Gabe DeArmond of PowerMizzou.com is reporting that Missouri Tigers baseball head coach Tim Jamieson is resigning.
The expectations of Jamieson and his job security were put in doubt following the conclusion of Mizzou's 2016 season. The Tigers had gone through a serious drought of high-quality play, having made the NCAA Baseball Tournament only once from 2009-2016. That came back in 2012 when the Tigers won the Big 12 Tournament in their final year in the conference. The transition to the SEC has not been smooth and arguably has been the toughest of the bunch for all of Mizzou's sports, proving far more difficult than football, men's and women's basketball, softball and the like. It's expected when you take into account the rigors of the SEC, one of if not the best baseball conference in America, but suffice it to say that the Tigers have gone through a myriad of growing pains.
As DeArmond points out in his article about Jamieson's resignation, his contract status is a nonfactor:
Following the 2015 season, Jamieson's contract was up and a new athletic director was in place. After a few weeks of speculation, Mack Rhoades announced a new three-year contract for Jamieson. But he is stepping aside after the first year of that deal.
Sources indicate to PowerMizzou.com that Jamieson will receive four months salary. At this time, it is unknown what Jamieson's future with the University will be, or if he will have one. A source said that will be determined in the next four months.
Jamieson's departure signals the end of an era and of course the baseball program is not the only one to go through a transition in CoMO. The Tigers will have a new football coach roving the sidelines this coming year as Barry Odom will take over for long-tenured head coach Gary Pinkel.
What will be intriguing is to see where Mizzou baseball goes from here. Changing coaches will likely not provide an instant solution to Missouri's struggles over the past few years in the SEC. There are some improvements needed elsewhere, such as improving the facilities and spending more money to do such, so the athletic department's maneuvers from here on out will be ones to watch.
DeArmond suggests that two coaches in particular will likely be on Mizzou's radar.
As story notes logical places for #Mizzou to start replacement search are Arkansas assistant Tony Vitello and SEMO head coach Steve Bieser.— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) June 11, 2016
Either way, this will spark intrigue in seeing what the next step is for Mizzou baseball.
Mizzou baseball later confirmed the news shortly after DeArmond's report was issued out.