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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Missouri State has hired Missouri defensive coordinator Dave Steckel as its head coach.
The 57-year-old Steckel is a long-time aide of Gary Pinkel and replaces Terry Allen, who was 37-64 in nine seasons and 4-8 last season. The school announced last month that it would not renew Allen’s contract, set to expire at the end of January.
Missouri led the SEC in total defense in conference. Steckel was a finalist for the Broyles Award as the top assistant in the nation and this will be his first head coaching job.
“He’s wanted to be a head coach for a long time now, and it’s exciting for all us that he’s got his chance,” Pinkel said in a statement. “We’ve worked together for close to 20 years and it’s going to be strange to not have him around.
“Missouri State is getting a guy who is an outstanding coach, an even better family man, and someone who really cares about people.”
Steckel was on the sideline for Missouri’s practice earlier Sunday in preparation for the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl and left the field without talking with reporters. At a news conference streamed by the school, Steckel said he’d finalized the decision 15 minutes earlier and added he’d coach Missouri through the Jan. 1 bowl game before joining the Bears full-time.
“This isn’t lip service – we’re going to graduate our players,” Steckel said. “We are going to be very, very competitive on the field, we’re going to build this through hard work. We’re going to be the meanest Bears in the woods.”
After practice, several Missouri players spoke in glowing terms about Steckel, saying he was a big reason they chose Missouri.
“If you don’t want to play for Coach Stec, you don’t want to play for anybody,” defensive end Markus Golden said.
“It’s bittersweet if he leaves,” linebacker Shane Ray said. “Whatever coach Stec does, I’m still one of his guys and I’ll support whatever he does.”
Steckel has coached linebackers for all of Pinkel’s 14 seasons at Missouri and was defensive coordinator the last five.
Assistant coach Cornell Ford said he wouldn’t be the only coach interested in filling Steckel’s shoes at Missouri.
“Coach Pinkel makes those decisions and I just roll with it,” Steckel said. “Whoever he decides will be the guy, will be the guy. But we all want to be it.”
DENVER (AP) — Paul Stastny didn’t get the welcome home he hoped for but he got the win.
T.J. Oshie scored from the slot at 1:03 of overtime and the St. Louis Blues beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Saturday night.
Kevin Shattenkirk had a goal and an assist and defenseman Alex Pietrangelo also scored for the Blues, who have won four straight and gave Stastny a win in his return to Denver.
“It was good to get that first game (back in Colorado) out of the way,” Stastny said.
Stastny was back for the first time since signing a four-year deal with St. Louis in the offseason. He spent his first eight seasons in Colorado and left ranked eighth in franchise history with 458 points.
Despite suffering through lean years with the Avalanche, Stastny didn’t receive a warm welcome from the fans. He was booed when he stepped on the ice for his first shift and the first few times he touched the puck. He didn’t register a point.
“I heard `Blues,’” Stastny said with a laugh. “You know how it is. I think if you know me you wouldn’t do it. I think it’s just an emotional Saturday night, so it wasn’t surprising. A part of you always expects the worst. It was just different. I think after that first period I kind of settled in.”
Blues goalie Jake Allen finished with 23 saves.
St. Louis dominated for most of the game but couldn’t get the winner until overtime. Goalie Calvin Pickard stopped Alexander Steen on several chances in the second and third periods.
“When we were up 2-1 we really had opportunities to salt it away and it kind of came back to haunt us,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We had five or six great chances to really build a big lead.”
They got the winner when Barret Jackman fed Oshie in the slot, and the big center beat Pickard with a shot over the goalie’s glove.
“It’s something I’ve worked on in practice. Just catching it and try to catch that far side,” Oshie said. “It didn’t get there quick but it ended up getting there eventually for the game-winner. It was a great pass by Jacks. He looked across and waited until I jumped in the hole and it was perfect timing.”
Erik Johnson had both Colorado goals and Gabriel Landeskog had two assists for the slumping Avalanche, who have lost five of six. Pickard finished with 39 saves.
“It was fun,” Johnson said. “Any time you can contribute it’s even more fun. I’d trade those two goals to get a win tonight.”
It was Johnson’s first career two-goal game, and it came against his former team. His first one, on a power play, came on a slap shot from the point and gave Colorado a 1-0 lead with 5:59 left in the opening period.
His second one, with 1:24 left in the second period, tied the game at 2-all.
