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Mizzou Links, 6-5-13

It's camp season, Ehren Earleywine's got options, and Tim Hickman talks facilities.

Here's a picture of Dave Steckel, just because.
Here's a picture of Dave Steckel, just because.
Bill Carter

1. It's camp season!

That usually means another few offers and a commit or two. Xavier Smith and Connor McGovern, who could each see quite a bit of playing time this year, got Mizzou's attention during summer camp season. We'll see who pops up this year.

PowerMizzou: Recruiting Camp Notebook: Day 1

Blue Valley (Kan.) linebacker Henry McGrew wins the unofficial Eric Beisel Award for Workout Warrior. McGrew looks the part of a college defender, and he said measured in at 6-foot-3, 238-pounds on Tuesday. McGrew already has a handful of offers, including ones from Kansas and Illinois, but he's hoping to earn one from Missouri after a strong performance on Tuesday. We'll have a full story on McGrew later this week.

Other Recruiting
PowerMizzou: Rivals250 ATH has 'good impression' of three Alabama, Auburn in top five for 4-star 2014 QB David Cornwell Top QB prospect David Cornwell's eligibility case tabled in Oklahoma

Old Recruiting
PowerMizzou: Recruiting Rewind: Lambert and Keck

2. Basketball is recruiting, too

PowerMizzou: 2014 Hoops Hot Board, Part 1

3. Earleywine speaks

The Trib: Earleywine wraps up 2013, begins unwrapping 2014

As for next season, Missouri has several freshmen incoming as part of a highly rated recruiting class. The Tigers also will add Sami Fagan, a transfer from Florida who had to sit out last season. This all means some shifting in the fielding lineup. Fagan will get a crack at shortstop, sending Corrin Genovese to third base, her true position, Earleywine said. Second baseman Emily Crane may move into the outfield, where she was recruited to play, and incoming freshman Kelli Schkade, of Texas, could be Crane's replacement at second. They are expected to compete for the spot. Crane, Kayla Kingsley and Mackenzie Sykes and incoming freshman pitcher-hitter Casey Stangel would be in line for the outfield spots. Stangel, when not pitching, and Angela Randazzo could be options at designated player. Catcher, where Jenna Marston leaves a gaping hole, is freshman Kirsten Mack's job to lose, Earleywine said. Kelsea Roth will remain at first base. "Really, to me the question is third, second and short," Earleywine said. "What do you do with Genovese, Fagan, Crane, Schkade? How do you mix those kids up? Who plays what position? That's really going to be the toughest decision I think?"

4. Mike Dixon may finally be on the move

Post-Dispatch: Ex-Tiger visits Memphis
KC Star: Former MU guard Michael Dixon Jr. visits Memphis
The Dagger: Memphis gambles that impact transfer Michael Dixon’s talent is worth the risk of taking him

5. And some more facilities talk

Post-Dispatch: More on Mizzou's facilities facelift

[Tim] Hickman also touched on athletic department finances. The athletic department projects a budget of $73-75 million for the next fiscal year, up from around $67 million last year.

“We knew going into the league there’d be a lot of excitement,” he said. “One, there’s more revenue from the league. Two, our ticket sales, particularly in football, were significantly up last year. In basketball, somewhat. There’s not as much growth potential there. And our giving was significantly up.”

“You always worry about a little dip in Year 2, particularly because we didn’t have the season in football that we hoped to have,” he added. “So we’ve gone into this next year projecting that a little bit lower. But early indications are we’re pretty strong. Our (season ticket) renewals are going really well. We haven’t started single-game sales yet but the schedule, as you’ll always have in the SEC, we have some great teams coming in.”