“Whatever you do, don’t do it halfway.” – Bob Beamon

At Mizzou Football, we believe that players and coaches have a choice to be two kinds of people: a want- to-be or a champion. The only person who has the power to decide which you will be is yourself.


NO DRIVE– Does not care whether he wins or loses. Goes with the tide.

KNOW IT ALL– Never listens and will not accept new ideas. Rebel, griper. Works by himself. Has excuses.

MOUSE– High on self-doubt. Always kicking himself. Does not know how to compete.

FOLLOWER– Will go with the crowd and generally behind them. Never tries to lead. Lacks self-initiative.

A WATCHER– If there is an accident, he watches or runs away. Worried about what people think. Afraid to fail.

CORNER CUTTER– Cuts out tough part of practice. Always has excuses. Coasts.

HYPOCHONDRIAC– A muscle grabber – always has an injury. Never works out consistently.

COMPLAINER– Gives up easily and is easily distracted from the job at hand. Will look good when competition is not of high caliber and will look bad in the big game or when things get tough.

QUITTER– Cannot stick to the end. Easily distracted. Starts many jobs, finishes few. Unreliable. His favorite statement when faced with adversity is, “Here we go again.”

Those who possess the above characteristics have chosen to be want-to-be’s. They have not worked toward being a champion. A champion is a person who possesses the following characteristics.


AMBITION– Desire for high goals. Hates to lose. Cannot stand failure. Puts goals above ability.

COACHABLE– Takes advice and is easy to coach. Eager to learn. Easy to approach. Follows rules and directions.

AGGRESSIVE– “First place belongs to me” type. Asserts himself. Great competitor. Dying to be the best.

LEADERSHIP– Shows the way and sets a good example. Respected by team members. Mixes well. Others follow his example and take his advice.

TAKES CHARGE– Will take over when things go wrong. Under pressure, he does something about the problem. Often a hero.

HARD WORKER– One of the first to practice- the last to leave. Does extra work. Never misses workouts and follows instructions. Self-starter!

PHYSICAL TOUGHNESS– Develops toughness byt gard work. In great shape. Keeps training rules and trains year around. Leads conditioning.

MENTAL TOUGHNESS– Develops toughness by hard work. In great shape. Keeps training rules and trains year around. Leads conditioning.

PSYCHOLOGICAL ENDURANCE– Stays with job until the end. Will do his best against top competition. High endurance all season. Reliable. Accountable to teammates. He will finish the job.

Only putting in half your effort will always lead you to be a want-to-be. The only way to be a champion is to give the task at hand everything you’ve got. It is never too late to choose to be a champion; the choice is yours. Who will you be?

The Mizzou Football Family visited the Missouri National Guard for a weekend of leadership training at Camp Clark on Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28, 2015 in Nevada, Mo.

Football hit the Tiger Grotto at the MizzouRec for a cool-down in the pool after morning workouts on Friday, June 26, 2015 in Columbia, Mo.

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past; we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you. We are in charge of our attitudes.” -Charles R. Swindoll


This passage written by author Charles R. Swindoll truly embraces Mizzou Football’s approach to attitude. We are not able to control what happens in life. We are not able to control what happens in football. Whether on the field or off of it, we have no control over the circumstances that may fall upon us. What we do have control over, however, is the way in which we choose to deal with these circumstances. When faced with a tough loss, an injury, a bad play, the only thing we can do is choose to be positive. Choosing a positive attitude will allow us to face the situation in a more constructive, effective manner. No matter the situation, no matter the circumstance, we must make the decision to be positive; we must choose a winner’s attitude.

SEMO, UConn and Mississippi State games all selected for ESPN family broadcast

COLUMBIA, Mo. – ESPN and the Southeastern Conference announced game times for 32 college football games this fall and three Mizzou football games were selected to air on the ESPN family of networks. The Sept. 5, season-opener against in-state foe Southeast Missouri is set for a 3 p.m. CT kick on SEC Network (alternate channel) and Mizzou’s contest vs. UConn on Sept. 19 is set for 11 a.m. (CT) on ESPNU. Both nonconference games will be played at Memorial Stadium in Columbia. Lastly, Mizzou’s Thursday night game against Mississippi State at Memorial Stadium on Nov. 5 is slated for an 8 p.m. CT kick in from of a national ESPN audience.

