Missouri athletic department starts to walk its talk

Missouri’s athletic department prides itself on character and integrity. Athletic director Mike Alden has repeated that over and over. But MU’s boldest move toward accountability came Friday afternoon when football coach Gary Pinkel announced star Dorial Green-Beckham’s ouster on the heels of an investigation that included a Columbia police report alleging the player broke into an apartment last weekend and pushed a woman down at least four stairs.

Star receiver Dorial Green-Beckham dismissed from Missouri football team

Dorial Green-Beckham arrived at Missouri more than two years ago amid hype and fanfare, but Friday he was booted from the football team in disgrace. The MU athletic department announced in a statement that Tigers coach Gary Pinkel, in conjunction with athletic director Mike Alden, had dismissed Green-Beckham after details of his role in an alleged burglary early Sunday morning were released Thursday by Columbia police.

String of incidents at Missouri puts athletic culture on trial

Dorial Green-Beckham might have been arrested if he weren’t a football star. No sugarcoating. Due process, innocent-until-proven-guilty, all that stuff is important, and so is this: Columbia police were pursuing a warrant to arrest Green-Beckham until two women declined to press charges. According to a police, they aren’t pursuing charges because Green-Beckham is a football standout with an NFL future.

Morgan Steward rushes for 130 yards, 3 TDs in MU scrimmage

Missouri’s top two running backs left the Tigers’ spring scrimmage Saturday at Memorial Stadium with injuries, but third-string running back Morgan Steward made sure it didn’t matter. Steward, a sophomore from Staley High School, powered the Missouri offense to victory with 15 carries for 130 yards and three touchdowns.

Despite Brown and Clarkson's departures, Missouri’s Haith hopeful

Prospects for a turnaround from the NIT back to the NCAA Tournament dimmed this week when the Tigers’ two leading scorers, juniors Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown, declared for the NBA Draft. The news got worse Thursday when Tigers forward Zach Price, a 6-foot-10 transfer from Louisville who sat out last season, was indefinitely suspended from the team following two arrests on suspicion of assault.

Missouri hopes for another dominant season from defensive line

Senior nose guard Lucas Vincent and senior defensive tackle Matt Hoch were stalwarts inside for the Tigers, gobbling up double teams and allowing the ends to work more effectively. Vincent and Hoch combined for 75 tackles, including nine for a loss with 4 1/2 sacks. That’s rock solid production for an interior tandem, but even more will be expected with an extra year of experience starting in the SEC under their belts.

Independent report on MU’s handling of Menu Courey case to be released April 11

The University of Missouri and the state’s three other land-grant colleges have completed the first phase of a system-wide review of resources for sexual assault victims and the mentally ill. An independent firm hired to review MU’s response to former MU swimmer Sasha Menu Courey’s sexual assault allegations will present its findings to the university system’s Board of Curators during its April 11 meeting in Rolla.