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As the NCAA levies sanctions on the basketball program, football inches ever closer

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Here are today's Mizzou links.

Mizzou Tigers pennant What's On

NCAA sanctions? Time to get the hell out of dodge.

Mizzou Tigers pennant The NCAA watched Mizzou's watchmen and found them wanting

Columbia Tribune - NCAA releases report, cites Missouri with failure to monitor its basketball program

The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions panel accepted the university’s self-imposed penalties and added one year of probation, through Aug. 1, 2017. The previously self-imposed penalties included a postseason ban — including the Southeastern Conference Tournament — last season; vacating all wins from the 2013-14 season, when the Tigers went 23-12; and the loss of one scholarship last season and another for no later than the 2017-18 season.

Additionally, the panel punished Missouri by prohibiting coaches from making telephone recruiting calls with prospects for six weeks during 2016-17. The Tigers will be eligible for the postseason beginning this season, though.

It's not double, and it isn't secret. Things could be worse.

An old friend weights in:

I was also able to obtain a statement from Haith. It reads as follows:

CAN'T TOUCH THIS.

SexyHaith

Mizzou Tigers pennant It's about time we close the book on this whole thing

It appears the Ehren Earlywine Title IX investigation is just about over

I'm sure Earlywine is ready to put this behind him and get to work preparing for next season. He's probably anxious to do so, even. Because he's such a hard worker. Not because all of his best players either graduated or left the program and he has his work cut out for him. He's just very eager to get back to coaching.

Mizzou Tigers pennant Is that a light I see at the end of the tunnel?

By god, it is. It's football!

More accolades for Charles Harris:

Sports Illustrated - SI.com's 2016 Preseason All-America Team

Second Team

Defense

DE: Charles Harris, Jr., Missouri

Counting down to camp with Dave Matter:

Post-Dispatch - Ross revamps Mizzou backfield

With current Mizzou offensive coordinator Josh Heupel calling plays at Oklahoma, Ross carried the ball 88 times for 595 yards in 2014 as a sophomore. The impressive figure there is the yards per carry average: 6.8. Only two Big 12 running backs had a better average that season. Across the country, only 12 power conference running backs were more productive per carry.

Post-Dispatch - Mizzou bets on Black

What are we getting at? Black was an absolute elite prospect when he came to the Crimson Tide, just like Cooper, 2013 receiver addition Robert Foster and 2015’s Calvin Ridley. Ankle injuries limited Black’s playing time as he watched others eclipse him on the depth chart, but if he can recapture the speed and skills that set him apart as a recruit, the Tigers should benefit with their one-year rental.

"When you se his ability, wow, this kid is going to be really good," Scherer said at SEC media days. "When he gets out there and starts to move, it’s like, OK, this is the kid who was ranked the No. (8) wide receiver in the country coming out of high school."

We also have our own preview series running right along, so stay tuned for more football coverage right here!

Mizzou Tigers pennant Barry Odom & co. aren't the only ones hitting the gym

I could watch this on repeat all day long.