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Mizzou Links: DeMarre Carroll gets a hero's welcome in Columbia

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DeMarre Carroll's back in town for a basketball camp, and ... well ... people love JYD. Also: Missouri is indeed paying Barry Odom money (good to know), and the Tigers have a pretty easy SEC road slate, comparatively speaking.

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Mizzou Tigers pennant What's On

Hoops doing happy things.

And speaking of hoops ... JYD is back in Columbia this week...

LUNCH BREAK !!!#CarrollWeekend #CFF #DeMarreNextLevelCamp #JYD2POINT0 #BLESSED

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CHILDREN HOSPITAL IN COLUMBIA MISSOURI...#CFF #WeBelieve

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MIZZOU NETWORK!!!! M-I-Z #GrindDaily #BLESSED

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And in slightly less happy basketball news...
ZagsBlog: Andre Adams to Arizona State
PowerMizzou: Catching up on Hoops Recruiting

Mizzou Tigers pennant Barry making bank

The Trib: Odom makes $625K as MU's defensive coordinator

New Missouri defensive coordinator Barry Odom's annual salary is $625,000, according to a Tuesday response to a public-records request submitted by the Tribune.

In an email, University of Missouri System Custodian of Records Paula Barrett wrote that Odom does not work under a contract with the university.

When asked about Odom's contract in March, Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin said, "He’s being paid. We certainly had agreed to certain terms regarding his joining us as a coordinator."

Kind of an odd arrangement here, but whatever.

Mizzou Tigers pennant It's preview season

The Trib (David Morrison): SEC Schedule Strength: The Year May Change, But That's About It

Missouri's a little lower than middle of the pack in teams it gets at home, but those road games could be a big help when it comes to the rest of the East when compared to every team but Georgia, who also has its annual neutral site game with Florida.

Missouri's gone 10-0 on the road over the past two years. Georgia's gone 5-4. That could be a very telling stat when it comes to the East race this year.

PowerMizzou: Opponents with bite: No. 20-16

20. BYU QB Taysom Hill; 6-2, 232-pounds

Hill may be the most electric quarterback Missouri will face all season, and he should be completely healed from a broken leg that ended his 2014 season early. He's a true-dual threat quarterback, and is one of the best in the nation in that regards. In six games last season, Hill threw for 975 yards and ran for 463 on 86 carries. He completed two-thirds of his passes, and had 15 total touchdowns. This was a year after he passed for 2,938 yards and ran for 1,344. What's most impressive about his truncated 2014 season was how much he improved his completion percentage -- 53.9-percent in 2013 to 66.7-percent in 2014. And while he's a dual-threat guy, he's more James Franklin than Johnny Manziel in terms of size, at 6-foot-2, 232-pounds.