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Missouri's football recruiting pipeline to East St. Louis took more than a decade to build

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What's On

Introducing: Alex Ross

Ross offers Tigers hope for an improved running attack - Columbia Daily Tribune

Fall Camp

Mizzou’s J’Mon Moore emerges as leader for wide receiver group | The Kansas City Star

Moore said the team’s boycott last season, which he helped orchestrate after meeting hunger-striking student protester Jonathan Butler, was a turning point in his maturation into a team leader.

"That showed me that my teammates really do honor and trust the things that I’m saying," Moore said. "I felt like it showed me that my teammates really do look at me as a leader. It showed me that I have to lead by example."

Mizzou really needs J'Mon Moore to step up this fall.

Mizzou Freshmen Tight Ends Scales And Okwuegbunam Looking to Contribute - Missouri - Scout

"I think I’d say I have a good chance to play and contribute," Scales said. "I don’t know how much or exactly what I’ll be doing, but contribute sure."

Terry Beckner Jr. highlights this Maneater list of Missouri athletes to watch in 2016, but I like that Peter Baugh recognized the importance of sophomore Cierra Porter for the women's basketball team.

Speaking of local recruits...

Mizzou pipeline to East St. Louis pays off | Dave Matter |

"It took some time," said Mizzou running backs coach Cornell Ford, the team’s St. Louis recruiter the last 15 years, first under coach Gary Pinkel and now Barry Odom. "We had to chip away. It’s like anything else, you build some trust. They’ve seen what we’ve done over the years. Coach Sunkett has a great program. He believes in what we’re doing now. That’s gratifying."

Gary Pinkel, motivational speaker

State of Mizzou

MU paid search firm $75,000 for Sterk hire | Eye on the Tigers |

This isn’t the first time Mizzou used Turner’s company for a major hire. Former AD Mike Alden used CSA when he hired men’s basketball coach Kim Anderson in 2014. That search cost MU $42,500, plus expenses.

Last year, Mizzou paid Korn Ferry International an initial retainer fee of $75,000 when it hired Rhoades. The cost of that search eclipsed $200,000. Korn Ferry would have conducted a second search at no cost had Rhoades left Mizzou within a year of his start date. He left after 14 months.

Rhoades owes Mizzou more money than university paid him | Dave Matter |

Rhoades, who earlier this week accepted the athletics director job at Baylor, must pay MU $800,000 for leaving before the end of his five-year contract.

I guess that balances out, huh?

B1G Mizzou

Make sure to check out this Oral history of the Big 8-SWC merger from Joan Niesen.

Bob Stull, Missouri coach from 1989–93: "When I was [at Missouri], most of the talk was about going to the Big Ten. Everybody felt like we belonged, geographically and academically, with the Big Ten."

Non-Revenue Mizzou

University of Missouri Athletics - Bracey Named @MizzouWBB Assistant Coach

Bracey joins the Tigers' staff after three seasons as an assistant at UAB, where she helped guide the Blazers to 49 victories in that span. There, she served as the recruiting coordinator and played a major role in player development on and off the court for a program that produced its highest team GPA in a decade during the 2015-16 campaign. In Bracey's time spent with UAB, the Blazers established a reputation for playing gritty defense. UAB led Conference USA in scoring defense last season, limiting opponents to just 57.2 points per game.

@MizzouSoccer Earns 1-1 Draw With No. 9 North Carolina in Exhibition Action

@MizzouSoccer Picked to Finish Sixth in SEC Preseason Coaches’ Poll

@MizzouVB Tabbed No. 17 in Preseason Poll