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Expansion of east side of Memorial Stadium will give MU football fans ‘a better experience’

Missouri executive associate athletic director Tim Hickman provided a guided tour of the Memorial Stadium east-side expansion, which he said is on budget and expected to be finished on time before the 2014 football season commences.

“It’s exciting,” Hickman said. “We number of goals in doing this project. Obviously, getting new premium seating and better amenities for our fans, those were primary, but also to add some stature and some grandeur to the stadium. I think we’ve done some of that too. It gives the stadium some more presence and overall will provide a better experience.”

Hickman said season-ticket sales have gone well — “We’ve made enough to cover our mortgage,” he joked during the tour — and that Missouri was thrilled with the project’s scope and pace.

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By TOD PALMER. 22 hours ago

Laden with new personnel, MU offense to be tested in spring game

Missouri’s first-string offense will start the Black and Gold Game trailing 14-0 on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

It should provide a good preseason test for offensive coordinator Josh Henson’s bunch.

After all, the Tigers are breaking in a new starting quarterback, new receivers at all four spots, a new starting tight end, four offensive linemen at new positions and no longer have last season’s leading rusher, Henry Josey.

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By TOD PALMER. yesterday

Bob Lutz: Can (and will) Missouri dig deep enough to get Gregg Marshall?

I wrote earlier this week that if the Missouri basketball job came open (which it has), the Tigers would definitely have interest in Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall (duh) and that the Mizzou job might be a fit.

I stand by that, although I’m surprised Frank Haith left Missouri on Friday to take the vacant Tulsa job. I figured Haith would have stayed one more season in Columbia, get fired, and then the Tigers would pursue Marshall.

The timing of Haith’s departure probably hurts Missouri’s chances of luring Marshall, who has an outstanding team returning in 2014-15 and whose son, Kellen, is a little more than a year away from graduating high school.

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By BOB LUTZ. 2 days ago

Local service for Pee Wee Summers set for April 29

Two services, one in Kansas City, Kan., will be held for William “Pee Wee” Summers, the longtime basketball official who died last week.

Summers, 70, died from complications with diabetes in Oklahoma City on April 14. Summers was a former William Jewell standout athlete who had been a basketball referee on the high school and college level, calling games throughout the region, including the Big Eight.

The first service will be held at 6 p.m. April 29 at St. Peter CME Church at 1914 North 8th Street in Kansas City, Kan. Cards and condolences should be sent to the church.

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KU to break ground on home for Naismith’s basketball rules May 2

The first look at the DeBruce Center, the new home for James Naismith’s original “Rules of Basket Ball,” is here.

The University of Kansas, which will hold a groundbreaking for the project on May 2, released a photo of the new 32,000-square-foot building that will sit just northeast of Allen Fieldhouse.

According to Kansas, the display of the rules of basketball will be “flanked by the stories” of Naismith and Phog Allen.

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By RUSTIN DODD. 2 days ago

MU’s Maty Mauk working to add pocket passing to his game

Spring is a time of renewal and replenishment and that’s very much true for a college football team, too.

Missouri is counting on sophomore quarterback Maty Mauk to emerge as a leader, the new face of a team trying to build of a breakthrough SEC East division title in its second season in the nation’s baddest football conference and a rallying force in the chase for a repeat.

However, more changes are afoot for Mauk, who has something of a gunslinger’s reputation after displaying a flair for improvisation during a four-game audition when James Franklin was out because of a shoulder injury last fall.

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By TOD PALMER. 4 days ago

Seven-foot KU recruit Myles Turner to announce college choice on April 30

Kansas target Myles Turner has set a date for his college announcement.

Turner, a 7-foot prospect from Euless, Texas, will unveil his college decision in a televised ceremony on ESPNU at 4 p.m. on April 30. For now, Turner is deciding amongst a list of schools that includes Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, SMU and Duke.

Turner, rated as the No. 2 overall prospect by ESPN, visited Kansas in early March. He played in the McDonald’s All-American Game earlier this month and is currently in New York, taking part in the Jordan Brand Classic.

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By RUSTIN DODD. 4 days ago

NCAA committee approves expanded meal allowance

The NCAA's Legislative Council approved a proposal Tuesday to expand the meal allowance for all athletes.

The move occurred eight days after Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier complained during the Final Four that he sometimes went to bed "starving" because he couldn't afford food.

The proposal would allow Division I schools to provide unlimited meals and snacks to all athletes, including walk-ons. The measure still must be approved by the board of directors, which meets April 24.

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