Pinkel will donate $1,000 and auction winnings to a local charity after each home game in 2016

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou Football head coach Gary Pinkel will give back to the local community this season as he will auction off his Nike Mizzou visors to benefit local charities. All proceeds from the auctions along with a $1,000 donation from Pinkel himself each week will be donated to seven local charities following Mizzou home games. The winner of each visor and that week’s charity will also win a VIP fan experience.

Following each home contest, Pinkel will list his Nike Mizzou visor on eBay and the bidding will begin. Each auction will last for three days with the visor and the VIP experience going to the highest bidder. The auctions will be held following all six home games and Mizzou’s neutral-site battle with BYU in Kansas City at Arrowhead Stadium. The VIP experience will include a tour of the Mizzou Athletic Training Complex (MATC), an autograph session with Coach Pinkel, a dinner at MATC and a look at Mizzou practice for the winner and the charity for that week.

To win this week’s visor and a Mizzou Football VIP experience, visit eBay to bid!

Winning is more than just talent. You could have a team full of incredibly talented athletes, but if even one has a slightly sour attitude, the team’s performance will suffer. This is the Law of the Bad Apple.

Law of the Bad Apple = Rotten attitudes ruin a team

  1. Attitudes have the power to lift up or tear down a team.

Some might think that talent is the end-all be-all of sports. But the reality is, a talented team is nothing without a positive attitude.

  1. An attitude compounds when exposed to others.

Unlike talent, attitude is contagious. People have a tendency to adopt the feelings and characteristics of those around them. If a teammate is humble, hardworking and upbeat, his teammates are likely to follow suit.

  1. Bad attitudes compound faster than others.

Unfortunately, bad attitudes are more contagious than good ones. Even if some teammates have positive attitudes, it only takes one bad apple to spoil the bunch. If one teammate is selfish, bossy or conceited, those negative sentiments will quickly spread to the rest of the team and hinder success.

  1. Attitudes are subjective, so identifying a wrong one can be difficult.

Bad attitudes can be hard to identify. You don’t have to be a criminal or immoral to have a negative attitude. Attitude is really about how a person feels, which gets translated to their actions. Here are six common bad attitudes that can ruin a team:

  • Inability to admit wrongdoing
  • Failure to forgive
  • Jealousy
  • Selfishness, or a desire to take all the credit
  • Critical of others’ performances
  • Talking negatively about others
  1. Rotten attitudes, left alone, ruin everything.

If left unaddressed, bad attitudes can cause dissension, resentment, combativeness and division amongst a team. It’s best to approach any bad apples and try to help them improve their attitudes.

These five truths should form the basis of your team’s positive attitude. But remember: Good attitudes don’t guarantee a team’s success, but bad attitudes guarantee its failure.

Mizzou Football Wide Receiver Richaud Floyd speaks with Mizzou Football Wide Receiver Thomas Richard about who would play him in the movie of his life, his favorite dessert, and what animal he is most like after the Mizzou Football scrimmage in The ZOU on Thursday, August 27, 2015 in Columbia, Mo.

href=”” target=”_blank”>Mizzou Network mic’s up Quarterback Coach Andy Hill during Fall Camp Practice. The Mizzou Football Team kicks off the 2015 season on Saturday, September 5, 2015 in The ZOU at 3:00pm. For all the latest on Mizzou Football,  follow the team on Twitter (@MizzouFootball). Be sure to like the team on Facebook (Mizzou Football) and Instagram (@MizzouFootball) as well.

Mizzou Football Wide Receiver Justin Smith speaks with Mizzou Football Wide Receiver Eric Laurent about his favorite superhero, his favorite genre of movie, and who inspired him to play football after practice in The ZOU on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in Columbia, Mo.

Games with Delaware State, Middle Tennessee round out the nonconference action


COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou Football has announced its finalized 2016 nonconference schedule, as announced Thursday by the University of Missouri Athletics Department. In addition to the already scheduled West Virginia and Eastern Michigan games on Sept. 3 and Sept. 10 of 2016, Mizzou has added home games against Delaware State (Sept. 24, 2016) and Middle Tennessee (Oct. 22, 2016).

“We’re very pleased to have the 2016 nonconference schedule finalized and certainly thank everyone we’ve worked with to make this happen,” said Executive Associate Athletic Director Bryan Maggard, who oversees football scheduling for Mizzou. “We also want to make sure and thank our fans for being patient as we work through future scheduling challenges related to conference transition.  We feel that this is a very exciting schedule for our fans and program.”

The game between Mizzou and MTSU will be the first of a three-game series agreed upon by the schools, with future games set for Sept. 17, 2022 in Murfreesboro and for Sept. 9, 2023 in Columbia.

