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Gary Pinkel paved the way for Craig Kuligowski to join Mark Richt at Miami

Here are today's Mizzou Links.

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Coach Kul Richt Explains How He Landed Coach Kool

A phone call placed by former Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel to Richt was the key in securing Kuligowski's services as Miami's defensive line coach.

"I called [Kuligowski] within five minutes and I would have hired him on the spot, or offered him the job on the spot, but I told him I needed to get my d-coordinator in line first," Richt said. "Less than 24 hours after that, I said I was stupid if I wait, because I guarantee everyone else is going to pursue this guy as well. I called him back and offered him the job."

That's an interesting comment from Richt, since many assumed Kuligowski was in line for a promotion to defensive coordinator here at Missouri, but he made the lateral move to Miami to become their defensive line coach.

Walters gone

Post-Dispatch: Odom dismisses backup running back

Walters, who redshirted as a freshman in 2014 and sat out last season with a knee injury, hadn’t been among the top three running backs on the depth chart through the first two weeks of preseason camp. He had just one carry for 8 yards in Mizzou’s spring scrimmage in April.

KC Star: Camp notes: Mizzou dismisses Trevon Walters after last week’s arrest

Walters, who missed last season recovering from a knee injury and never played in a game for the Tigers, was released on a $5,500 bond Friday and suspended indefinitely at that time. "I wish him the best," Odom said. "I want him to rebound from this and hope that he will."

Walters is the third Mizzou player dismissed from the football team this month.

Other fall camp updates

The Trib: MU notes: Dimetrios Mason, aka "K-9," continues to impress in first camp

"Very fast, a catch-it-and-get-upfield guy," cornerback Aarion Penton said of Mason. "That’s exactly what he did. I think he caught a slant and took it quite a few yards. That’s the stuff that we need, so I’m excited to see a young guy step up." #MIZCamp Day 13

Sophomore QB Drew Lock made plays happen through the air to answer the pass rush. After finding WR Eric Laurent for a 15-yard gain on the right side of the field, Lock looked left and connected with WR J'Mon Moore, who dragged a toe near the sideline, and hauled in a 25-yard reception and narrowly avoided bowling over legendary Voice of the Tigers, Mike Kelly. Lock capped his day with a beautiful throw on a fade route to WR Justin Smith, resulting in a 5-yard score for the offense. The defense won the final the battle though, forcing a turnover on downs during the last two-minute drill.

The Trib: Lock develops more maturity and leadership entering second season

Thomas said much of Lock’s maturation can be credited to the offensive staff Odom assembled — in particular, Heupel, the former Heisman Trophy runner-up as Oklahoma’s quarterback in 2000. Heupel later served as quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator at OU and was in that role last year at Utah State.

Definitely read this about senior linebacker Donavin Newsom from new Tribune writer Joe Vozzelli.

As Donavin scanned the image of his younger self, he was remembering happier times. Robert Newsom, who was Donavin’s father figure growing up, was in the midst of a three-year battle with kidney disease and later renal cancer. The eldest Newsom had to make an impossible choice: He could continue dialysis to treat the kidney disease or undergo chemotherapy for the cancer. Since they would counteract one another, he couldn’t do both.

Robert elected to stay on dialysis. Most of the details of his grandfather’s illness were kept from Newsom — the family wasn’t sure how he would react — but once Robert started to lose weight late in 2013, that all changed.

Post-Dispatch: Lovie Smith wants Mizzou on Illini's schedule

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