Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mizzou Notes: Injury Forces Bauer to Drop Football

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mizzou Notes: Injury Forces Bauer to Drop Football

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COLUMBIA, MO. * When one of the state's top recruits had to sit out his senior year of high school in 2014, he could only focus on the future.

"I was devastated," offensive lineman Andy Bauer said two years ago when he was still recovering from hip surgery that sidelined him for his final season at De Smet. "But you can't sit and dwell. You can't focus on what you can't control. I had to accept it and move forward."

Bauer's move forward in football ended this week. After taking part in Missouri's first practice of the spring Tuesday, Bauer made the decision to leave the sport. Bauer would have been a redshirt sophomore for the Tigers this fall. He underwent a second hip operation last summer and never saw the field in his college career.

"Despite his dedication and commitment to post-surgical and sport specific rehabilitation over a long period of time, Andy was unable to return to his previous level of football-related activity," MU head athletics trainer Rex Sharp said in a statement released by MU. "In the interest of Andy's overall health and welfare, and to help ensure his academic success, the athletic health care staff, football staff, Andy and his family have decided that Andy will retire from football.

"Andy is a tremendous young man with an extremely bright future, and we wish him nothing but the best. He's been an outstanding representative of Mizzou Football, and he will always be a member of our family."

Bauer, a four-star recruit, initially made an oral commitment to Ole Miss but later changed his choice to Missouri. He was rated the nation's No. 8 offensive guard prospect in the 2014 class by Rivals.com.

Bauer redshirted his first year at Mizzou in 2014, then had arthroscopic hip surgery in June 2015. He was a backup last fall as a redshirt freshman, practicing at guard and center.

Bauer is the second Mizzou player to retire from the sport with a hip injury since last season. Tailback Morgan Steward made the same decision in February.

WAITING GAME

Knowing her team wasn't likely to make last year's NCAA Tournament field, MU women's basketball coach Robin Pingeton still had her team over to watch the bracket selection show. She cleverly planted some seeds of motivation with the invitation.

Sure enough, the Tigers didn't make the field and settled for a third straight appearance in the WNIT.

"It's a teachable moment and opportunity to just embrace that time together as a team and see how other teams respond and react," Pingeton said Friday. "You paint the picture of where you're trying to get to, and for them to visually see that I think is really important."

"It was fun to see the other teams excited and happy they were going," senior guard Maddie Stock said. "I was like, 'Yeah, I definitely want to be part of that.'"

The Tigers (21-9) will gather again for Monday's selection show but this time fully expect to make the field. …

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