All kickoff times and television information will not be established until a later date, and dates of games are subject to change, per potential television arrangements through the conference. The SEC schedule will be announced in the coming weeks to round out the 2016 schedule. Below is a look at the nonconference slate.


Sept. 3                    at West Virginia

Sept. 10                 EASTERN MICHIGAN

Sept. 24                 DELAWARE STATE

Oct. 22                   MIDDLE TENNESSEE

Less than two weeks remain before the two-time defending SEC Eastern Division champion Tigers kick off their 2015 season on Sept. 5 at home against in-state Southeast Missouri.  Tickets still remain for that game, and for the entire season at very affordable prices.  Those interested in learning more about 2015 tickets are encouraged to call the Mizzou Ticket Office at 1-800-CAT-PAWS (884-7297 locally) or visit online at

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Mizzou Football Wide Receiver Emanuel Hall speaks with his “big brother” DeSean Blair about the strangest thing he has ever eaten, the last movie he saw and how he wants to be remembered at Mizzou after practice in The ZOU on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 in Columbia, Mo.

MizzouMade is more than a simple phrase celebrating the efforts of past and present Mizzou student-athletes on the field. It’s a phrase that goes beyond the sidelines and embodies a culture of producing not only talented athletes, but also outstanding and prepared men and women.

Mizzou student-athletes have developed a tradition of academic excellence, resulting in an unprecedented graduation rate and countless successful careers. Head coach Gary Pinkel has captained a football program that boasts a top-5 academic progress rate in the nation since 2007 and top-3 in the Southeastern Conference each year since Mizzou joined the league in 2012. Mizzou football student-athletes work hard on the field, and they’re expected to work just as hard in the classroom. The program has graduated 97 percent of its seniors in the past five years and won’t be satisfied until 100 percent of student-athletes walk back through the columns with a diploma in hand. With that in mind, Mizzou is one step closer to that goal of 100-percent heading into the 2015-16 academic year.

The 2015 Mizzou football team will carry the tradition of academic excellence forward as every senior on scholarship is set to graduate by spring of 2016.

Ten of the 19 seniors have already earned bachelor’s degrees, including Cortland BrowningCorbin BerkstresserTaylor ChappellClayton EchardClarence GreenMitch Hall, Tyler HuntWesley LeftwichConnor McGovern and Brad McNulty. Six seniors – Evan BoehmKentrell BrothersRussell Hansbrough, DeAndre MckenzieNick Monaghan and Ian Simon – are scheduled to graduate this coming December. The remaining seniors, a group that includes Andrew Baggett, Kenya Dennisand walk-on Trei Walton, are all on pace to graduate in either the spring or fall of 2016.

Green, a standout linebacker during Mizzou’s back-to-back SEC East championships, effectively balanced life on the gridiron with his academic pursuits. He received a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management last May and plans to own his own hotel in his home state of Texas in the coming years. Green says graduating was possible through the services provided by Mizzou’s Total Person Program (TPP).

“The Total Person Program helped all of us out a lot by organizing tutors,” Green said. “Their whole focus is on us. They help us figure out what degree is best for us and help us achieve our goals. Graduating means so much to me. It represents the next steps of life and makes you feel like you’ve really succeeded.”

The Total Person Program is a service provided by the athletic department to aid student-athletes academically. By offering quality assistance to ensure excellence in the classroom, TPP can develop complete student-athletes who can handle the juggling responsibilities of college athletics and leave Mizzou poised for long and enriching careers.

“When all of us (coaches, academic staff, administrators) are working together to ensure that our student-athletes have the best experience in the classroom and on the field, our student-athletes work harder to become successful in all areas of their life,” said Tami Chievous, Associate AD for Academic Services. “They know that we care about their success and it is important to the Mizzou Family that they graduate from here.”

TPP strives to make an impact with Mizzou student-athletes immediately and the abundance of services are offered until each student-athlete graduates. The importance of academic achievement and graduation are stressed to recruits from the get-go. Once they arrive on campus, each member of the football team (and all Mizzou athletic programs) are assigned an academic mentor and several tutors to help them adjust to college.

At the conclusion of freshman year, the coaching staff works in coordination with TPP to individualize a plan that is specifically tailored toward the need of each and every student-athlete. Then, a team effort that includes commitment from staff, coaches and the student-athletes paves a path toward graduation. If a student-athlete leaves to play professionally, TPP continues to provide services to help them finish their goal and earn a degree.

“At Mizzou we are very proud of our academic accomplishments and we speak to both our current and former student-athletes about it daily,” Chievous said. “We are committed to our student-athletes graduating, which is why we continue to assist and reach out to former student-athletes who did not graduate. In the most recent period, we improved our exhausted eligibility graduation rate to 100 percent, meaning every athlete at Mizzou who did not leave early to pursue professional opportunities or other reasons, earned their degrees.”

The dedicated system of support that TPP has created is paying off for the Mizzou Football program and Mizzou Athletics as a whole. That is evident in Pinkel’s outstanding 2015 senior class, which has set a model standard of success for the underclassmen to uphold. Pinkel’s staff, with the help of the Total Person Program, will continue to produce #MizzouMade college graduates year in and year out as Mizzou builds on its reputation of excellence on an off the field.

Mizzou students (and general public) can still purchase general admission season tickets

 COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou Athletics announced on Wednesday that its allotment of 2015 football student season tickets are officially sold out. The tickets sold out the week before Mizzou opens the 2015 campaign against Southeast Missouri State in The ZOU on September 5 at 3:00 p.m. on SEC Network (alternate). 2015 marks the fourth time in the last five seasons and the second consecutive year that Mizzou has sold out its student ticket allotment.

“We have one of the best student sections in the country here at Mizzou,” Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades said. “Their energy and vocal support plays a huge role in enhancing the GameDay environment at The ZOU. We appreciate the passion of our students and are thrilled to announce the student ticket allotment has sold out for the 2015 season.”

Mizzou students (and general public) can still purchase a general admission season ticket located on the Rock M Hill in the north end zone for $150. Season tickets on the hill, reserved season tickets, as well as individual game tickets can be purchased online, by calling 1-800-CAT PAWS or in person at the Mizzou Arena ticket office.

For all the latest on Mizzou Football, follow the team on Twitter (@MizzouFootball), Facebook (Mizzou Football) and Instagram (@MizzouFootball) as well.

Brothers, Mauk earn spot on second team while Boehm and Hansbrough named third team


COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou Football had four standouts named All-SEC by the league’s 14 coaches, as announced by the Southeastern Conference office on Tuesday. Earning a spot on the All-SEC Second Team was LB Kentrell Brothers (Guthrie, Texas) and QB Maty Mauk (Kenton, Ohio) while C Evan Boehm (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) and RB Russell Hansbrough (Arlington, Texas) were named All-SEC Third Team.

The All-SEC honorees were voted on by the league’s 14 coaches with coaches not being able to vote for their own players. For Boehm and Brothers, this marks the second time that they have been named All-SEC this summer after each earned third team honors from the media back in July.

Brothers, the SEC’s top returning tackler from a season ago, accounted for 122 total tackles in 2015 (62 solo) while totaling 5.0 tackles for loss, four pass breakups and a team-leading three forced fumbles. He started all 14 games a season ago and was an All-SEC Second Team pick by the Associated Press.  He has been named to the Bednarik, Nagurski and Butkus Award Watch Lists this summer.

A veteran QB, Mauk is 14-4 in 18 career games as a starter and helped guide Mizzou to a second consecutive SEC East Division Championship in 2014. Mauk threw for 25 touchdowns last season and rushed for two more, accounting for 2,648 total passing yards and 3,021 yards of total offense. Mauk’s 2,648 passing yards a season ago are the third-most of any returning SEC quarterback. He was named to the Maxwell and Manning Award Watch Lists earlier this summer as well.

Boehm started all 14 games a season ago, anchoring an offensive line that was a key cog in an 11-3 season and a second consecutive SEC East Championship. He has started 40 consecutive games across the Mizzou offensive line, dating back to the 2012 season before shifting to the center spot full time in 2013. Boehm was a First Team Freshman All-American by College Football News at left guard in 2012. Boehm has been named to the Rimington and Outland Award Watch Lists this summer.

A veteran tailback who has rushed for nearly 2,000 yards in his Mizzou career, Hansbrough is on the Maxwell Award Watch List for the first time in his career. He led Mizzou with his first 1,000-yard season in 2014, totaling 1,084 yards, a mark that ranked sixth in the SEC despite starting just three games – he was also seventh in the SEC in rush yards per game. He was SEC Offensive Player of the Week and National Tailback of the Week following a 199-yard outburst at Texas A&M, the 10th-best single-game rush total in program history. Hansbrough has landed on three major award watch lists this summer as well: the Doak Walker Award, the Maxwell Award and the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award.

Mizzou returns to the practice field on Tuesday, August 25 with classes beginning. For all the latest on Mizzou Football,  follow the team on Twitter (@MizzouFootball). Be sure to like the team on Facebook (Mizzou Football) and Instagram (@MizzouFootball) as well.