North Texas announced Friday that it had hired Wren Baker as its new athletic director. Baker, who was hired in May 2015 as deputy athletic director at Missouri, had been serving as the Tigers’ interim athletic director since Mack Rhoades resigned July 13. MU’s interim chancellor, Hank Foley, will be the new interim A.D.
Missouri beat writer Tod Palmer answers fan questions about the athletic director search, Barry Odom’s first season, Kim Anderson’s future and the possibilities now that Brian McRae’s been added student assistant for the baseball team.
Interim Missouri athletic director Wren Baker, who took over two weeks ago when Mack Rhoades abruptly left for Baylor, is expected to be hired as North Texas’ new athletic director by the end of the week.
Despite ongoing security risks in Europe, Missouri men’s basketball is traveling to Italy for a four-game exhibition slate Aug. 5-15. The Tigers are taking some precautions ahead of a trip they hope will build chemistry for the upcoming season.
Missouri continued the recruiting momentum it build with its “Night at the Zou” prospect camp on Saturday by landing two more verbal pledges on Tuesday. Bessemer (Ala.) City High linebacker Jamal Brooks and Carrollton (Ga.) center Case Cook are the latest to join the Tigers.
Brother Rice senior offensive lineman Larry Borom from Detroit said Missouri’s family atmosphere and track record of producing NFL offensive linemen in recent years made it an appealing destination. Borom committed Saturday to coach Barry Odom’s program.
Blue Springs junior offensive tackle/defensive end Daniel Parker Jr. committed Sunday to Missouri. Parker won’t sign for more than 18 months, but he’s so comfortable with the staff and players that he didn’t hesitate to give his verbal pledge.
Paige Lowary, a sophomore ace for Missouri softball last spring, announced Friday on Twitter that she is transferring to Oklahoma. She joins a pitching staff that includes Truman graduate Paige Parker for the reigning NCAA champions.
Missouri’s Wren Baker, who was promoted Wednesday from deputy athletic director to interim athletic director after Mack Rhoades’ departure, won’t merely serve as a warm body during the search process. Baker also hopes for a chance to shed the interim tag.