Missouri reports athletic surplus for first time since 2009 fiscal year

Missouri’s athletics department reported a 50 percent jump in operating revenue for the 2013 fiscal year, raking in $76.3 million compared to $50.7 million in 2012, according to figures submitted to the NCAA. It’s the first year since 2009 that Missouri, which reported a $16.3 million deficit in 2012 without its conference revenue, reported an operating surplus.

Missouri’s Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown share important bond during tough times

The moment Missouri junior point guard Jordan Clarkson arrived on campus in June 2012 after transferring from Tulsa, he and Jabari Brown became fast friends. Clarkson and Brown, a junior shooting guard who transferred from Oregon, also became roommates and now say they are as close as brothers. But the latest bond Clarkson and Brown share is as unbelievable as it is heartbreaking.

Missouri’s L’Damian Washington seeks more vindication

Eight months ago, L’Damian Washington sat in front of a room full of reporters at Southeastern Conference Media Days and told them the goal for Missouri in 2013 was to win the conference. Few believed him then, thanks to Missouri’s season the year before, but he would later be vindicated by the Tigers’ 12-2 season and SEC Championship Game appearance. “It felt great,” Washington said, “especially with the way people laughed at me last year at SEC Media Days.” Washington’s eligibility is now up, but he hasn’t stopped shooting for the stars. In the weeks prior to Missouri’s pro day, which will be held Thursday at Devine Pavilion, Washington was similarly bullish about his chances to make it in the NFL. Now, with a chance to make an impression in front of NFL teams at Missouri’s pro day today, Washington is relaying a similar message, this time about his potential pro career.

NIT is no irrelevant tourney to the Missouri Tigers

Say this for what’s been a meandering Mizzou: With ample excuse to shrug or wilt as Davidson led by as many as 13 points in the second half, the shorthanded Tigers instead played with a certain desperation and unity uncharacteristic of their season to fend off the Wildcats 85-77 on Tuesday night in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.

Olathe East’s Tyler Kalinoski comes back to Midwest

It was a homecoming of sorts Tuesday for Davidson junior Tyler Kalinoski, an Olathe East graduate, who enjoyed his brief foray back to the Midwest despite the loss. Kalinoski had seven points with five assists and three rebounds in the first half. He then hit bookend three-pointers during a 13-4 run by Davidson to open the second half.

Missouri coach Frank Haith suspends Wes Clark, Shane Rector for NIT game after arrests

Missouri’s bench got even shorter Tuesday when coach Frank Haith announced on Twitter that freshmen guards Wes Clark and Shane Rector had been suspended for the National Invitation Tournament opener against Davidson at Mizzou Arena. Clark and Rector were arrested Saturday in Columbia with two Tigers football players for misdemeanor possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana.