Mizzou football heading to Joplin

The basketball team is hoping to play an exhibition game to benefit Joplin, Mo., after traveling to help the city last month, and now, the football team will try to help as well.

The city, about three hours away from Missouri's campus in Columbia, Mo., was torn apart by tornadoes on May 22.

The football team plans to travel by bus to Joplin on Friday to help however possible, from cleanup efforts to rebuilding, as well as passing out supplies the program collected since the disaster.

Last Saturday, the team filled a semi trailer "mostly full of personal hygiene products, paper products, non-perishable food, water, cleaning supplies, batteries, flashlights, etc.," team officials said.

The team will also help unload the truck, but other details surrounding the trip are still in development.

Former Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel, now with the New Orleans Saints, is expected to join the team on the trip. He'll also return to Columbia on Saturday and sign autographs at a car dealership in town for $20 minimum donations to benefit relief efforts.

It's good to see the program take ownership of its status as the state's flagship institution. The university also recently launched a "One Mizzou" campaign, selling T-shirts to benefit the city and collecting supplies to give to the people of Joplin.

Most of the time summers are spent developing players on the field. On Friday, it sounds like the Tigers will get a chance to do some development as people off it.