Frank Haith is doing Missouri basketball a big-time favor

With Frank Haith expected to officially accept the Tulsa job, MU athletic director Mike Alden doesn’t have to worry about firing a man three (or four) years into the job. The school owes him no separation pay and, actually, as part of his contract, Haith will have to pay Mizzou $500,000 for leaving. Alden should use the money as a signing bonus for a better coach.

Missouri needs young linebacking corps to step up

For most of the spring, Missouri has played without any returning starters at linebacker after junior Kentrell Brothers underwent surgery March 28 to repair a torn labrum during spring break. Fortunately, what the Tigers lack in experience, they just might make up for in athleticism.

Petition for protection order against ex-MU player Zach Price is dismissed

An order of protection petition filed by former Missouri guard Earnest Ross against once-teammate Zach Price has been dismissed, the Boone County Circuit Clerk’s office confirmed Wednesday. Ross did not show up for court Wednesday morning, prompting the dismissal. He sought the order of protection on April 2 after alleging that Price had been stalking him and “caused or attempted to cause me physical harm.”

NCAA rule regarding draft cuts evaluation time for players

Players have to decide by today — the day before the spring signing period, which begins April 16 and continues through May 21 for Division I basketball this year — whether to remain in the NBA Draft or lose their future NCAA eligibility. The effect is that, rather than spending a month working out for NBA teams and receiving a thorough examination, decisions by players such as Missouri’s Jabari Brown will be based primarily on scouting reports prepared by NBA executives.

Sasha Menu Courey’s parents hope Mizzou learns from investigation

The independent report by the Dowd Bennett Law Firm in Clayton, Mo., into MU’s handling of sexual assault allegations by former swimmer Sasha Menu Courey was critical of the university, but her parents said they are pleased with the investigation’s thoroughness and recommendations. “Our daughter Sasha went through a perfect storm of unfortunate events that led to her suicide,” Menu Courey’s parents said in a statement released Monday. “Although we cannot change the past, we hope that the lessons learned from the investigation will lead to positive changes for future athletes and students.”

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.