“Some dudes ain’t come to play. We told them before the game it was going to be a tough game and it was going to be physical. Some dudes, I guess they didn’t believe us and didn’t play to what we thought they were going to play. We are fighting for our tournament lives. We’ve got to come out here and change the attitude of some of our guys out here.”
Jordan Clarkson, Mizzou junior guard, after MU’s 91-88 loss at Ole Miss, via @Steve_Walentik, Twitter
GH: These postgame comments from one of Mizzou’s best players cannot sit well with MU fans or the folks who sign Frank Haith’s paycheck. Haith is paid millions to make sure his athletes are ready to play and play with effort. Even an uneducated observer of the game could tell there was a marked difference in Mizzou’s desire the second half against the Rebs than the lethargic first half.
“A big roar just went up from the crowd here when they announced that Ole Miss leads Missouri 42-27 in the first half. They still remember Missouri here, don’t they?”
Bob Davis, while calling the play-by-play of the West Virginia at Kansas game Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse, Jayhawk Radio Network
GH: The fan base inside Allen Fieldhouse is one of the more adroit in the college game. They know their basketball and there remains a mutual dislike between these two fan bases that unfortunately now is limited to rooting for each other’s opponent.
“He can be a goofball but I watched Marshall Henderson take pics, tell stories with two young families waiting for him outside arena. Kids were thrilled to meet Henderson. He stuck around 15 min, visited with one in wheelchair. No PR people within sight.”
Dave Matter, @Dave_Matter, after Marshall lit up Missouri for 29 points, Twitter
GH: Henderson is not my choice to marry your daughter but man do I enjoy watching him play basketball. He let fly a couple of catch-and-shoot tosses on Saturday that deft logic, physics and every bit common sense associated with the game. And still they hit nothing but twine. I hope Ole Miss makes the NCAA tourney just so we get to watch him on a big stage once again.
“I’ve heard those criticisms of Ryan Rosburg. I love him. I love the way he competes. He does everything we ask him to do. He put his hardhat on there (at Ole Miss) the other night.”
Frank Haith, on Missouri’s sophomore big man out of Marquette High School in Chesterfield, MO, 810 AM
GH: Rosburg is slowly evolving from the team joke into the team folk hero. He is very easy to root for when you watch how hard he plays.
“I’m still surprised by Missouri. When I saw them last December I thought this is a team that is just going to get better. There was something there. I’m just a little bit surprised that they haven’t taken off like I thought they might take off.”
Kevin Harlan, 810 AM
“Missouri missing out on KU/KState – 100 year rivalries for soulless SEC hoops, enjoy …”
Doug Gottlieb, @GottliebShow, during the Monday night game in Manhattan, Twitter
GH: Gottlieb continues to be obsessed with Missouri’s decision to leave the Big 12. I don’t remember this same tweet during the KU/K-State football game…
“Updated bubble (w/Monday results). LAST IN: BYU, Georgetown, Providence, Florida State. FIRST OUT: WVU, Missouri, Saint Joseph’s, Clemson.”
Joe Lunardi, @ESPNLunardi, Twitter
“If you told me that Oklahoma State would not be in the NCAA Tournament month ago, I would have laughed…”
Fran Fraschilla, @franfraschilla, Twitter
GH: Travis Ford’s talented team is 4-7 in the Big 12 and circling the NCAA drain like they were Hofstra. What in the heck is going on in Stillwater? Read on.
“Good lord Marcus Smart just lost his mind. Shoved a fan at Texas tech. Marcus Smart is ruining his reputation this season. This is just unfortunate and ugly.”
Pat Forde, @YahooForde, Twitter
GH: We have all seen the Jeff Orr / Marcus Smart video by now and heard all the accusations, apologies and penalties. Who is at fault? Just about everybody involved including the importance so many of us place on college athletics – including the colleges themselves.
“Eddie Sutton wouldn’t bring his family to Lubbock, worst things said I have ever heard… Still have to walk away.”
Doug Gottlieb, former OSU player for Sutton, @GottliebShow, Twitter
“Some things are hard to ignore, BUT no excuses! Deal with your consequences. I was called the N word EVERY game I played in Lubbock!”
Derrick Mason, @dmasonart, former OSU Cowboy, Twitter
GH: What is the deal with Lubbock, Texas and Texas Tech? I have never made the trip to west Texas but it sounds like a community in need of a few more humans.
“No Marcus Smart. Come on young fella. Gotta be smarter than that.. Man.. He’s gonna feel awful when he watches that. Nothing (Orr) could’ve said short of putting his hands on him warrants that. I really like him, but you can’t push a fan.”
Kim English, @Englishscope24, former Mizzou player, Twitter
GH: Orr should be so ashamed of his actions that he removes himself from Texas Tech and never steps foot on campus again. 50-year-old men screaming insults at a college athlete? In what world does that make sense? Oh, the make-believe world of sports. This is the awful side of people like us who care too much of these almost meaningless games.
