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Mizzou Links: Maty Mauk's father is battling cancer

Best wishes to the Mauk family as Mike (Maty's dad) gets ready to battle colorectal cancer. Also: defensive tackle recruiting, the latest on the new softball field, and ... next year's women's basketball team is pretty loaded.

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Mizzou Tigers pennant What's On

About a year and a half ago, Mike Mauk, Maty's dad, retired from a long career of coaching high school football in Ohio to move to Springfield.

Now he's got a new battle: colorectal cancer.

"I'm going to deal with it the best I can. I'm very optimistic about it, but I know there will be some difficult days ahead," Mauk said.

One of Mauk's sons helped news of the diagnosis go public. In a Fathers' Day Instagram post, University of Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk posted a picture of himself with coach Mike Mauk along with a message.

"Whoever may read this, my family asks and thanks you for prayers for my dad. He has a fight ahead of him to get through cancer, but winning is the one thing he does best and he WILL beat this," Maty Mauk wrote in the post.

Good luck to him, and good thoughts to his family.

Mizzou Tigers pennant Mizzou might add another 2015 tackle

Mizzou has been recruiting former Columbia prospect and current JUCO tackle Howard Houston for a while but hasn't put out an offer yet. With Harold Brantley likely out for quite a while, that might tip the scales in Houston's favor if he finishes his associate's degree as planned this summer. He would be eligible this fall.

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Mizzou Tigers pennant The latest on #Stubble Field

KTGR: MU Board of Curators to review Mizzou Softball Stadium plan (artist's renderings in link)

The University of Missouri has released new renderings and details about its $16 million softball stadium project. According to details documented in the agenda for Thursday’s MU Board of Curators meeting, the softball stadium will be funded from $13.5 million in private gifts and $2.5 million in debt financing.

The university states that the new facilities will provide fans with a "full-view" concourse and outfield plaza, a 1,600 to 1,700 seat venue and an outfield lawn area offering space for an additional 500 to 1,000 fans. The new stadium will include an elevated press box with radio and television broadcast booths, a writing press suite and a game management booth. A ticket booth will be located near the south entrance main gates.

Mizzou Tigers pennant This team could be loaded

Post-Dispatch: Cunningham raises MU women's profile
Post-Dispatch: Robin Pingeton: "We're right on the cusp"

P-D: What’s the next step this program should take?

PINGETON: I want to compete for championships. That piece is out there. But we really focus a lot on the process. Going into this season, we don’t have a goal of a certain number of wins. [...]

Now if you would have told me at the beginning of the season we’d lose those three kids to injury and we’d finish seventh in the SEC, I would have took it and ran. I think that’s a tremendous accomplishment despite the adversities that we had. Then what a lot of people don’t realize is it wasn’t just those three (injuries). There were stress fractures that we had. There were many days where we were practicing with four or five players without our scout team. That’s a hard thing to do in basketball — in any team sport. Things kept getting better for us and players got comfortable. But you’ve got to walk before you can run and run before you can sprint. That’s the ascending order of your program if you do it the right way. I feel just as good about this team going into next season. I love the experience our kids have gotten from last year. I love where we’re at from a maturity standpoint. I love where we’re at understanding the work ethic, accountability. On top of that, you’re adding a top 15 recruiting class into the mix. We’ve really positioned ourselves to not only maintain that middle tier but make a few more strides.

Mizzou Tigers pennant Another day, another Houck honor

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