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Mizzou 25: Coaches Edition (Round One)

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UPDATE: After 48 votes, it's an easy 62%-37% win for McArtor.

We continue with Round One of the Mizzou 25 Coaches Edition! It's time to determine who was the best, most likable, most influential Mizzou coach in the last 25 years! Competitors were seeded by more normal methods this time (as opposed to the chronological seeding of the Players Edition), and over the next week and a half, we'll be plowing through the first round matchups.

Half of Round Two has been established...three in blowouts and one in a nip-and-tuck battle. Click here for the bracket.

5/5: 1 Norm Stewart vs 16 Cindy Stein
5/6: 8 Joann Rutherford vs 9 Jay Miller
5/7: 5 Rick McGuire vs 12 Brian Hoffer
5/8: 4 Wayne & Susan Kreklow vs 13 Brian Blitz
5/9: 6 Gene McArtor vs 11 Larry Smith
5/10: 3 Brian Smith vs 14 Jared & Rebecca Wilmes
5/12: 7 Tim Jamieson vs 10 Jake Jacobson
5/13: 2 Gary Pinkel vs 15 Quin Snyder

Let's get rolling!

6 Gene McArtor vs 11 Larry Smith

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1974-94

1994-00

Career Record at Mizzou:
733-430-3

Five Best Seasons:
1976 - 46-22 (Big 8 Champs, 1-2 NCAAs)
1980 - 45-15-1 (Big 8 Champs, 2-2 NCAAs)
1981 - 43-18 (0-2 NCAAs)
1988 - 42-22 (1-2 NCAAs)
1991 - 41-20 (2-2 NCAAs)

Career Record at Mizzou:
33-46-1

Five Best Seasons:
1994 - 3-8-1
1996 - 5-6
1997 - 7-5 (Holiday Bowl)
1998 - 8-4 (Insight.Com Bowl Champs)
1999 - 4-7

An all-conference player at Mizzou, McArtor took over for legendary John "Hi" Simmons and won 732 games and two Big 8 titles in 21 seasons. He took Mizzou to 6 NCAA tourneys (it was harder to qualify back then) and also served as Associate A.D. during the search for Joe Ca$tiglione’s replacement in 1998. Beyond that, he was the Chairman of the NCAA Baseball Committee in the late-'80s, a period of strong growth for sport. Though he only amassed a 33-46-1 record in Columbia, Smith restored pride and raised expectations for Mizzou football after the program spent a decade lost in the wilderness. Without him and the upgrades he demanded to Mizzou's facilities, the Tigers would not be where they are today. He was on the sidelines for some of the most memorable games in Mizzou history, including the classic OT loss to Nebraska in 1997.