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Missouri's average ACT of incoming freshmen that leads the Big 12 would rank in the middle of the...

Missouri's average ACT of incoming freshmen that leads the Big 12 would rank in the middle of the Big Ten, ahead of Ohio State and behind Penn State. That MU journalism school is No. 1 -- in the world. Only five other universities nationally have medicine, veterinary, law, engineering and agricultural schools all on one campus. Missouri's on-campus nuclear reactor produces more radio isotopes for health care purposes than any in the country. There's a professor named Gabor Forgas who has invented a device called the organ printer. It is what it sounds like. Someday, Forgas hopes to grow human organs. That's the university résumé you don't know. The other stuff has been figured out, or so Missouri hopes. In the end, all Mizzou has to do is make the cut of the final 12, 14, 16 (or more) that will result from a reconstituted Big Ten. The cheerleaders in the effort don't all reside on message boards. Not only are faculty members like Brooks accomplished educators, they are also fans. "Hell, yes," is a refrain being heard around Brooks' office, the faculty lounge and university. Since the Big Ten broached the subject of expansion again in December, Missouri has not been shy about its interest. When it comes to the Big Ten, Ol' Mizzou has been the waitress who unbuttons a couple of buttons on her blouse, leans over a table of guys and tells them, "I get off in five minutes." Oh yeah, Missouri is available.

CBS's Dennis Dodds in a mostly outstanding column about Mizzou and the Big Ten. (One quibble: Little Dixie? I've lived here over 12 years and have NEVER heard Columbia called "Little Dixie" ... maybe others have?)
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