Mizzou fans fans should feel like winners again after hire of Martin

FILE - Cuonzo Martin was introduced as the new head basketball coach at Missouri on Monday. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker, File)

COLUMBIA --- J'Den Cox wins again, he's now a three-time national champion.

Simply fantastic.

The Missouri baseball team wins again. And again. And again. Keep repeating until you reach 19. There's no crying in baseball --- and there aren't any 19-game winning streaks in baseball, either

So that's pretty good, too.

The Missouri women had another good season and were, once again, just one win away from the Sweet 16 for the second straight year.

These are all great happenings from the land of all things Mizzou. But, rightly or wrongly, those feats have been swallowed up in the wake of what happened the last five days.

Cuonzo Martin happened.

While it was known last Wednesday, the East St. Louis native was formerly introduced as the 19th head coach of basketball Tigers Monday afternoon before a gathering of several hundred fans at Mizzou.

These are fans who are starved for a winner and welcomed Martin with open arms. You could almost feeling the hugs floating from the seats to the stage.

"This is a special day for me, it's a tremendous feeling --- it just feels like home," said Martin, who's signed a seven-year deal worth $21 million. "It seems like this thing has come full circle. I just feel like this is a great place for me, with tremendous tradition and a tremendous fan base.

"Mizzou's not just a national brand, it's a world brand. I think we have everything we need to be the last team standing some day."

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