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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. 3 hours 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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8 hours ago

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. 9 hours 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. 2 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. 2 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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3 days ago

NCAA rule regarding draft cuts evaluation time for players

Missouri junior shooting guard Jabari Brown basically had three weeks to make one of the most important decisions of his life.

The NBA Draft remains more than 70 days away, but Brown — and every other college basketball player who declared for the draft but held off signing with an agent — had to decide by Tuesday if he wanted to stay in the draft or return to school.

“It’s a dumb rule,” ESPN college basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla said. “It’s a terrible rule for student-athletes. It benefits the best programs in the country, but it’s a terrible rule for somebody like Jabari. He’s forced to make a very important decision in a very short amount of time.”

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By TOD PALMER. 3 days ago

MU’s Bri Kulas selected by San Antonio in WNBA Draft

Former Missouri standout Bri Kulas was selected Monday by the San Antonio Stars in the third round of the WNBA Draft.

A Shawnee Mission North graduate who also played at Kansas State and Johnson County Community College, Kulas was the No. 28 overall selection.

She is the seventh Tigers women’s basketball player drafted into the league and the first since Christine Flores in 2012.

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By TOD PALMER. 3 days ago

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