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St. Louis mayor gives Missouri coach Frank Haith a key to the city

May 10, 2012, 9:19 AM EDT

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The City of St. Louis has announced that Missouri head coach Frank Haith will receive an honorary key to the city from Mayor Francis Slay Thursday morning at 10 a.m.

This comes after a season in which Haith led the Tigers to a 30-5 record, before being eliminated by 15th-seeded Norfolk State in the Round of 64 of the NCAA tournament.

Considering the resistence with which Haith’s hiring was met, was it impressive? Absolutely. But, as Chad Garrison as the Riverfront Times points out, how is Rick Majerus feeling right now?

Majerus led the St. Louis Billikens to a 26-8 record this past year and the Round of 32, before losing narrowly to top-seeded Michigan State.

Where’s his key? I guess he’ll have to wait.

Missouri is looking to make another run next season in 2012-13, as they bring in one-year Connecticut transfer Alex Oriakhi to solidify the middle.

But, the Tigers will have to overcome the loss of guards Marcus Denmon and Kim English, as well as big man Ricardo Ratliffe.

Their recruiting class is a large one—seven players in total—led by Canadian native Stefan Jankovic.

As a side note, a little research shows that the city of St. Louis is a big fan of handing out keys to Missouri head coaches. In 2009, Slay presented then-coach Mike Anderson with a key to the city, as well.

Check out that video here.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. redletterday - May 10, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    This is just funny, given what happened in the fine city of St Louis less the 2 months ago. I seem to remember 30,000+ Jayhawks owning that city, and walking out of there with a ticket to the FInal Four.

    Maybe Omaha should give Haith the key to the city too, since his team might have needed it to unlock the door to the second round!

    Rock Chalk!

  2. mizzou28 - May 10, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Bwahhhahaha you beakers still all sore in the anus region? Throat sore from slurping on Bevo’s dong?

    Get over MU, they do not care about you. You are ancient history and on a sinking ship in the Big 2 (OU and Texas) Little 8 conference (the rest of the schools)

    You are right STL is a kU town, just like KC is. Except MU is pulling all the top football talent in KC to MU including the top HS player in ks. Clay Rhodes who is from the ks side of KC.

    Here is a hint, basketball, while a great sport and draw for college. Is nothing when compared to college football, that is why MU is going to the SEC and ku will be lucky to get a MWC invite. Rejoin your roots, call up the MVC.

    Oh and ku is SoooooOOOoooooo great in basketball, that in the other sports they flat out suck. Border War standings, MU 30 points ku 4.5 points. Hint, the Border War is a thing for all athletics about MU v ku.

  3. jbaxt - May 11, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    Is Ku still afraid to play MU next year? When Self said “MU’s like the cheating husband” when referring to not wanting to play MU, at least he acknowledged that MU was the man in the relationship.

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