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Here are today's Mizzou Links.

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What's On

Bill C was on KTGR, as he his every Monday afternoon:

Meet the Press @MizzouFootball Media Day - Week 4

On Hansbrough's injury status… I don't know, that's what I said right from the beginning.  We'll find out in the next few days.  It's hard to play running back when you're not 100%, so hopefully he'll be that way.  We'll see.  He hasn't run for over a week, since when you saw him run a couple of weeks ago.

MU Notes: The "Feeding the Boo Birds" edition - Columbia Daily Tribune | David Morrison

"We need to come out here and give the people something to cheer about," Mauk said. "They kind of got mad and did the booing thing, which I probably shouldn’t have said it how I said it after the game. "We got to give them something to cheer about and not something that they should be booing us about."

Then Drew Lock talked about how the boos made him kind of wary for the future.

"It made me feel for him a little bit," Lock said. "At the same time, I was thinking, ‘When he’s gone and I fully take the reins, what’s going to happen to me if I have a bad day?’ That’s just kind of how I thought about it."

Live coverage: Pinkel meets the press : Dave Matter

Pinkel said the staff used to count bubble screens as part of the running game because they were similar to sweeps but thrown overhand instead of tossed. "I had to make that up because people said we weren't running the ball enough," he said.

On the Offense

Snap Decisions: No room to run, no luck throwing deep and a surprise redshirt pull - Columbia Daily Tribune | David Morrison

Second off, the short pass game. Missouri completed all 12 passes it threw at or behind the line for 77 yards. It completed 5-of-7 it threw less than 5 yards from the line for 71 yards. Add that together, and Missouri completed 17-of-19 passes for 148 yards when throwing less than 5 yards beyond the line of scrimmage.

What does that leave for intermediate to long throws? Only bad things, pretty much: 3-of-12 for 37 yards and an interception. I mean, you're not going to complete 70 percent of your throws when you're chucking 6 or more yards downfield...but you'd think they'd complete more than 25 percent.

Kentucky Football | Five things to know about the Missouri Tigers

* 2. About the offense: It hasn't been good. The Tigers rank 109th nationally in points per game (23.3), 116th in total yards per game (325) and 119th in rushing yards per game (107.7). And that's against mediocre competition. Quarterback Maty Mauk has completed just 52.5 percent of his passes, averaged 158 yards and thrown five touchdowns to four interceptions. He was benched in the Connecticut game – during which he drew boos from the home crowd – but Missouri's other option is true freshman Drew Lock. Mauk is at least a threat to run it (697 career rushing yards) and is 2-0 against Kentucky.

A note about the above quote: Mauk wasn't benched - this is the second person I've seen say he'd been benched when it was instead Gary Pinkel getting Drew Lock reps.

O line woes

Football Recruiting

Mizzou running back commit Darius Anderson left a trail of bodies on this touchdown run:

You'll recall Darius Anderson pledged to Mizzou after a brief and strange "did he or didn't he?"

2016 RB Darius Anderson chooses Missouri over Texas, Houston, Cal and Utah

Today in out-of-context Wes Clark tweets

Mizzou Women's Hoops picks up second commit

MU women's hoops team picks up second commitment to 2016 class - Columbia Daily Tribune | Blake Toppmeyer

The Missouri women’s basketball team picked up its second commitment for its 2016 recruiting class when Jordan Chavis offered her pledge during a visit to campus Saturday.