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"Control what you can control." Barry Odom embarks on Year 1 at Missouri

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Here are today's Mizzou Links. IT'S GAME WEEK.

Mizzou Tigers pennant 5 days to WVU

The Post-Dispatch gave you some reading material this weekend with its big Mizzou preview. (Unless otherwise noted, the pieces are by Dave Matter.)

Post-Dispatch: In Odom they trust: New coach shakes up Mizzou's program

Odom has prepared himself for this opportunity for years, guided by a few simple self commandments.

"Control what you can control," said Odom, who will turn 40 on Nov. 26, the day after Missouri’s regular-season finale against Arkansas. "You’ve got a job to do. There are going to be things you really want to fix immediately, but it takes some time to work through it. There’s some patience involved, but you’ve got to make immediate decisions for what you feel is right for your program at that time. ... If you make your decision on what’s best for your team, usually it’s going to be the right thing."

"It wasn’t too long ago that I was a high school coach," he continued. "The field is still the same distance from goal line to goal line. I also realize every day driving into work that I’ve got a tremendous opportunity to lead a bunch of guys, a bunch of student-athletes and change their lives. I embrace that opportunity."

(I really, really like Barry Odom.)

Post-Dispatch: Odom shakes up Mizzou staff for 2016

Post-Dispatch: Position-by-position outlook for Mizzou football

Post-Dispatch: Next men up: Mizzou replaces three NFL draft picks

Post-Dispatch (BenFred): Mizzou's D-line in Shipp shape

Post-Dispatch (Hochman): Heupel coaching Lock is key to Mizzou offensive revival

Some more profiles

KC Star: Missouri quarterback Drew Lock seeks to unlock potential after tough freshman season

The Trib: Wearing a familiar number, Paul Adams is trying to establish his own legacy at MU

Scout.com (B&G Illustrated): Mizzou Defense Aiming To Be Better In 2016

Love these stories

PowerMizzou.com - From walk-on to scholarship, Mizzou remains inclusive

And we got another one of these stories this weekend.

LONG SNAPPER COMMIT

We'll have more of this soon, but ... WE GOT A FIVE-STAR LONG SNAPPER.

The Trib (Blake Toppmeyer): Arizona long snapper Bay commits to MU's 2017 class

PowerMizzou: Long-snapper Bay talks Mizzou commitment

KC Star: Arizona long-snapping standout Adam Bay commits to Mizzou

Naturally, it came with an endorsement.

Mizzou Tigers pennant Your daily J'den

MUtigers.com: Welcome Back Reception for Bronze Medalist J’den Cox Set for Aug. 31

Mizzou Tigers pennant Going extra time for the sweep

TWO overtime wins for Mizzou Soccer this weekend.

MUtigers.com: @MizzouSoccer Outlasts Illinois, 3-2 in OT

The Missourian: Missouri soccer fetches an overtime win for furry fans

MUtigers.com: Luebbert’s Header Gives @MizzouSoccer 2-1 Win over Colorado

The Missourian: Missouri soccer tops Colorado behind Webb, Luebbert

Mizzou Tigers pennant Slow start, strong finish for Volleyball

A five-setter, then a four-setter, then a sweep.

MUtigers.com: @MizzouVB Defeats Kennesaw State in Thrilling Season Opener, 3-2

MUtigers.com: @MizzouVB Reels Off Three Straight Sets, Defeats Pittsburgh, 3-1

MUtigers.com: @MizzouVB Tallies Sweep, Earns Kennesaw State Invitational Championship

Mizzou Tigers pennant And in Softball news...

The Trib: MU Olympics Notebook: Norman returns to Missouri

ABC-17: Mizzou means more than home to Katherine Kadlec

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