Backup QB relatively untested

Every time Brad Smith scampers out of the backfield, Tiger fans collectively hold their breath.

They’re anticipating Smith breaking tackles with another dazzling run and fearing that the star quarterback might take a hit that knocks him out of the game.

MU Police report: Liquor arrests double

Arrests for liquor law violations more than doubled and drug violations increased in 2003, according to a campus safety and crime report released by the MU Police Department.

Capt. Scott Richardson said more education for the officers may have influenced the increase.

Adversity follows running back

Twenty minutes into his first college football practice, Bobby Purify encountered a problem that has plagued his life: injuries.

Purify, a running back at Colorado, had a fracture in his foot. The injury forced him to sit out and watch the first six games of the 2000 season. As a result of the injury and accompanying rehabilitation, Purify learned early what is required to recover from the adversity of an injury.

Deaton named new chancellor

Elson Floyd, president of the University of Missouri system named Brady Deaton as the permanent chancellor of MU this afternoon.

E-mail announcement from Floyd

Dear faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends, and supporters of the University of Missouri-Columbia: