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Minnesota is playing in its first January bowl game in 50+ years, Marcus Murphy and Shane Ray rake in the honors, and Mike Alden, the Farmer family, and the 1969 Mizzou football team are inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

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What's On

How about a piece on the new video board?

Or a feature about Mizzou seniors?

22 days to the Citrus Bowl

The Trib: Resurgent Minnesota used to challenging ranked teams
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): Q and A with Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan

Any consternation due to the fact that you have no real experience knowing how well Missouri and Minnesota will travel to Orlando, fan-wise?

It’s still a business, and you’ve got to do your best to pay the bills and all that. But we’ve always tried our best to make decisions based on deserving teams and being fair to the players and coaches, and reward them for their seasons. That’s really what we’re there to do to begin with. If you can accomplish that and still kind of keep the lights on, that’s the mission. So you think about it a little bit, but it’s exciting at the same time. They haven’t had the chance to be there, it’s kind of fresh and new for everybody involved. Somebody like Minnesota hasn’t played on New Year’s Day since the ’60s. Missouri’s had a little bit more success in recent years in terms of that sort of a bowl game, but still hasn’t played in Orlando in a long, long time. I think any chance you get to be around one of those programs, much less two, it’s just going to be a fun week. I think the fans will do their job. The fans are supporting those two programs and, the more they get opportunities to play in the top picks in their respective leagues, in and around the top two to three games in the league lineup, I think the fans will respond to that, support the players and the whole program. We’re looking forward to it locally. I just think it’ll be fun for all of us and, hopefully, for the kids, coaches and families.

Getting to know the Golden Gophers : Sports

Q: How much does this game mean to Minnesota, the program and the fans, getting to play a January bowl for the first time in more than 50 years?

A: It’s huge. This is a tough market for a college team because there are so many entertainment options with all the pro sports, etc. I know people came out of the woodwork during the Glen Mason era, when he had the 8-4 finish in 1999 and 10-3 finish in 2003. But those were Sun Bowl seasons. The program went right back down the tubes with Tim Brewster. Fans started believing again last year, when Jerry Kill's team beat Nebraska and Penn State, but even at 8-4, the Gophers played their second straight bowl in Houston. So people have been pining for this. It would have been deflating to get a lesser bowl this year after beating Michigan, Nebraska and Iowa. The Gophers got lucky to get the Citrus Bowl bid, but maybe they were overdue for some luck. And from the feedback I'm getting, people are really excited about it.

Hopefully people watch the Citrus like they watched the SECCG...
Sports Media Watch: CFB Week 15 Overnights: SEC Title Game Tops Iron Bowl

Awards Season

DISRESP--oh wait. That's a pretty good amount of respect right there...

MUTIGERS.COM: Ray, Murphy Earn 1st-Team All-SEC Honors from League Coaches
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): MU ties with Alabama for most selections on coaches' All-SEC teams
Post-Dispatch: MU's Murphy earns double honor from SEC coaches

Also: year-in-review season
PowerMizzou: 2014 Review: QB

And while we're talking about Mizzou honors...
The Missourian: Missouri Sports Hall of Fame announces inductees for Class of 2015

Mike Alden, University of Missouri athletics director: Alden has been the director of athletics at Missouri since 1998 and is the third longest tenured AD in school history. He has seen at least one conference championship in football, men's basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball, baseball and wrestling, and he has led $233.2 million in facility developments. [...]

The Farmer family, Jefferson City: The family's legacy began with Elliot Farmer, a standout athlete himself. His son, Mike, was a quarterback and punter in 1970 and 1971 at the University of Missouri. Mike’s son, Kirk, was also a quarterback at Missouri from 1999 to 2002 and led the team in passing in 2001 with nearly 1,600 yards and 13 touchdowns. Leslie Farmer, Kirk's cousin, was a track and field athlete at Missouri and is the school record holder in the 400-meter hurdles. Her brother, Elliot, was a standout football player in high school before an automobile accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. [...]

1969 University of Missouri football team: The 1969 Tigers finished the regular season 9-1 and recorded wins over three top-20 teams, beating rival Kansas in the annual "Border War." The team finished 6-1 in the Big 8, earning a co-conference championship with Nebraska and finished the year ranked No. 6 in both the AP and coaches polls.

MUTIGERS.COM: Carly Kan Earns AVCA All-Southeast Region Honors

The Trib: Former Missouri golf Coach Poe inducted into GCAA Hall of Fame

Let's check in on the basketball team...

The Missourian: Rosburg, Post struggling through early season slumps (yeah, if this isn't a slump, I'd hate to know what a slump looks like...)

KBIA Sports: Keith Shamburger’s long road to Missouri
The Maneater: Making a ‘meaner guy’ out of Johnathan Williams III

Basketball picks back up tomorrow night with a visit from Elon.