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Mizzou Links: Shane Ray is healthy and ready, Kentrell Brothers is not kicked off the team

The best awful internet rumors are the ones that get shot down before you know they exist.

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Markus Golden is the best.

Speaking of former Tiger defensive ends in the pros... Shane Ray making progress, eager for camp

"DeMarcus [Ware] is very technically sound because he has that veteran experience. He sees things a little bit different," Ray said. "And Von [Miller] is more so just a pure athlete: reaction, getting off the ball and being able to do things on the stop of a dime.

"So to be able to kind of combine both of those and to what I do and to be able to see from both of their perspectives on how they pass rush, it's been a lot of help because I can say something like ‘Hey, DeMarcus, what were you thinking here?’ and he’ll be like, ‘OK, this is what you should try,’ and I’ll try it. And then I’ll ask Von, ‘OK, what were you seeing here?’ And so it’s basically you’re combining two different guys’ kind of pass rush and using the things you learn from both of them, adding it to your game and of course it’s just making me better because I have tools that I’m gaining from both of them."

And speaking of former Tigers with new teams...


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Mizzou Tigers pennant The best Internet rumors are the ones that are shot down before you know they're rumors.

Well alright! This rumor apparently started because of this series of tweets...

...a series that was both kind of understandable (I was surprised when Kenya Dennis was selected over him) and a little too publicly bitter. But apparently this became a thing. It is no longer a thing.


The Trib (Blake Toppmeyer): MU volleyball notebook: Open libero spot offers interesting position battle

The open starting spot at libero should result in one of the more interesting position battles in the preseason. Missouri has three main candidates: sophomore Alexa Armendariz, freshman Riley Sents and junior Alexa Ethridge, a transfer from Nebraska.

"I think we’ve got three pretty solid defensive players that are all going to help us," Kreklow said. "They all do something a little bit different, but they’re all pretty valuable. … I think that’s one area where we’ve helped ourselves a lot from a year ago."

Armendariz saw playing time in 89 of 128 sets last year as a defensive specialist and averaged 1.28 digs per set. "LA has got great ball control. She’s a little more on the quiet side, not as physical," Kreklow said.

The Trib: New setter Eckenrode quickly meshes into MU's system

Peltier’s excitement grew after the Tigers practiced with Eckenrode during the spring — she transferred to MU in January after playing her freshman season at San Diego State — and in voluntary summer workouts.

"She is honestly such a great fit for our team," Peltier said.

The addition of Eckenrode settled a brief period of uncertainty at setter after Loxley Keala transferred to Iowa following last season. Missouri likely will run a 6-2 system for the second straight season, with sophomores Eckenrode and Ali Kreklow serving as setters.

(By the way ... have you noticed how much awesome content Blake Toppmeyer has put out regarding the 'non-revenue' sports this year? He's been great. Will have more about his work this weekend.)