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Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

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BREAKING: (Former players from) Mizzou and Kansas will play each other in basketball again this fall!

A Kansas-Missouri alumni basketball game for charity, entitled “Rivalry Renewed,” will be contested on Saturday, July 28, at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence, former Missouri Tigers player and game organizer Kareem Rush said Friday.

The game, set for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff, will benefit Rush’s “Rush Forward Foundation” and the Boys and Girls Club.

This is pretty cool. I know there have been similar ideas in the past, and I’m glad this came to fruition. But I already know what you’re going to ask, so here:

Former KU wing Brandon Rush said at Thursday’s Rock Chalk Roundball Classic he was involved in getting some Jayhawks to play in the game. Kareem said the list of Jayhawks who are slated to play include his brother Brandon, plus Cole Aldrich, Darrell Arthur, Mario Chalmers, Drew Gooden, Brady Morningstar and Travis Releford. There’s a possibility of landing Nick Collison, Ben McLemore, Marcus and Markieff Morris and others, Kareem said.

Former Mizzou players slated to play include Marcus Denmon, Michael Dixon, Keyon Dooling, Kim English, Clarence Gilbert and Ricky Paulding. There’s a chance of landing Travon Bryant, Arthur Johnson and others, Kareem said.

Man, I didn’t realize just how much I wanted to see Arthur Johnson in a Mizzou uniform again until just now. This absolutely, positively must happen.

(Going to ignore Michael Dixon’s name for now. This is a feel-good moment.)

This weekend at Rock M

More Links:

  • Pretty cool Father’s Day piece from PowerMizzou, focusing on Barry Odom and Cuonzo Martin.
  • It was a busy recruiting weekend for Mizzou Women’s Hoops recruiting. First, Robin Pingeton landed Micah Linthacum, a three-star post from Jeff City. Then, the Tigers mad the cut list for Aijha Blackwell, daughter of former Mizzou running back Ernest Blackwell.
  • With a coaching change come transfers. Mizzou Softball suffered a couple of pretty big ones this weekend: Rylee Pierce is heading to Arizona, and Braxton Burnside is off to Arkansas.
  • Uh. Okay. Sure.