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Woohoo! Mizzou and Illinois dislike each other again sort of!

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Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

It started innocently enough. Mizzou is evidently looking to land another high school offensive lineman in its 2017 class, and it found a pretty good one to offer in Peoria (Ill.)’s Kendrick Green.

Green is listed as a high-three-star recruit per both Rivals and the 247Sports composite, and he has already taken official visits to UCF, Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota. Probably a little late to get in on him, but at worst, Mizzou has an ‘in’ into the Peoria area: one mister Josh Augusta.

One person who noticed these tweets: Illinois running backs coach Thaddeus Ward.

Mizzou missed out on a couple of St. Louis-area recruits to Lovie Smith’s Illini over the summer — offensive lineman Larry Boyd and defensive back Tony Adams — and Illinois has managed to hold onto them despite going 3-9 and ranking 98th in S&P+ this year.

Someone else then noticed Ward’s tweet: Mizzou recruiting director A.J. Ofodile.

Shade! It’s a shade party! Mizzou and Illinois actually kind of dislike each other in football! This is great news!

Granted, this salt is coming in a recruitment that Missouri is almost certainly too late to have a chance in (hey, you never know, I guess), and granted, Mizzou currently ranks nearly 20 spots ahead of Illinois in the 247 Composite rankings. (And there’s the whole “70 percent more wins over the last decade” thing, too.)

Regardless, any Mizzou-Illinois shade is good Mizzou-Illinois shade. Let’s get that hate pumping. And maybe we can get a Braggin’ Rights football game scheduled for ... [checks future schedules] ... are you freaking kidding me? Illinois doesn’t have an open non-conference slot until 2023? Seriously? That’s even worse than Mizzou.

Plenty of time for the hate to ferment, then, I guess.


Apropos of nothing:

Illinois v Missouri Photo by Elsa/Getty Images
University of Illinois Fighting Illini v University of Missouri Tigers Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images
University of Illinois Fighting Illini v University of Missouri Tigers Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images
University of Illinois Illinois Fighting v University of Missouri Tigers Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

But I digress.

More recruiting links:


Jordan Barnett makes his 2016-17 debut on Saturday

To say the least, it would be stupendous if you were awesome, Jordan.


Rapid fire: