SEC entry yields another hefty gift for Mizzou
COLUMBIA, Mo. — The University of Missouri’s first year in the Southeastern Conference continues to pay dividends away from the field.
School officials on Tuesday announced an $8.3 million gift from Don and Audrey Walsworth of Marceline. The donation follows a $30 million gift from the Kansas City Sports Trust in June and a $6.4 million anonymous contribution in December.
The Walsworth gift will go toward previously announced Memorial Stadium improvements. The school plans to add 6,000 seats to the stadium, which now holds 71,004 fans.
Missouri will also build a new clubhouse for the men’s and women’s golf teams at a private course in Columbia used by the school.
Walsworth is the CEO of a northern Missouri publishing company and a former chairman of the university’s Board of Curators.
Nevada drops Oregon, adds BYU
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada is replacing Oregon with BYU on its home football schedule next season.
Athletic Director Cary Groth announced the Wolf Pack will host BYU at Mackay Stadium on Nov. 30. She said the school had been trying for some time to “help balance” a 2013 schedule that also includes a season opener at UCLA on Aug. 31 and a road game at Florida State on Sept. 21.
To make the late change, Nevada also agreed to play at Oregon in 2019 and also play road games at BYU in 2014 and 2019.
Stanford promotes Bloomgren
STANFORD, Calif. — Mike Bloomgren has been promoted to offensive coordinator at Stanford after overseeing the offensive line and running game the past two seasons.
Cardinal coach David Shaw also announced two other staff changes Tuesday.
Mike Sanford will take over as quarterbacks and wide receivers coach while continuing his duties as recruiting coordinator, and former quarterback Tavita Pritchard will shift from defensive assistant to running backs coach.
Bloomgren replaces Pep Hamilton, who left to become the offensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts earlier this month. Bloomgren also will continue to coach the offensive line.
Virginia coach leaves for NFL
Virginia offensive coordinator Bill Lazor is leaving the Cavaliers to take an NFL job.
The university announced Lazor’s departure Tuesday. A person familiar with the situation said Lazor will join Chip Kelly’s new Philadelphia Eagles staff. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no announcement has been made by the Eagles.
He is the fifth assistant to leave the Cavaliers’ staff this offseason. Four coaches were fired Dec. 2 after Virginia finished 4-8.