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Mizzou Links: DeMarre Carroll injured in the Eastern Conference finals

DeMarre Carroll injured his knee in Game 1 of the NBA's Eastern Conference finals, Mizzou Baseball collapsed late against Vanderbilt, and Marcus Loud was dismissed from the Mizzou Football team. Great day! But at least we got a knew deputy AD ... and a great Justin Smith story...

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Mizzou Tigers pennant What's On

This isn't a "not for the squeamish" injury by any means, but it's not a happy "What's on," that's for sure.

Peachtree Hoops: DeMarre Carroll injury: Hawks forward leaves game with apparent knee injury

Wow, the level of support he received.

Mizzou Tigers pennant Loud

The Trib: MU dismisses DE Marcus Loud for violation of program policies
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): DE Marcus Loud dismissed for violation of program policies
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou dismisses defensive end Marcus Loud
PowerMizzou: Loud's dismissal and what it means


MUTIGERS.COM: Mizzou Falls to Commodores, 7-6, in 10 Innings
The Trib: Vanderbilt rallies to beat Missouri in SEC Tournament
Post-Dispatch: Tigers collapse in SEC tourney

Mizzou plays No. 11 seed Alabama at 9:30 a.m. today. The winner will play again at 3:00 p.m. CT on Friday. The updated bracket is here. The thought was that a win over Vandy would make Mizzou's NCAA Tourney case pretty damn strong, but now the Tigers might need to win a couple more games to feel safe. We'll see.

Mizzou Tigers pennant But as far as we know, THIS isn't bad news...

MUTIGERS.COM: Wren Baker Joins Mizzou Athletics Leadership Team

Baker, 36, comes to Mizzou from the University of Memphis, where he served as Deputy Director of Athletics/External Affairs from February 2013 to the present. At Memphis, Baker provided an immediate impact as the department secured the single largest gift in its history under his watch, while launching a $40 million capital campaign. In addition, suite sales and multi-media rights revenues set a new record and Memphis' Tiger Scholarship Fund grew in membership and donations all in his first year.

Prior to joining Memphis, Baker was Director of Athletics at Northwest Missouri State, where he directed one of the nation's top Division II athletic programs from February 2011-February 2013. Prior to his time at Northwest, he was the first-ever Director of Athletics at Rogers State University in Claremore, Okla., spending five years overseeing the growth of a start-up department into a very successful comprehensive program.

"We are very excited Wren is becoming a member of our team," said Rhoades. He is regarded as one of the up-and-coming administrators in the nation and has established an impressive track record of success at every stop of his career path. Throughout his career, Wren has demonstrated terrific work ethic, the ability to genuinely connect with people and uncompromising integrity. He is a high-energy person who will provide great passion and leadership for our student-athletes, coaches and staff. We are thrilled Wren, his wife Heather and two daughters, Addisyn and Reagan are joining the Mizzou Athletics family," said Rhoades.

The Trib: MU hires Wren Baker as deputy AD
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou hires deputy AD from Memphis
PowerMizzou: Q&A: Wren Baker

Mizzou Tigers pennant And this is certainly nice...

MUTIGERS.COM: Andersons Kick Off Tigers on the Prowl Charity

Mizzou Tigers pennant And this is just spectacular

Niners Nation: Justin Smith with the greatest line you'll ever hear before blasting a tight end

And for some reason we're kicking a field goal. I don't really remember the exact situation, I don't remember why we're kicking a field goal, but we are. And I am the tight end on the extra point/field goal team, which means my job is to step in and protect the inside gap, then hinge out and protect the outside gap. But what happens is teams know you're vulnerable there, so they bring a guy in the inside gap, a guy in the outside gap, and then they have a guy just run you over because you really can't protect yourself then in that situation. It's terrible, it's brutal.

So, we're kicking a meaningless field goal, and Justin Smith just absolutely drills me, just knocks me down on to my butt, which you just kind of have to take it on extra point and field goals. Somehow, I don't know if it was on them or on us, but there was a penalty. So we had to kick it over. And I'll never forget, right when we're getting in our stance, right before we get in our stance, Justin Smith looks me in the eyes and says, "What do you say me and you kiss one more time, Tucker?" And I was like, "Are you serious?" And he said, "Yep!" And he absolutely destroyed me again.

The Trib: TAKE TWO: Smith deserves a spot in Canton

It might be a happy Thursday after all!