Mr. Smith, who led the Missouri football team for seven seasons, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2008 in Tuscon, Ariz. He was 68.
The Tigers finished the season at No. 4 and will also have five returning players who decided not to enter the 2008 NFL draft.
Message board posts cheer TIgers' fantastic finale and bemoan lack of a BCS bowl bid
With the help of its seniors, the 2007 MU football team became one of the best the university has seen.
The Tigers rang in the New Year winners of the Cotton Bowl and on the cusp of greater possibilities.
The Missouri defense rises to the occaision
Tony Temple sets bowl record for touchdowns and yards gained.
Is this year’s team the best ever?
It’s the first to win 12 games, besting the 1960 squad by one victory. That was the only other year when the Tigers were ranked No. 1.
Missouri fans try to escape the cold before Tuesday's Cotton Bowl.
A collection of images from the Tigers' trip to Dallas and ensuing victory against the Arkansas Razorbacks in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1.
The Cotton Bowl kicks off at 10:40 Tuesday in Dallas.
Thousands of people lined the streets of downtown Dallas to enjoy the Comerica Bank New Year’s Parade, Monday afternoon, Dec. 31, 2007. The parade is one of many events preceding Tuesday's Cotton Bowl.
Williams and Rucker have been instrumental in the Missouri attitude change.
All the attention has been on the high-powered offenses of Missouri and Arkansas.