Ezekiel Elliott Passed on Mizzou Due to Lacking Media Coverage

By Ramzy Nasrallah on March 5, 2013 at 8:48p

Sensationalism is seizing on a small fraction of an interview and then disingenuously making it into the entire story. One writer who covers the football team representing the best journalism school in the country has done exactly that to Ohio State's star running back recruit:

Over the years I've heard recruits and their families cite just about every reason for the decisions they make when it comes to choosing a school. This might be a first.

If you're looking for someone to blame for Missouri not landing St. Louis running back Ezekiel Elliott, here's a new one. The local media. That's right. Me and my colleagues who cover the Tigers.

"Mizzou lacked the same type of influence Ohio State had," (Scout.com's Ari) Wasserman wrote. "They used Elliott's multiple visits to Mizzou and the fact that nobody wrote about it as an example.

Stacy Elliott admitted that the passion, the coverage and just the overall following at Ohio State blows Mizzou out of the water.

I'm crushed by guilt. If only I could have done more to help the Tigers land Elliott. Where's Will Hunting's psychiatrist when you need him? Give it to me straight, Robin Williams. "It's not your fault. It's not your fault. It's not your fault. … "

In fairness, the Elliotts discussed other reasons that factored into the decision. But this one I'd describe as, well, unique.

That ain't right, man. You're making it sound like that's exclusively why he left home for Ohio, when that's not even close to the truth - which you buried at the very end of the story.

It didn't take very long for EzE to respond:

And just for good measure:


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Dr. House's picture

i approve of any football player saying media butt hurt

dubjayfootball90's picture

Good to hear. Eze gonna be good man

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

Maestro's picture

Like I have always said about Mizzou.  Wannabe program with little to no pull and a serious inferiority complex.

vacuuming sucks

bigbadbuck's picture

And with good reason.....not too many teams in the SEC that didn't use them as a welcome mat during the year

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, its a war room

Hovenaut's picture

Bitter much, Mizzou press?

MediBuck's picture

Exactly. They want to feel all self important.
But let's be honest. If I were a reporter in Columbia, would I be excited to cover this, this, this, or this?
Nope. Didn't think so. Something tells me if he wanted to win, EzE chose the right place to be.

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

William's picture

These Missouri reporters just need to spot being butt hurt and trying to twist my family's words.

This was awesome. 

MN Buckeye's picture

"In fairness, the Elliotts discussed other reasons that factored into the decision. But this one I'd describe as, well, unique."
Not too much fairness here at all.


yeah the media have power over the universe and 18-19-year old teenagers. And I'm going to be the next Pope. Happy to have you, Zeke. Going to be great watching you help us beat the SEC teams Mizzou will never beat.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

northcampus's picture

For being 'the best journalism school in America' you would think the writer could/would do a little better than throwing a kid still in high school under the bus in a questionable attempt on providing an excuse on why he chose not to attend the school.
Then again, Pat Forde went to Missouri and he's been writing questionable content for years.

GoBucksToledo's picture

Well, EzE won't have to worry about sub par journalism once he starts at tOSU with 11W covering him!

gobucks96's picture

Love how reporting is becoming more about the reporters and less about the reported.

toad1204's picture

Its a trickle down effect from a certain sports network.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

kevinfrenchfry's picture

i guess zeke is gonna rock #15 this year

Denny's picture

Pat Forde went to Mizzou. 


buckeye76BHop's picture

Loved his first tweet...good stuff;-)

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Meh. If you saw some of the tweets he was getting after NSD, you wouldn't find this surprising.

I really like his mom. She's so pro-Buckeye it's almost like she's the one that got the scholarship. lol It seems she even reads 11w.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

gnesq1's picture

oh they read....they read...