University of Missouri

Architect for MU’s new softball stadium ready to go before curators

Missouri athletic director Mike Alden said he expects the University of Missouri System Board of Curators to vote on an architect to design a new softball complex during meetings at MU on Feb. 5-6.

The new stadium would be located east of the Hearnes Center.

“From a financing and funding standpoint, we’re in good shape with all of that,” Alden said.

But Alden said he doesn’t expect discussion about the proposed south end-zone complex at Memorial Stadium, which has yet to be approved by the curators.

“That will next take place in these meetings coming up,” Alden said, but it could be on the agenda during the next meeting April 9-10 at Missouri S&T in Rolla.

Chievous chosen as MU’s SEC Legend

Missouri’s career leading men’s basketball scorer, Derrick Chievous, will be honored as one of 14 SEC Basketball Legends during the conference tournament March 11-15 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

Chievous, who averaged 19.9 points in 130 games from 1984-88, finished his Tigers career with 2,580 points — 396 more than second-place Doug Smith.

Along with Bob Reiter (1952-55), Chievous is one of two MU players to lead the team in scoring during three seasons.

Chievous also led the Big Eight in scoring as a junior, when he scored 24.1 points per game, and senior, when he averaged 23.4 points. He a first-round choice by the Houston Rockets in the 1988 NBA Draft and later played with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

He will be recognized at halftime of Missouri’s first SEC tourney game.

No more fallout from Gant suspension

Missouri athletic director Mike Alden said he doesn’t expect any further NCAA fallout from Jakeenan Gant’s suspension.

Gant, a freshman basketball player from Georgia, missed the first nine games of the season during a review of his eligibility. He was cleared to play Dec. 12 and has averaged 6.4 points in eight games for the Tigers.

“We had Jakeenan we had to sit while reviewing his eligibility and things like that, but, right now, I think we’re in good shape going forward,” Alden said when asked if MU’s coaching staff was in the clear.

Clark, Tierney earn SEC awards

Missouri junior Clark Thomas was chosen as the SEC diver of the week and senior Sam Tierney was the conference’s swimmer of the week. Both awards were announced Tuesday.

Thomas, an Olathe Northwest graduate, swept the one- and three-meter springboard in a dual victory against South Carolina. He won both events by more than 20 points, securing the second weekly SEC honor of his career.

Tierney collected his third weekly conference award by sweeping the 100 and 200 breaststroke. He also swam a leg on the Tigers’ winning 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.

Currently, Tierney, from Plano, Texas, is ranked first in the nation in the 100 breaststroke.

SEC Network announces baseball schedule

Missouri’s baseball team will make nine appearances on the SEC Network this spring.

The first game will be March 21 against South Carolina.

The Tigers also will appear on the new ESPN-backed network March 28 at Texas A&M and for all three games at Tennessee from April 9-11.

Both games against Alabama on April 18-19 and at LSU May 9-10 also will be on the SEC Network.

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