“It’s not unthinkable that the phone’s going to start ringing for Bruce Weber.”
Kevin Kietzman, on the success the second-year basketball coach has experienced at K-State, 810 AM
GH: Could the 57-year-old Weber become a hot name for college openings this spring? A run to the Sweet 16 will definitely place Weber on some school’s short list. Would he leave Manhattan?
“For as much as Frank Martin didn’t like (KSU AD) John Currie, Bruce Weber really likes John Curry.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: I think any coach who resides in the same state where Bill Self works has to think about leaving. It’s not all that different from a successful Kansas football coach (if there was such a creature) leaving KU to avoid the shadow Bill Snyder casts on the state. I wonder if Mizzou would court Weber if they decide to make a change with Haith.
“I know I make a lot of K-State people mad but I’m not changing. I’m going to do this thing fair and we’re going to have people on this show that are fair.”
Kevin Kietzman, who adamantly professed to continue to be unbiased about how he discusses Kansas State, despite being a KSU alum and fan, 810 AM
GH: Fair? Here is the really odd thing about KK’s statement – I believe that he believes he is fair and unbiased in how he covers K-State, KU and MU. Now, that isn’t even remotely true but that is how broken I believe the synapses are inside KK’s noggin.
“If you turned on ESPN anytime (Tuesday) you’d think Andrew Wiggins was the star of the game!”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Huh? ESPN showed one highlight from the game that focused on Wiggins – his second-jump put-back that had every CBB scribe on Twitter swooning. That is what ESPN does – shows highlights that people in NYC and Portland want to see. This is how KK exhibits his KSU taint; through his little-man view of how his school is portrayed by others. Did KK forget that ESPN also broadcast KSU win over KU the night before and spent three hours showing the nation what a great place Bramlage is for college hoops?
“What makes the Big 12 so interesting is that seven of these teams are on the highway to the NCAA Tournament. Seven of the ten. The feeling I get (from the media back east) is that the Big 12 has a very nice foothold on the landscape of college basketball.”
Kevin Harlan, 810 AM
GH: The Big 12 tournament here at Sprint Center should be one heckuva party next month.
“I couldn’t eat no more, so I went to Applebee’s to have drinks. I don’t want my grandkids raised in that kind of environment. I’m old-school. I’m a man and a woman type of guy. … (HOF defensive end Deacon Jones) is turning over in his grave.”
Michael Sam Sr., on how he reacted to his son sending him a text telling him he was gay, New York Times
GH: I cannot imagine a father not loving and supporting his son because he is gay. I understand it happens but it just seems like such a ridiculous waste of energy.
“QB James Franklin on Michael Sam’s announcement: ‘Hate the sin, not the sinner … I love Michael and will always be there for him.’”
Missourian Sports, @CoMoSports, Twitter
“(Michael Sam) grew up about 40 miles southeast of Houston near Galveston Bay in Texas, the seventh of eight children. Three of his siblings have died and two brothers are in prison. He lived briefly in the back seat of his mother’s car, and his relationship with his family remains complicated: When he visits home, he usually stays with friends. … Life had hardly been kind to him or his family. Michael Sr. and his mother, JoAnn Sam, were separated after having eight children. He went to North Texas to work as a trucker. She tried to keep what was left of her family together. A sister drowned when she was 2, before Michael was born, when another child accidentally knocked her off a fishing pier. Another brother, Russell, was 15 when he was shot and killed trying to break into a home, in what his father said was part of a gang initiation. Another brother, Julian, has not been heard from since he left for work one day in 1998; his family believes he is dead. Two others are in jail.”
Joe Drape, Steve Eder and Billy Witz, writers, New York Times
“Any (NFL) team that is out there looking at (Michael Sam) and saying they don’t want to deal with this, I’m not sure that’s a winning organization. I will say this about Michael Sam, he showed more class, more courage, more dignity in what he did than all these anonymous players and GMs who won’t put their names to anything.”
Frank Boal, 810 AM
GH: I don’t believe an NFL organization’s success can be measured in how they view gay football players. Successful businesses and character are not always related. But what Sam did in coming out will be remembered as an historic event. My hope is that he will be remembered just as much for how well he played the game.
“When you cover college sports for a living, you never expect to cover a story like this. What a momentous day in our country.”
Gabe DeArmond, @GabeDeArmond, of PowerMizzou.com, Twitter
“Pinkel was incredibly candid, eloquent today discussing Sam. My humble opinion, one of his finest (half) hours in 13-plus years at Mizzou.”
Dave Matter, @Dave_Matter, MU beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, on Pinkel’s press conference Monday, Twitter
GH: Missouri’s athletic department over the past 15 years is a New York Times best seller waiting to be written. It would also make a fabulous mini-series in the hands of AMC. This story contains greed, sex, betrayal, jailhouse tapes, adultery, drugs, suicide, gay sex, billionaires and very few championships for all that trouble. My pick to write this classic? Wright Thompson, Mizzou grad and current senior writer for ESPN.
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