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Mizzou News for Friday, January 22

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It was a good day.

Thursday was a great day for Mizzou Football, with all sorts of news coming down. We’ve got a new Defensive Coordinator, Steve Wilks, who comes with rave reviews from Mizzou great Markus Golden and Ron Rivera. Word has leaked of some more seniors returning for an extra year of eligibility, new commit Mookie Cooper received some high praise from former Tiger Will Franklin, and basically, it was just an all-around great day to be a Tiger.

First up!! The new hire! Here’s the press release from the University about the hiring of Wilks, in case you missed it.

Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch broke the news of Wilks being a finalist earlier this week, and recapped the official hiring in a new post, where he spoke with NFL Head Coach, Ron Rivera. From Rivera:

“Steve is one of the best teachers and communicators that I have ever worked with,” Ron Rivera, head coach of the Washington Football Team told the Post-Dispatch via email on Thursday. “He is a tremendous leader of men and a genuinely good man. Missouri got an excellent coach.”

From PowerMizzou, who talked with Markus Golden about the new DC hire:

Moving on with the good news! Though not official, PowerMizzou noted that Mizzou has a WHOLE LOT of guys returning next season to take advantage of that extra year of eligibility.

And finally, in another post by Dave Matter, he wrote a great story about Mookie Cooper’s journey to Mizzou, and how the team is hoping he can provide an instant jolt to the Mizzou offense. From Vashon head coach (and former Mizzou player) Will Franklin, who is best friends with Cooper’s mentor:

“I see him being what we had with J-Mac when I was there,” Franklin said. “He’s a guy that can line up in the backfield, he can line up in the slot,” Franklin said. “He’s just a mismatch. He can run routes. The moment you put the ball in his hands he’s going to be electric.”

On to the Links! Here’s hoping the Ocean Gang comes out again against Tennessee! Josh will have your game preview today!

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  • Check out those handles on Lauren Hansen!

Other Mizzou Sports

  • Shannon Welker’s No. 20 Gymnastics team is back on the mat on Friday at Hearnes facing off against No. 12 Kentucky. I find it strange that they fell 4 spots in the rankings after only losing to No. 4 Kentucky by 0.025 points!

Anyway, you can find the meet televised on the SEC Network at 6pm, called by former USA Olympic gymnasts John Roethlisberger and Alicia Sacramone Quinn— okay, that’s super cool. (More info at

  • No. 6 TigerStyle welcomes Northern Illinois & Ohio to Hearnes on Saturday at 2pm. You can catch the action on WatchESPN. (More info at
  • Mizzou Indoor Track is back at it with split squad duals against Arkansas & Iowa State in the Wooo Pig Invitational on Friday & Iowa State Cyclone Invitational on Saturday. (More info at
  • Mizzou Swimming & Diving’s squads remain ranked in the Top 25. According to their schedule, next up for them is the SEC Championships in mid February.

Various Non-Mizzou Sports News

  • Couldn’t resist sharing the City Museum’s response to the Bernie meme. Bernie, get out of there!


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