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Missouri's 2012 recruiting class had massive upside and major problems

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What's On: HOOPS WIN

University of Missouri Athletics - #22 @MizzouWBB Outlasts LSU, 52-46

Mizzou was led by a balanced scoring attack as eight different players scored with junior Lindsey Cunningham (Columbia, Mo.) leading the way by tying her career-high with 16 points. Senior Morgan Stock (Town & Country, Mo.) gave Mizzou a much-needed scoring lift in the second half with three triples. She finished with 12 points, connecting on 4-of-6 field goals from distance. Mizzou's bench, led by Stock, was the difference as it outscored LSU's 21-6.

Our own AlaTiger has been doing an awesome job tracking the women's team. You can read more here.

Reactions to Maty Mauk's dismissal

Kentrell Brothers on Maty Mauk's dismissal:

"Before the first suspension, I knew nothing of his problems," Brothers said. "I was actually completely unaware of them. When the video came out, I was even more surprised."

The defender added that Missouri’s new coach had little choice when deciding Mauk’s future.

"I’m not surprised by what Coach Odom did," Brothers said. "He has a lot of new changes to make, and if (he) wants to start off on a good foot, then I think he made the right decision."

Mizzou football dismisses Maty Mauk : Dave Matter

Maty Mauk dismissed from MU football program : David Morrison

The Curse of the Class of 2012 - Columbia Daily Tribune | Columbia Missouri: Behind The Stripes

If you were one of the 19 players the Tigers signed in that class, you've been almost just as likely to leave before your eligibility was through (nine) than stick it out, or be on track to do so (10).

Maty Mauk is one of the former, following his dismissal from the team Thursday.

Scherer is one of the latter. He's still around.

"The lucky few. We made it. If I was on an island, maybe on ‘Survivor,’ I guess I’d last pretty long," Scherer said Aug. 19, when asked about his class. "When we lined up for our team picture this year and every line was pretty long and ours was like nine people, yeah, it was a little weird. Survival of the fittest around here, I guess."

So many great players in that class, and so many issues.

Gary Pinkel speaks

PowerMizzou posted a podcast with Gary Pinkel yesterday, and it was quite good.

Big recruiting weekend

Albert Okwuegbunam is among a group of recruits visiting Columbia this weekend.

#MIZNSD16: A Mizzou Fan’s Guide to Everything Related to National Signing Day

A Championship Vision: Meet #Mizzou's Ryan Walters

Looking forward to this year, Walters is expecting big shoes to be filled. Now that Ian Simon, last years senior captain has graduated, Coach Walters is hoping Anthony Sherrils can replace that loss.

"I am looking for Anthony Sherrils to really make a drastic jump in his productivity. I thought he played well starting as a sophomore his first year in the SEC," Walters said. "You see that huge jump in the sophomore to junior year, getting that year of experience under their belt. So I am looking for him to grow as a player and also in terms of leadership."

There's a lot going on right now!

Wrestling

University of Missouri Athletics - No. 5 @MizzouWrestling to Host No. 7 Oklahoma Saturday

Softball

Earleywine expects leaner Sanchez to show better range at third base - Columbia Daily Tribune | Columbia Missouri: Mu

Swimming & Diving

University of Missouri Athletics - @MizzouSwimDive Women Close SEC Action With 138-96 Win Over Vanderbilt