hindrance instead of an asset. Winning teams have players who put the good of the team ahead of themselves.

The quote says, “No one man is bigger than the team.” These words stay true throughout years of tryouts, practices, and championships. When a player gives his all mentally, physically and emotionally and not for himself, but for others, then a team can move mountains and succeed as one.