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Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

NCAA Football: Georgia at Missouri Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Full disclosure, I was knee deep in my preseason SEC basketball write-ups when I remembered I was supposed to be writing links for you all this morning, so I apologize if this is brief.

But I think you can admit this isn’t a headline many expected to read at any point in the last few years or... decades.

Mizzou Football is establishing a St. Louis pipeline

Despite the loss of E.J. Liddell for Mizzou basketball the momentum for St. Louis area prospects to Missouri in the two primary revenue sports is certainly real.

Tigers coach Barry Odom has some momentum recruiting in St. Louis. A significant chunk of that comes from infiltrating the tight inner circle of this 7-on-7 squad that is chock-full of talent.

“Our top team this year was basically the who’s who of skill players in St. Louis,” said Boom coach Matt Biermann, who also coaches at Elite Football Academy in Chesterfield.

In Nashville, the Boom is facing the Florida Fire in the semifinals. The Fire have traveled from the end of the Florida peninsula to central Tennessee. Except they missed the first few games of the event because of a bus breakdown. The Boom believes that’s a dubious explanation for trying to stay fresh at the end of a long tournament.

By focusing on an elite 7-on-7 squad, and also doing the whole forging of relationships thing around the city, Barry Odom and his staff have certainly done what is needed to start changing hearts and minds and the #LouToTheZou is trending through twitter and the area’s leaders.

That doesn’t mean Mizzou is going to seal the borders by any stretch, but by getting these guys on board now it makes it easier to secure more commitments later.

Kentucky is good at football and that’s probably still weird

Before the season the spot for second in the SEC East behind Georgia seems like a fairly open race, but I don’t think anyone could have pegged the Wildcats as the Tigers toughest competition for that spot. I think many would have thought South Carolina or Florida but nope... it’s Kentucky. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

It’s a totally normal thing for a Head Coach to talk his starting safety into surgery right?

Odom had a similar injury as a senior at Mizzou in 1999. He decided against surgery. He urged Hilton to have the procedure.

“Because he said he never got it and regrets it,” Hilton said.

“He’s going to get better as we go,” Odom said. “The first game he played (against Georgia) he hadn’t had the surgery yet and (the bone) kept coming out, even in the cast. That’s painful. He showed some toughness on being able to play through that. … He’s going to be better in the long run. I’ve told him stories about the inability to not use your right thumb. My recommendation was to get it fixed because if you don’t you’re going to be 40 and it’ll really bother you.”

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Aisha Blackwell is a top 10 player in the country and the daughter of former Mizzou Footballer Ernest Blackwell. If you’re a betting type the money should be on Louisville, but the Tigers have made their strong case.