On Sunday, MU football player Michael Sam publicly came out as gay in interviews with several media outlets. There has of course been a lot of reaction to the news, with many praising the defensive lineman’s decision and others questioning whether it’ll affect his prospects of being drafted into the NFL. Sam would be the first openly gay player in the NFL if he is drafted. Before his announcement, he was projected to be taken in the third or fourth round.
This week on Intersection, we’re breaking format just slightly to talk about this developing story. In the first part of the show, w'e'll talk about the significance of Michael Sam's announcement. Later in the show, we’ll talk about the implications of Missouri’s shortage of mental health professionals.
MU football player Michael Sam comes out
Jim Buzinski is a cofounder of Outsports, a sports website which helped break the story.
Missouri's mental health professional shortage
Keith Schafer is the director of the Missouri Department of Mental Health.
Cindi Keele is the executive director of the state chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Brent McGinty is the president and CEO of the Missouri Coalition of Community Mental Health Centers.
MU football player Michael Sam comes out; Why Missouri has a shortage of mental health professionals
landed the nation’s top high school recruit. But before he even announced his official intent to attend the school, crowds inside the Mizzou Arena were already chanting his initials. We look at the buzz and behind-the-scenes efforts surrounding Mizzou's star football catch and explore the growing celebrification of college athletes.The University of Missouri football team recently
Greg Bowers, sports editor Columbia Missourian; and associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism
Ben Frederickson, former intern and freelance reporter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Karen Mitchell, assistant professor at the Missouri School of Journalism
Joining us by phone:
Bruce Feldman, CBS sports columnist/commentator and author of "Swing Your Sword" and "Meat Market: Inside the Smash-Mouth World of College Football Recruiting"
Dave Ridpath, assistant professor of sport administration, Ohio University
While the primary focus at MU over the past weekend was success on the football field, Intersection got ready for Homecoming by taking a look at what is being done to ensure that more than 500 student athletes at MU are also successful in the classroom. What kind of resources are devoted to helping MU athletes succeed academically? How does that compare to what other students get? And how well is it all working?
Joe Scogin, MU assistant athletic director for academic services
Kim Martin, MU assistant athletic director for life skills
Larry Ganong, MU professor and chair of the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee
Kevin Rutland, defensive back, MU football team
Rumors have been swirling around that the Big Ten conference might be courting MU. If so, what would it mean for the university, for the fans, and for mid-Missouri? This discussion covers the latest developments, looks at what might happen with the Pac-10 and Big 12 conferences, and helps sort out all the speculation.
Greg Bowers, Columbia Missourian sports editor and associate professor of journalism at MU
Darren Hellwege, KBIA sports director