“I got a nice pass from (Nate Guenin) on the 3-on-2 rush and picked my spot on the blocker side,” Johnson said.
In between, the Blues scored twice. Shattenkirk, who was part of the trade that sent Johnson to Colorado, tied it with a power-play goal just 1:22 after Colorado scored.
Pietrangelo gave the Blues a 2-1 lead at 8:16 of the second period with a high shot from the point.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — An assistant women’s basketball assistant coach at Southeast Missouri State University knowingly broke NCAA rules when he provided recruits with free gifts at a team camp and made impermissible contact with recruits on three occasions, the school disclosed in a report.
The report provided greater detail about violations still under investigation by the NCAA and outlined previously undisclosed self-imposed penalties, the Southeast Missourian reported. The paper obtained the document through a public records request.
University President Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins said the assistant was placed on administrative leave and later resigned.
The report also outlined a separate violation that officials said the assistant coach and head coach Ty Margenthaler committed unknowingly. According to the university, Margenthaler and the assistant coach ran into two recruits at a restaurant after a game.
“Though the coaching staff did not pay for anyone else’s dinner, they did engage in recruiting conversations throughout the dinner,” according to the report, and the assistant coach knew the recruits “would likely visit the restaurant following the high school basketball game.” Neither Margenthaler nor the assistant reported the incident.
The university’s athletic department announced Nov. 5 that Margenthaler was suspended for the first two games of the season but did not disclose additional self-imposed sanctions it submitted to the NCAA.
Margenthaler, identified in the report as “Head Coach,” also was docked five days of pay after he ignored the university’s instructions not to discuss details of the investigation with his other assistants. The program’s 112 recruiting days were reduced to 100, and the number of recruiting opportunities with the two recruits involved was cut from seven to one for this academic year.
Margenthaler didn’t immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press seeking comment.
Senior associate to the president Brady Barke characterized the violations as “not anything really that would be exciting in … terms of cars and money. The kind of money you’d see in `Blue Chips’ and things like that.”
The gifts provided to the athletes included what the report termed “camp leftovers” after the team’s Elite Camp, which was held on campus June 22 and 23. The recruits, according to the report provided after the meeting, received “four camp T-shirts and four water bottles to take home with them free of charge even though (Margenthaler) had reminded (the assistant coach) to be sure payment was received for the items.”
The report said the former assistant also provided the recruit with access “to a personal Netflix account” at an undisclosed time.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Austin McBroom scored 13 points and Achraf Yacoubou added 10 to lead Saint Louis to a 67-61 victory over SIU Edwardsville on Saturday night.
Saint Louis led 37-34 at the break, and opened the second with a 10-4 run to stretch its lead to 47-38. SIU Edwardsville pulled within one point three times in the final 5:21, the last when Maurice Wiltz hit a 3-pointer with 1:45 remaining to make it 60-59.
Davell Roby split a pair of free throws and Yacoubou scored to stretch the Billikens’ lead to 63-59 with 34 seconds to play. Donivine Stewart’s two free throws pulled the Cougars within 63-61, but McBroom and John Manning each made a pair of free throws to seal it for Saint Louis (6-4).
Kris Davis had 18 points and Stewart scored 12 points and dished out seven assists for SIU Edwardsville (1-6).
The Missouri State University Grizzlies took on the Highland Community College Scotties in West Plains Civic Center on Saturday, December 13, 2014.
The voice of the Grizzlies Brian Ingalls has your Grizzly Scoreboard Update:
Once again the Grizzlies got the win Saturday night 101-88 against the Highland Community College Scotties.
(St. Louis) The West Plains Lady Zizzers were on the road Friday night, to face off against the 0-4 Lindbergh Flyers. Harlin Hutchison filed this report.
The Lady Zizzers improve to 4-0 on the season and will be in action Saturday against 10th ranked Pacific, MO at 1:00pm and that game can be heard on 102.5 KDY
Lady Zizzers: 59
The Cabool Bulldogs took on the Plato Eagles Tuesday night at home.
The voice of the Bulldogs Brad Mcnew has your Basketball Scoreboard Update
Tuesday night the Willow Springs Bears hosted the Licking Wildcats. Marty Spence has the report.
Willow Springs: 55
Licking Wildcats: 69
The West Plains Zizzers hosted The Salem Tigers, Tuesday night for the Zizzers home opener.
Harlin Hutchison filed this report.