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Missouri adds games with Indiana, Miami (Ohio)

June, 4, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Missouri acted quickly to fill some holes in their schedule by adding upcoming nonconference games with Indiana and Miami (Ohio) and pushing back a scheduled series with Wyoming.

The two-season home-and-home Indiana series will begin with a game in Bloomington, Ind., in 2013, followed with a return game in Columbia in 2014.

The Miami series should match the Tigers against new coach Michael Haywood, who will begin his first season with the RedHawks this year. The series begins with a game in Columbia in 2010 and in Miami in 2012.

The Tigers and Hoosiers will be playing for the first time since 1992, when Indiana took a 20-10 win in Bloomington. The schools have played 10 times overall, with Indiana owning a 6-2-2 lead in the series. They played once a year for eight straight seasons (1985 through 1992), with Indiana winning six of the games, with the other two ending in ties. Mizzou has not beaten Indiana since 1954.

Missouri has also agreed to push back the beginning of the scheduled series with Wyoming at the request of the Cowboys' athletic department. Games scheduled for 2011 (Columbia) and 2012 (Laramie) have been pushed back to 2017 (Columbia) and 2018 (Laramie).

What that means is that new Wyoming coach Dave Christensen likely will not have to end up coaching against his mentor, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel. The chances are good that in the next seven seasons that either Christensen or Pinkel will have another job or retire.

The announcements will likely be greeted with a huge yawn. The Tigers are dropping their rivalry with Illinois at the request of the Fighting Illini, who wished to play more home games rather than playing the neutral-site game against the Tigers in St. Louis.

Most Missouri fans would have wanted the program to schedule games with opponents with more national cachet than either Indiana or Miami. Several fans wrote to me talking about their wishes to see the Tigers stretch themselves by playing a strong national program like Iowa or Arkansas.

But the schedule additions should all be winnable games for the Tigers -- even if they don't grab too much national acclaim along the way.

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