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A long, dumb, demoralizing Missouri school year has finally come to an end

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Here are today's Mizzou Links.

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Mizzou Tigers pennant What's On

Take it away, Austin Kim.

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Congrats to all recent Mizzou graduates. As rough as morale has been this year, you just graduated from a special place, a melting pot of rural and urban, midwestern and southern, east and west, black and white. I talk a lot about how the things that create your strengths also create your weaknesses -- we saw plenty of the latter this year. P-L-E-N-T-Y.

We have learned this year that diversity is only good if it creates understanding, that poor leadership and poor communication can do the exact opposite, and that dreadful leadership and dreadful communication can create this school's worst year since, what, the Civil War? This was a bad year. A bad, bad year. But there will be good years again soon, and how quickly that comes about depends on the lessons we learn and the hires this school makes. (To be clear, I'm talking about the university as a whole, not the athletic department -- comparatively speaking, I've been pretty pleased with how the athletic department has handled most of this last year, though I do have plenty of questions about the softball investigation.)

Here's to hoping the upcoming hires are good ones. I don't have a lot of faith at the moment -- recruitment isn't exactly the easiest thing in the world right now, and some of the people who have provided dreadful leadership will be making some of these hires -- but a nice, restful, uneventful summer might change that sentiment.

*cough* Could've done without that last joke, coach...

...but this was a good first step. Or at least a momentary peace offering.

The Trib: Earleywine calls for ceasefire

Post-Dispatch: Mizzou softball coach calls for end to protest

KC Star: MU softball coach calls for end to players’ protest against athletic administration

Mizzou Tigers pennant Three days till Regionals

MUtigers.com: @MizzouSoftball to Host NCAA Regional for Eighth Consecutive Year

The Trib: MU softball earns No. 15 seed, will host regional for eighth straight year

Post-Dispatch: Mizzou softball picked to host NCAA regional

KC Star: Embattled Missouri draws No. 15 seed for NCAA softball tourney

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The Trib (Blake Toppmeyer): Reports: Former OU running back Alex Ross transferring to MU

Post-Dispatch: Reports: OU transfer Alex Ross headed to Mizzou

PowerMizzou: SOURCE: Ross signs financial aid paperwork with Mizzou

Mizzou Tigers pennant Around the Mizzou universe:

Baseball

MUtigers.com: @MizzouBaseball Splits Doubleheader vs. Georgia Behind McClain, Lavy
MUtigers.com: @MizzouBaseball Drops Rubber Game vs. Georgia, 5-2
The Trib: Lavy's work is finally paying off

Track & Field

MUtigers.com: Montgomery Claims SEC Crown in 400m Dash
MUtigers.com: Podium Finish for Van Zyl Highlights Day Two of SEC’s

NERRRRRRDS

MUtigers.com: @MizzouMensGolf's Walker Earns Academic All-District