COLUMBIA _ A contingent of former players, coaches and Missouri athletic department officials plan to attend the funeral of Larry Smith, former Tigers football coach, on Monday in Tucson, Ariz.
“We don’t know who all is going yet,” said Barry Odom, MU director of football operation who played for Smith from 1996 through 1999. “But I know I am going. I know Andy Hill (MU assistant coach) is going.”
Odom said services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in Tucson, at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church.
The Smith family plans a private reception at 5 p.m. at another site. Smith - who took the 1997 Tigers to a bowl game for the first time in 13 years - coached MU to its first bowl victory since 1981 in 1998.
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Smith, who coached at Tulane, Arizona and USC before coming to MU in 1976, had a 143-126-7 career coaching record. He was 33-46-1 when he was fired by MU athletic director Mike Alden following the 2000 season.
Smith was diagnosed with chronic lymphatic leukemia - the disease that took him last Monday in a Tucson hospital - during his final year at MU. JUNIORS AT MU: This weekend is a big one for Missouri football and the recruiting class for 2009. Up to 25 high school juniors were scheduled on campus, including a couple of high-profile players from Kansas City in Blue Springs South quarterback Blaine Dalton and Rockhurst quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase. Dalton has already given a verbal commitment to Missouri.