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Investigating the legend of Barry Odom and more on Josh Heupel

Here are today's Mizzou links. Barry Odom: not afraid of spiders.


Maybe you saw that Jeremy Maclin broke 1,000 yards receiving - but did you know he could break another kind of record?

Barry Odom, not afraid of spiders

In which Ben Hochman and Ben Fredrickson of the STL Post-Dispatch ask Barry Odom about some of the legends that have grown around him. I've embedded the video below. Clickthru to watch.

2 Bens: The Barry Odom Edition

Mizzou football coach Barry Odom drops in on sports columnist Benjamin Hochman and online sports columnist Ben Frederickson. They talk spider bites and New Year's resolutions. Video by Gary Hairlson

Post-Dispatch (Hochman): Odom faces big test in recruiting Tigers

New Mizzou coach has two major tasks heading into 2016: He must make Mizzou bowl eligible, and he must not lose a recruiting year.

Josh Heupel, offensive coordinator

The Trib: Heupel has learned to adapt through career as coordinator

He made his name as a quarterback developer, only to see his time with his quarterbacks curtailed once he started calling plays for Oklahoma in 2011.

He oversaw a shift in the Sooners’ offense after the 2012 season and was fired within two years … only to watch Coach Bob Stoops go back to a familiar Air Raid system with new coordinator Lincoln Riley, whose offense has been a big reason why Oklahoma is in the College Football Playoff this year.

"I think the decision to fire him was the right one by Stoops," said Jason Kersey, who covers Sooners football for The Oklahoman newspaper. "Obviously. We’ve seen the results. But I also think that Josh had some cards dealt to him that made it more difficult, just in terms of the recruiting at some of the other positions. He just kind of had bad luck in that way."

I'll have my own Q&A about Heupel up later today.

Craig Kuligowski

In case you haven't heard, Craig Kuligowski is likely headed to Miami.

Mizzou DL coach Kuligowski heading to Miami? - State of The U

According to a FanShot on Missouri's SBNation site Rock M Nation, there are rumors that Mizzou DL coach Craig Kuligowski could be headed to Coral Gables to join the Hurricanes' staff. Per the Rock M Nation post, Kuligowski could be in line to be the Hurricanes' new Defensive Coordinator and DL coach.

And, if true, that would be an absolute home run of a hire.

It sounds like the Miami fans are smitten with the hire, but I'm sure Mizzou fans are handling this totally reasonably-

Ah good to see TB staying true to form.

What Craig Kuligowski brings to Miami as defensive line coach

He is widely regarded as one of the best defensive line coaches in the country, and it’s a big hire for Richt. Kuligowsi turned down multiple offers elsewhere to choose The U.


ESL offensive lineman Tre'vour Simms is definitely maybe committed somewhere.

Rivals: Ca'Ron Baham lines up three visits. Yes, one of them is Mizzou.

RMN: Women's Basketblog

They play Tuesday vs Charlotte before a long week break ahead of their Monday showdown with ranked Tennessee on Monday the 4th.

TUE DEC 29, 2015
5:30 P.M.


MON JAN 4, 2016
6 P.M.


Worth re-sharing: MU's Cunningham sisters benefit from symbiotic relationship on the court - Columbia Daily Tribune

Lindsey Cunningham is compiling the best assist numbers of her career as the starting point guard for the Missouri women’s basketball team. That comes as no surprise to freshman guard Sophie Cunningham.

Little 12 ReExpansion?

Campus Rush: Is the Big 12 on the verge of major change? A look at key questions

Here's the prevailing thought around the Big 12: If its legislation proposal gets shot down, there's a roughly 70% chance the league will expand during the next year or two in order to get a title game. If the legislation passes, there's less than a 50% chance of imminent change in the form of the Big 12 adding new members. There are many other variables in play, but this is arguably the biggest.