Mar 20, 2020 3:28 AM

Missouri State officially cancels spring practices and team activities

Posted Mar 20, 2020 3:28 AM

SPRINGFIELD – Missouri State University has officially halted all remaining intercollegiate athletic team practices, scrimmages and activities for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year, Director of Athletics Kyle Moats verified Thursday (March 19).

Thursday’s announcement comes less than a week after the MVC President’s Council took formal action on March 13 to cancel all remaining spring competitions.

In an effort to remain in concert with campus policies, procedures and social distancing standards related to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) threat, the following updates are now in place:

• Discontinuation of all team practices, individual instruction, in-person team meetings and film sessions

• Discontinuation of team strength and conditioning workouts and weight room activities

• Cancellation of spring football workouts and spring game

• Cancellation of Bears All-Sports Showcase and Maroon and White Banquet

• All athletic fields, courts, competition facilities and workout facilities will be closed for the remainder of the semester

• Missouri State student-athletes will continue to have access to the following facilities with revised hours of operation:

- Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Academic Achievement Center

- Athletic Medical and Rehabilitation Services staff and athletic training facilities

“In communicating with other Missouri Valley Conference schools, all of them are either following the same protocol we are or headed that direction in the coming days,” said Moats. “Being responsive to the changing landscape of this issue is a priority for all of us.”

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K-State hires Chuck Lillie as football Scouting Analyst

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Chuck Lillie, a bright young mind in the recruiting and scouting world, has been hired by Kansas State’s football program as a Scouting Analyst.

Lillie will spend his time evaluating film of prospects and assisting the football coaches in their recruiting efforts. He will also work with Director of Football Recruiting Taylor Braet and the recruiting staff in hosting prospects on campus.

“We are thrilled to have Chuck as a part of our program,” head coach Chris Klieman said. “We knew we wanted to expand our recruiting staff and provide more assistance for Taylor and Hank Jacobs, and to get someone like Chuck is phenomenal for our program. He not only comes from one of the top football programs in the country, he has tremendous organizational skills, brings a great deal of energy and is well-connected in the recruiting world. We are excited to have him on board.”

Lillie worked for five seasons at Clemson while obtaining his undergraduate degree, including three seasons in recruiting. He comes to Manhattan after serving in the 2019 pre-season as a Pro Scouting Intern with the New York Giants before returning to Clemson to serve as a Playoff Analyst for the Tigers’ 2019 campaign.

“I’m extremely excited to join Coach Klieman and the entire Kansas State football family,” Lillie said. “It’s an honor to be working for this staff, and I’m looking forward to helping bring championships to Kansas State.”

Lillie earned his start at Clemson as a recruiting assistant from 2015 to 2017 where he developed a very thorough understanding for the Tigers’ unique style of recruiting. He collaborated with coaches and colleagues to create strategies to generate interest in Clemson among all recruits. He also assisted in the hosting of prospects and families while on campus and in Football Operations complex.

After graduating from Clemson with a degree in Sports Communication in May 2017, Lillie was a Recruiting Operations Intern for one year before pursuing his master’s in Athletic Leadership and serving as a Defensive Graduate Student Intern for the Tigers during their undefeated National Championship run in 2018.

While working on the recruiting side, Lillie assisted coaches and the recruiting department in execution of both day-to-day and big-picture recruiting plans. He worked to identify any unknown prospects and passed those prospects along to coaches to be evaluated further. He also worked directly with the graphic design department to send out personalized graphics to recruits.

Working with the Tiger defensive staff, Lillie assisted coaches with daily preparations for practice, diagramed opponent offensive plays, developed weekly opponent game plans and assisted in weekly opponent breakdown.

In his one year in East Rutherford, Lillie studied and evaluated NFL players and made cut-up tapes on players for the Giants’ Pro Personnel Department to evaluate. He also monitored the daily NFL waiver wire and managed free agent short lists across all positions. In addition, Lillie wrote advanced scouting reports on upcoming opponents, including team tendencies and personnel packages, and he assisted with all free agent workouts.

Lillie is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and graduated from the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland in 2013.

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