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Missouri is ~$5 million away from a new south end zone football facility

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Here are today's Mizzou Links.

The University of Missouri Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has received another generous gift toward its upcoming football facility.  A confidential donor has made a $1 million gift for the new south end zone facility at Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field which is currently in planning and development stages.

This gift is another in the line of major contributions for the project which have totaled over $20 million in the past three months.  In all, current fundraising for the project has surpassed $70 million raised to date.

-- MUtigers.com: Mizzou Athletics Receives Another $1 Million Gift for Football Project

The latest donation pushes Mizzou over the $70 million mark in fundraising for the $75 million project.

"We are pleased to announce yet another significant gift from a very generous supporter," Tigers athletic director Jim Sterk said in a statement. "Our fundraising success is the direct result of our donors’ belief in the direction our program is heading under the leadership of (first-year football coach) Barry Odom. People believe in his vision and they are stepping up to help in important ways."

-- KC Star: Fundraising for Mizzou’s proposed football facility tops $70 million

Mizzou's (and Sterk's) progress on this project has been impressive considering the general football malaise of the last two years. The Tigers' average attendance plummeted in 2016, but he's finding a lot of money in couch cushions. $5 million more to go, I guess, and then the real fun begins.

Mizzou Tigers pennant More 2016 post-mortems:

The Trib (Blake Toppmeyer): 2016 takeaways: Middle of MU's defense was a problem area that needs attention

The Trib (Blake Toppmeyer): USA Today report: Heupel's salary ties him for 16th in pay among SEC assistants

Mizzou Tigers pennant Oh hey, another (minor) women's hoops injury

MUtigers.com: Michaelis Tallies 24 Points to Guide Mizzou to 72-60 Win Over SIUE

The Trib: Michaelis' 24 points lift MU women to victory as Cunningham sits with injury

The Missourian: Cunningham sisters or not, Missouri tops SIUE

The Missourian: Sierra Michaelis has hot hand for Missouri in win over SIUE

When your head coach goes into "Hey, do you know anybody who can hoop a bit?" stage, you know you're dealing with quite the injury list.

Mizzou Tigers pennant A huge Thursday matchup:

MUtigers.com: Two Olympians Highlight Top-5 Dual Between @MizzouWrestling and Ohio State

The Trib: MU wrestling must stay the course amid injury-riddled start

Mizzou Tigers pennant A huge Friday matchup:

MUtigers.com: #15 @MizzouVB Meets #2 Minnesota Friday in Sweet 16

The Trib: MU volleyball musings: Tigers have 'everything to gain, nothing to lose' at Minnesota

Mizzou Tigers pennant Karissa wins every award

MUtigers.com: Schweizer Named Honda Sport Winner for Cross Country

Mizzou Tigers pennant The value of a CVL

The Maneater: Cullen the coach: VanLeer utilizes education roots to mentor teammates

Mizzou Tigers pennant New PAPN!

Consume!