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Olympic medalist and superhero J'den Cox says he wants to play football for Missouri

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Here are today's Mizzou Links.

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Your daily J'den, life-saver, medalist on one knee, and future Mizzou linebacker.

ABC-17: J'den Cox on his Olympic journey
ABC-17: J'den Cox speaks about helping save a man's life in Boone County

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Post-Dispatch: J'den Cox comes home to hero's welcome

KC Star: Knee injury couldn’t derail Mizzou senior J’den Cox’s Olympic glory

The Missourian: Olympian and first responder J'den Cox says he's enjoying a return to normalcy

I think I speak for everyone here when I say, congrats in advance to J'den for winning the 2017 Butkus Award and becoming the first person to ever record 20 sacks and 20 interceptions in the same season.

Mizzou Tigers pennant 2 days to WVU

The Trib (Blake Toppmeyer): Barry Odom on the SEC teleconference: West Virginia week

On whether it feels different approaching a game as a head coach than it did as a coordinator ...

"I'm doing good. It's very similar. Everybody in this business is extremely highly competitive. I'm no different. I'm anxious to get our guys in position to go play well. There's just a lot of things that you want to make sure you're doing everything right for them to put them in position to do that. Defensively, offensively, kicking game, travel plans, all the stuff, we've got really good people here. We've got a great staff that I'm leaning on, and I know what my role is. I want to make sure that everybody's got the things they need to be successful.

"Every job that I do, everything that comes across my desk, if it's something that affects our touches our players, I want to make sure we're doing it at a championship level. That's the way that we're approaching things. I'm excited for our kids to have a chance to go play and have an opportunity in Week 1."

Post-Dispatch: Odom eager for season opener against West Virginia

Freshman cornerback Jerod Alton from Kirkwood is enrolled and finalizing his class scheduled, Odom said. He expected Alton to take part in Wednesday’s practice. Alton had to finish a course at Kirkwood before he could enroll at Mizzou. He’ll most likely redshirt this season.

Post-Dispatch: Odom, Smart have tough SEC coaching debuts

PowerMizzou: Three to watch: Offense

KC Star: Proven quarterbacks are in short supply this season in the SEC

Underrated Rick

The Trib: Texas to Missouri: Hatley's home-state pride drives success with Tigers

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The Trib: MU AD Sterk to testify in ongoing wrongful termination lawsuit of SDSU coach

Post-Dispatch: New Mizzou AD to testify in wrongful termination suit

KC Star: Jim Sterk, now Missouri athletic director, at center of former coach Beth Burns’ wrongful termination suit against San Diego State

Sterk, who spent last week in Columbia before returning to San Diego, isn’t expected to testify until next week, but Burns’ attorney, Ed Chapin, claimed in his opening statement Tuesday that Sterk destroyed evidence, throwing away notes he kept on Burns a few months after she was fired despite knowing her termination might be litigated.

San Diego State’s lead attorney, David Noonan, denied that accusation in the defense’s opening statement.

Mizzou Tigers pennant Another athlete, another (alleged) lapse in judgment

The Trib: MU gymnast Morgan Porter suspended indefinitely after Tuesday arrest

Post-Dispatch: Mizzou gymnast arrested for fraudulent use of credit device

Mizzou Tigers pennant Utah, Miami (Ohio), and Rice on deck

MUtigers.com: @MizzouVB Ready For Home Opener With Tiger Invitational