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Under Barry Odom, Missouri is going after the state of Texas again

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New Mizzou commit Marvin Terry comes from the same high school as Jacquies Smith
New Mizzou commit Marvin Terry comes from the same high school as Jacquies Smith
Bill Carter

Mizzou Tigers pennant What's On

Ohhhhh, Markus Golden.

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Mizzou Tigers pennant The staff is coming together

The old guys
The Missourian: Return of Missouri football coaches Ford, Hill thrills high school coaches

Ford has been on Missouri’s staff since Pinkel arrived in 2001, and Hill has been with the team since 1996. That’s provided some consistency for Missouri’s coaching staff, which hasn’t had to worry about recruiting dropping off in the state’s largest metropolitan areas.

Instead, Ford and Hill have kept Missouri’s ability to keep in-state recruits at home stronger than ever. In the past few years alone, the two biggest cities have produced Missouri standouts such as Shane Ray, Markus Golden, Evan Boehm, Charles Harris, Terry Beckner Jr., Aarion Penton, Marcus Lucas, Sheldon Richardson, Michael Scherer and Drew Lock.

"The problem before wasn’t that Missouri wasn’t talented, it was just that Mizzou wasn’t doing things right in recruiting," [SLUH head coach Gary] Kornfeld said. "Now that that’s changed, you’ve seen the program start to improve more."

Demontie
Post-Dispatch: Former Tiger Cross takes over Mizzou defense

"Mizzou has already established a good reputation on defense, so all I’m looking to do is come in and put my own twist to it and try to make it even better. My players will know that a sense of urgency, attention to detail, and playing with enthusiasm and energy are the things that are most important to me. I think people enjoy watching a defense that plays that way."

Cross and Odom were teammates for the 1996 season when Odom was a freshman linebacker. Cross stayed at MU for two years as a graduate assistant, working with the outside linebackers in 1999. Since then, he’s been an assistant at Sam Houston State (2000), Iowa State (2001-05), Kansas (2012) and TCU (2013-15). Cross spent five seasons (2006-10) with the Buffalo Bills as a defensive assistant and special teams coach. He came to TCU in 2013 as linebackers coach and was promoted to co-defensive coordinator for the 2015 season.

Hard to ignore the Texas ties
The Trib: Odom makes Texas a priority for MU recruiting

The time couldn’t be much better for out-of-state schools to get in on Texas’ rich talent pool. While Baylor and TCU are on upswings, traditional power Texas is in a swoon and Texas A&M is stagnating after the Johnny Manziel heights of 2012.

Only seven of Rivals.com’s top 20 Texas prospects for next year’s class are committed to in-state schools: three to Baylor, two to Texas A&M and one each to Houston and Texas. The other nine committed prospects in the top 20 are headed to LSU (three), Mississippi, Stanford, Alabama, Oregon, Oklahoma and Oregon State.

"The Lone Star State is more open than it’s ever been in the last decade, maybe the last 15 years," Crabtree said. "You can get into the Lone Star State and get some good players away. I really anticipate a lot of SEC teams and Missouri to continue to have success down there."

Heupel
The Trib (David Morrison): Pinpointing a Josh Heupel Offense

(It's nice when David Morrison attacks a topic in a completely different way and comes to basically the same conclusion. Solid affirmation.)

Stew likes Barry
Fox Sports: Grading CFB coaching hires: Va. Tech aced it, but who whiffed badly?

Missouri: Promoted defensive coordinator Barry Odom. Mizzou had a down year in 2015, but in general there's good reason to try to preserve some continuity from Gary Pinkel's wildly successful 15-year run. Odom, 39, a former Tigers linebacker, spent 10 seasons on Pinkel's staff and is widely revered in Columbia. He'll need some veteran assistants on which to lean, but otherwise it appears he's ready to run the show. Grade: B+

Mizzou Tigers pennant 11-0

MUtigers.com: @MizzouWBB Beats Lamar 91-57 as Tigers Improve to 11-0

The Trib: Cunningham scores 27, Tigers drain 16 3s in rout of Lamar

Post-Dispatch: Freshman tandem has Mizzou flying high

Mizzou Tigers pennant *sigh*

The Trib: Barber-led N.C. State hands Missouri second straight loss

The Trib: Hope is hard to find for MU

Post-Dispatch: N.C. State blows past Mizzou

PowerMizzou: More than Braggin' Rights at stake

Mizzou Tigers pennant #TigerStyle

MUtigers.com: Four Pins Help @MizzouWrestling Defeat Kent State, 35-12