In the first five years of Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel’s tenure, the Tigers have played three nonconference games against teams from Bowl Championship Series conferences. That number will at least double in the next two seasons.
The Tigers announced Thursday they will play Mississippi, a team from the Southeastern Conference, in each of the next two seasons. The Rebels will come to Columbia on Sept. 9, 2006, and will host the Tigers in Oxford, Miss., on Sept. 8, 2007.
Last month, Missouri signed a four-year deal to play Illinois of the Big Ten, another BCS conference, starting in 2007. All of those games will take place in St. Louis.
Missouri and Ole Miss have played four times, all in the 1970s. The Tigers won three of the meetings, including a 33-7 win in Jackson, Miss., in 1979, the most recent time the teams met.
The Rebels were 4-7 last season, but have had plenty of success in the past few years. They had gone to bowl games in six of the seven years before 2004, and are 1-0 this year under new coach Ed Orgeron, who was Southern California’s defensive line coach for seven years.
Missouri’s 2006 schedule is nearly complete. The Tigers will play at home for the first two games of the season: against Division I-AA Murray State on Sept. 2 and then against Ole Miss.
On Sept. 16, Missouri will go to Albuquerque, N.M., and look for payback against the New Mexico Lobos, who beat MU 45-35 on Saturday. The Tigers will add one more nonconference game, which is scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 23, but the opponent and location have not been finalized.
– ZACH EWINGp>
RECYCLING PROGRAM: TigerTAILgate Recycling kicked off its season on Saturday with a final score of 2.07 tons of collected recyclables.
Darus Love, solid waste and recycling coordinator for MU, said the pilot program – aimed at reducing waste in tailgating areas – was a success.
“Everyone was very receptive,” Love said. “There were a lot of positive comments.”
The program, in which volunteers hand out bags for trash and recyclables, also includes MU Campus Facilities, Anheuser-Busch Recycling, Sustain Mizzou, the city and the MU athletic department.
Adam Saunders, president of Sustain Mizzou, said a few organizational changes will be made for a recycling drive this Saturday during the Tigers’ game against Troy. The volunteer group, known as the “Green Team,” will split into two shifts to ensure a more efficient program.
The first shift will work the parking lots and stand in front of Memorial Stadium. This strategy is designed to enable volunteers to catch recyclables before they are tossed into the trash. The second shift will sweep through the parking lots and collect trash after the game, Saunders said.
Although the program was successful in many tailgating areas, most of the waste found after the game, including a lot of plastic cups, was not recyclable. Love said he thinks the public doesn’t know there are two bags: one for recyclables and one for waste.
This Saturday, the Green Team will be in more places: all of the Hearnes Center parking lots, Mizzou Arena lots, Faurot Field lots, Taylor Building lots, Research Reactor lots and lots that serve Lathrop, Jones and Laws residence halls, Love said.
MU recycled 1,339 tons of paper, cardboard, containers and other items last year.
– TRICIA HERRIES