Tigers Score Big; Another SLU Legend Passes

The Missouri Tigers hit the jackpot and a local St. Louis hoops legend dies.

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As Mizzou fans were still recovering from the “We are Mizzou” hangover, Tigers fans got some awesome news.  Dorial Green-Beckham, the No. 1 recruit in the nation, committed to Mizzou early Wednesday morning.

There is no way of knowing if Mizzou could have landed a recruit of this caliber if they were still in the Big 12.  They were bringing in good recruiting classes in the past headlined by guys such as Blaine Gabbert and Jeremy Maclin.

All we know is that the switch to the SEC didn’t hurt.

For years, Tigers players and fans have been subjected to serious cruelty:  The ball bouncing the other team’s way, literally,and opponents getting extra downs.

I thought this morning would be another one of those days. Thankfully I was wrong.

Gary Pinkel and his staff are obviously doing something right.  They have taken the Tiger football program to a level that even the most diehard fans didn’t see possible.  Only Alabama has produced more first round draft picks than Missouri since 2009.

Landing recruits like DGB is imperative to win down south.  The SEC is home to the best defenses in the country, but there is no doubt DGB is going to help make the transition a little smoother.

Check out some of DGB’S highlights here.

Local hoops legend dies

Charlie Spoonhour joins “Easy” Ed Macauley as two former SLU basketball legends to have passed away recently.  Spoonhour passed Wednesday morning after a battle with a lung affliction.

Spoonhour started his Divison I coaching career at Missouri State, where he led them to five NCAA tournament berths.

He then went on to be head coach at SLU and led them to 3 of their 7 NCAA tournament appearances.  SLU won only five games the year before Spoonhour arrived but in just his second season they went 23-6.

Bob Huggins tells Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch what he remembers about his friend:

 Bob Huggins, one of Spoonhour’s closest friends in the business, got to know Spoonhour best when they boach coached in the Conference USA, Huggins at the University of Cincinnati and Spoon at SLU.

“Guys in our profession know that it’s gone well beyond what it used to be,” said Huggins. “Guys were friends and you had dinner the night before a game. It always happened with us. We always got together the night before a game and sometimes afterwards.”

Huggins, as a big a man as Spoonhour was small, once came in three nights before a game to be with Spoonhour.

Huggins’ favorite story concerning Spoonhour took place in March, 1995 at Milwaukee, site of the Great Midwest Conference tournament. All the teams were staying at the same hotel.

“We’re getting ready to play DePaul and (coach) Joey Meyer,” said Huggins, “and he calls me and says, ‘Come up here [his room]. I said that I was watching DePaul tape. And he says, ‘Then you’re not as smart as you think you are. You’ve already played them two times.’ So I go upstairs and sit around and do what we always do (drink beer). We both win and the next night we’re getting read to play Memphis and he’s playing Marquette. He calls me and says, ‘Junior (his nickname for Huggins), I believe it’s your night to host.’ I was watching Memphis tape but I said, ‘All right, come on down.’ He was in my room all night.”

“We beat Memphis and they beat Marquette and now we’re playing each other in the tournament championship. He says, ‘Junior, I’m a man of my word. It’s my turn. Come on up.’ When I get to his room, they’re watching film of us and he told his coaches to cut it off.

“It’s the third time we’re going to play them,” Huggins recalled Spoonhour saying to his coaches. “You know what they’re going to run and he knows what we’re going to do.”

After another night together, the two then walked near Lake Michigan the next morning before the game and Huggins and his team prepaired for a pre-game meal. For one reason or another, Spoonhour had been closed out of his team’s meal so, when Huggins saw Spoonhour standing near the door of the restaurant, Huggins invited Spoonhour to eat with his team.

As was his custom with nearly everyone else, the home-spun Spoonhour had Huggins and the Bearcats in stitches. The game ensued and Cincinnati won by two points on a last-second shot. “We slap hands afterward and then Spoon says, ‘Well, Junior, it looks like you’re hosting tonight,’ ” said Huggins.

“There was nobody better,” said Huggins. “There’s never been a better person. He’s a really special guy.”

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