With the announcement, Mizzou now has game times for five of 12 games this fall as the Sept. 12 contest at Arkansas State will air on ESPN3 at 6 p.m. And of course, the State Farm Battle Line Rivalry at Arkansas will kick at 1:30 p.m. on CBS on Nov. 27.

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“Each one of you had to sacrifice for this family. Each one of you had to go out and earn it. It was never going to be given to us.

It’s that passion of a Missouri Tiger that causes our fans to fill The ZOU. That enthusiasm you bring to the games is what brings this state together on a Saturday.” – Gary Pinkel

Season tickets for the 2015 season in The ZOU are on sale now.


along with incoming freshman quarterback Drew Lock as he moves into his residence hall with teammate Cam Hilton on Friday, June 5, 2015.

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky

It is often easy to let the thought of failure prevent us from taking chances, competing our best or trying something different. However, you cannot win without a fight. Some fights may be easier than others, but to win you must always compete. When faced with a tough opponent or a difficult situation, it is important to make the effort to take the risk and work hard to win the fight. Mizzou Football players and coaches place great importance on facing adversity with a winning mindset.

Adversity comes to us all- it’s only a matter of when. The real question is not whether we’ll face adversity, but how we’ll respond to it when it comes. If our attitude is one that embraces learning and growing, we’ll treat adversity as a stepping-stone to the success we desire rather than seeing it as an insurmountable obstacle. But if we have a negative attitude, becoming defensive at the first hint of criticism or blaming others for our mistakes, we’ll miss the opportunity to develop into the types of people we want to be. We have to make the most of both the positives and the negatives. There will be days when everything goes right and there will be days when it all falls apart. We will have stretches in life where really good things happen and other stretches when we cannot even remember those good things. Other times, we will have a mixture of the two. So, we must be prepared to face adversity.

Have a plan. If you get hurt on the field, you have to learn how to handle it. You have to work on rehabbing your injuries. If you want to get back into playing condition, you have to come back not only physically, but also mentally. When a tough loss comes your way, you have to handle the media scrutiny and the feelings that accompany criticism. If you move to second team, you have to work through those changes and try to win back your starting spot. Have a plan to deal with the adversity and the success you will face in life.

It is important that we learn from adversity so that we can take the necessary steps to grow and apply the lessons it taught us. After a loss or a disappointing performance, go back to the problem and analyze it. Ask what you can learn from it, figure out how to do it right and how you are going to visualize doing it right the next time.

Remember, the fact that you didn’t achieve the desired outcome doesn’t mean you are a failure. It simply means that the plan you had in place didn’t work; you have to get better. When things don’t go your way, back up and start over. Learn what you can do to improve. Get back in the game.

The 30-minute Mizzou football special will air on SEC Network 10 times in June.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The SEC Network is set to air its Mizzou Summer Football Tour, a 30-minute special on Mizzou football, 10 times throughout the month of June, beginning Friday (June 5) at 7:30 p.m. (CT). The show is hosted by SEC Network’s Anthony ‘Booger’ McFarland and Laura Rutledge and features plenty of interviews with Mizzou coaches and players as they preview the 2015 season.

Below is the complete list of SEC Network air times for the Mizzou Summer Football Tour so fans can set their DVRs or watch live.

June 5 – 7:30 p.m.
June 6 – 12 a.m.
June 6 – 1 a.m.
June 6 – 4 a.m.
June 6 – 5 a.m.
June 7 – 8:30 p.m.
June 8 – 12:30 p.m.
June 11 – 11 a.m.
June 17 – 11 a.m.
June 20 – 2:30 p.m.

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Young Mizzou Football fans visited The ZOU on Saturday, May 30, 2015 to learn football skills from coaches and players. The next youth camp is Sunday, July 26. Fans in grades 1st-8th can sign up on ABCSportsCamps.com/MizzouFootball.