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Mizzou 25: Coaches Edition (Quarterfinal #1)

UPDATE: We've got our first shutout. After 64 votes, Norm wins it...64-0.

It's on to the Quarterfinals in the Mizzou 25 Coaches Edition, the tournament to determine who was the best, most likable, most influential Mizzou coach in the last 25 years! We rounded through an upset-free first round, and we'll hopefully see a little more competition in the second. Click here for the bracket.

5/14: 1 Norm Stewart vs 8 Joann Rutherford
5/15: 4 The Kreklows vs 5 Rick McGuire
5/16: 3 Brian Smith vs 6 Gene McArtor
5/17: 2 Gary Pinkel vs 7 Tim Jamieson

1 Norm Stewart vs 8 Joann Rutherford




Career Record at Mizzou:

Five Best Seasons:
75-76 - 26-5 (Elite Eight)
79-80 - 25-6 (Sweet 16)
81-82 - 27-4 (Sweet 16)
88-89 - 29-8 (Sweet 16)
93-94 - 28-4 (Elite Eight)

Career Record at Mizzou:

Five Best Seasons:
1977-78 - 26-6 (AIAW Satellite III 2nd Round)
1981-82 - 24-9 (NCAA Sweet 16)
1982-83 - 24-6 (NCAA 1st Round)
1983-84 - 25-6 (NCAA 1st Round)
1985-86 - 20-12 (NCAA 2nd Round)

The face of Mizzou Athletics for three decades, Stewart was first an all-time great Mizzou athlete, getting his number retired at Mizzou for his basketball exploits and playing on Mizzou's 1954 National Championship Baseball team. Oh yeah, and he won 634 games in 32 seasons as Tiger head coach, leading Mizzou to two Elite Eights and coaching 8 All-Americans and 29 NBA draftees along the way. He's also the most quotable Missouri Tiger ever, spitting out Normisms faster than you can write them down. The female Norm Stewart and the Mother of Mizzou Basketball (she took over during the Mizzou women's second season in existence), Rutherford prowled the sidelines for 23 seasons at Mizzou, winning 422 games and amassing a .618 win percentage. She won 20+ games for 8 straight seasons in the 1980s, coached the two greatest Tiger ladies of all-time (Renee Kelly and Joni Davis), and reached the NCAA Tournament six times.