Missouri Football: Tigers hit by losses during bye week

COLUMBIA, MO - SEPTEMBER 9: Dimetrios Mason
COLUMBIA, MO - SEPTEMBER 9: Dimetrios Mason /

Missouri took a couple hits to their roster during the bye week, finding yet another way to lose, although it wasn’t on the football field, per se.

To kick off the weekend, news of starting wide receiver Dimetrious Mason’s departure from the team greeted many of us this morning. Just when things seemed like they couldn’t get much worse for Mizzou, the Tigers then lost 2018 commit La’Dedric Jackson.

Starting with the bigger surprise, it was later announced that Mason was dismissed from the team for disciplinary reasons, after the initial report that he had left the team.

With Mason no longer on the team, Missouri finds itself short a starting receiver, who had the second-most receiving yards on the season. While the loss of depth and experience is disappointing, this may give Johnathon Johnson more opportunities to play, alongside Emmanuel Hall.

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On Friday evening, 3-star outside linebacker La’Dedric Johnson withdrew his 2018 intent to play for Missouri, and reopened his recruitment.


While he didn’t specify his decision to reopen his recruitment, it’s likely safe to assume that Missouri’s lack of winning probably played a part in his reconsideration.

For Odom, the flames of what’s becoming a failed season continue to grow, ever higher. If the Tigers can show more cohesion and string together more positive plays, then maybe he can make a case to keep his job.

The good news, at least for him, is there are eight more games to go. At this point, it’s not easy to say Missouri has a chance to at least win one or two more games, but maybe they can do just that.

However, it was also interesting to see Missouri Chancellor Alexander Cartwright offered his thoughts, stated, “I think we need to have patience to see where things are going and then we’ll make a decision when we think the time is right to make that decision, but it’s too early right now.”

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Odom, who declines media interaction over the bye week, will speak again on Monday, as Missouri prepares for its first road game of the season at Kentucky.