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NCAA rule change allows schools to pay for recruits' family members. That's great news for Missouri.

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Other NCAA rulings have sucked up most of the oxygen in the room, but the organization quietly voted to allow schools to pay for recruits' families to come on official visits with a given prospect. PowerMizzou's Pete Scantlebury did a nice job of looking at what that might mean for Mizzou.

PowerMizzou: NCAA rule change a boon for Missouri

This rule change is a huge boon for schools like Missouri, which have to do a large part of their recruiting not just out of state, but out of region. That makes it tough to find a large chunk of their recruiting base within driving distance. [...]

Will Missouri start landing more of these out-of-state recruits? Maybe. Maybe not. But the key is that they'll have a pretty opportunity to paint the full picture of the program, of the university, of the town with parents and guardians now easily able to take a free trip.

After the events and media coverage of last fall, too, it couldn't have come at a better time.

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The Trib: Missouri men's basketball makes gains in APR, avoids penalties

Post-Dispatch: Mizzou basketball avoids APR penalties

The Missourian: Missouri men's basketball's Academic Progress Rate lowest in SEC

KC Star: Missouri men’s basketball receives good news with latest APR score

Jeez, way to be a downer about it, Missourian. The other three outlets go with some version of "Improvement!" and you go with "still stinks!"

By the way...

APR, football (and other sports) edition @MizzouAthletics Ranks Among SEC's Best in Academic Progress Rates

Four Mizzou sport programs, men's golf, volleyball, women's swimming & diving and tennis, scored perfect 1000 multi-year rates, placing the Tigers as one of five schools in the SEC with at least four sports ranking as best in the conference.

Additionally, Mizzou's men's track & field (986), women's basketball (991) and women's track & field (995) all ranked within the Top 3 of their respective sports in the SEC.

Eleven of Mizzou's 17 SEC-sponsored sports rank in the top half of the league for the 2014-15 season's multi-year APR.

The Trib (Blake Toppmeyer): MU football matches its single-year high for APR score

Norm! "Norm" Documentary is the Latest from ESPN Films

Mizzou Men's Basketball legend Norm Stewart's life will be chronicled by ESPN Films for its SEC Storied series on Sunday, May 1, with the premiere of "Norm". The documentary focuses on Stewart's early days as a student-athlete at Mizzou, his run of success that impassioned the state of Missouri towards Mizzou Basketball and his ongoing work to defeat cancer. [...]

Mizzou fans will have a special chance to see the documentary prior to its premiere at Mizzou Arena on Friday, April 29, with a free public screening at Noon. Fans are instructed to park in Lot P directly south of the arena and proceed through the main south doors, which will open at 11:30 a.m.

I was wondering which part of his career/life this documentary would focus the most on, and apparently the answer is "everything."

The Trib (Steve Walentik): Stewart the focus of "Norm," an SEC Storied documentary debuting May 1

Post-Dispatch: Norm Stewart featured in new SEC film

KC Star: Mizzou will screen ESPN’s documentary on Norm Stewart before it debuts

Mizzou Tigers pennant Hey, Kyle

The Maneater: Q&A: Mizzou great Kyle Gibson talks about his alma mater and playing in MLB

PB: How did Missouri help you progress into the big leagues?

KG: Mizzou was a pretty special time for me. One thing that we focused on a lot was mental preparation and being as good as you can mentally. That’s something that’s stayed with me over the last six years, seven years since I’ve been there and something that I’ll never forget. Whether it’s going after contact and having the confidence in your stuff or … trying to get to two strikes as fast as possible, there are still things that I try to look at and try to focus on that were instilled on me at Mizzou … it was a dear place in my heart and my wife’s heart as well, she’s an (alumna) also. To be able to go back whenever we can and to get to relive memories and remember the life lessons we learned there is a lot of fun.

Tanner Houck's going to be up for a lot of awards in the next 14 months or so @MizzouBaseball’s Houck Named to Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List

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