The Missouri basketball program isn’t quite done building its non-conference schedule for 2017, but its bill for bringing opponents to Mizzou Arena stands at $374,500.
The fees were disclosed in the game contracts MU provided for seven of the Tigers’ non-conference games after an open-records request from the Columbia Daily Tribune last week. Missouri’s most expensive opponent so far is North Florida, which will receive $98,000 for its Dec. 16 game in Columbia.
Additionally, the Tigers will pay Miami (Ohio) $96,500 for the game Dec. 5; Green Bay $90,000 for the game Dec. 9; and Stephen F. Austin $90,000 for the game Dec. 19.
Utah agreed to pay Missouri $100,000 for the home-and-home series that starts this season. The Tigers will play Nov. 16 in Salt Lake City. Missouri is scheduled to host in 2018-19, but a date has not yet been confirmed.
Neither side will be compensated for the Tigers’ home-and-home series with Iowa State or Central Florida. This season, Missouri will host the Cyclones and play the Knights in Orlando, Fla. The roles will switch for 2018-19, with the Tigers playing at Iowa State and hosting UCF.
Considering the sum it will get from Utah, Missouri should come out significantly ahead of its 2016-17 bill after paying $638,000 for non-conference opponents to play at Mizzou Arena last season. Five teams – North Carolina Central, Eastern Illinois, Lipscomb, Northwestern State and Western Kentucky – were paid $90,000, Alabama A&M was paid $91,500 and Miami (Ohio) was paid $96,500.
ALUMNI GAME ADDS TWO NAMES: The DeMarre Carroll and Laurence Bowers Alumni Game that is scheduled for July 22 at Mizzou Arena added two historic names to its roster this week.
Zaire Taylor and Travon Bryant are the newest additions to the game’s roster after an announcement Wednesday. Taylor played at Missouri from 2008-10 and is best known for his game-winning shot against Kansas in 2009. Bryant featured for the Tigers from 2000-04.
Both played stints in Europe after leaving Columbia, and Bryant was hired as an assistant for the Brooklyn Nets on June 15.
Tickets are $5 and will be sold at the door the day of the game. They can be purchased at the Hy-Vee stores in Columbia from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. All proceeds will be split among the Boys and Girls Club of Columbia, Granny’s House and the Carroll Family Foundation.
The other players who have been announced as participants in the game are Marcus Denmon, Jimmy McKinney, Justin Gage, Martin Rucker, Rickey Paulding, Ricardo Ratliffe, Sean Weatherspoon, William Moore, Kareem Rush and Melvin Booker.
DILDY HIRED AT VALPO: Valparaiso announced this week that it was bringing on former Tigers assistant coach Emanuel Dildy as an assistant under Matt Lottich.
Dildy was hired by former coach Kim Anderson to join the Missouri staff in August. Dildy, a Chicago native, coached at Loyola and Eastern Illinois before joining the Tigers.
Dildy is the second former Missouri assistant to find work elsewhere, as Rob Fulford was hired by Akron coach John Groce in June.
Brad Loos, an assistant coach under Anderson from 2014-17, was hired as a director of major gifts for the Tiger Scholarship Fund in March.