Mizzou Monday: Quin Snyder’s NBA stock is on the rise

Quin Snyder is one step closer to becoming an NBA head coach.

After
his unpleasant departure from Mizzou seven years ago, the former Tigers
head coach put college basketball in his rear-view mirror. He hasn’t
looked back.

The Atlanta Hawks announced last week that Snyder,
who most recently was an assistant coach with a professional team in
Moscow, will become an assistant on newly hired Hawks coach Mike
Budenholzer’s staff.

It’s another notch on Snyder’s resume, which
includes a successful stint as a D-League coach, a player development
position with the Philadelphia 76ers and an assistant coaching gig with
the Los Angeles Lakers.

Snyder’s name now gets serious buzz when
NBA coaching vacancies pop up. If his success stays on track, the
46-year-old should eventually land one.

THE MIAMI INVESTIGATION

Chances are you remember when Yahoo! Sports dropped the bombshell of an investigative piece that thrust the NCAA’s investigation of the University of Miami into the spotlight.

But you might be surprised when reminded that the story — which made public Nevin Shapiro’s claims that loads of impermissible benefits had been provided to Miami athletes — was published in August 2011.

That’s right. The black cloud over Miami — and over Missouri men’s basketball coach Frank Haith, who has been charged with failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance for alleged wrongdoing while coaching the Hurricanes  — is closing in on its two-year anniversary.

But cheer up, Miami and Mizzou. The end is (sort of) in sight.

The NCAA held its hearing on the case in Indianapolis late last week. Haith and some of his former assistants made appearances on Thursday. Friday, another slew of former and current Miami athletics employees took their turn.

Now, more waiting while the committee that oversees the case examines the evidence, discusses and decides who gets punished and how. The deliberation is expected to take at least eight weeks.

The bright side: At this point, eight weeks should feel like a blink of the eye.

JACOB BRENTZ, BLUE JAY OR TIGER?

The major leagues stole a St. Louis area Mizzou baseball commit Sunday when Hazelwood West pitcher Devin Williams signed with the Milwaukee Brewers for a $1.35 million bonus. Another potential Tiger could be headed a similar direction.

The Toronto Blue Jays drafted Parkway South left-handed pitcher and Mizzou commit Jacob Brentz in the 11th round, and have told him they want to sign him, according to Brentz’s adviser.

Toronto has not yet offered Brentz a signing bonus, though. The amount will likely be influenced by how much money the team uses to sign Phil Bickford, the 17-year-old pitcher the Blue Jays selected with their first draft pick. Bickford, like Brentz, has a scholarship offer (Cal State-Fullerton) to fall back on if the bonus isn’t enough.

JACE LONG CASHES IN

Former Mizzou golfer Jace Long made a good chunk of money in his professional debut.

He shot an 11-under-par 71 to land in a four-way tie for seventh place in this weekend’s Air Capital Classic at Crestview Country Club in Wichita, Kan. The showing, according to the web.com Tour Money List, earned Long $19,581.

No more ramen noodles for that guy.

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