Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Arena Hoops Gave Smith Tast of Mu-Illini Rivalry

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Arena Hoops Gave Smith Tast of Mu-Illini Rivalry

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University of Missouri football coach Larry Smith, hired on December 15, 1993, had been on the job a week when he was emphatically introduced to the Missouri-Illinois "border war" - basketball style.

At The Arena, the Tigers defeated Illini 108-107 in triple overtime.

"After being at that basketball game last December, there's no question in my mind it's a rivalry game," said Smith, whose Tigers take on the Illini at 1:05 today at Memorial Stadium.

From the days when he was a Michigan assistant to Bo Schembechler preparing to play Woody Hayes and Ohio State, Smith has been smitten with such matchups. He has had varying success in them.

At Arizona, he was 5-2 against Arizona State. At Southern Cal, he was 3-2-1 against UCLA but 0-6 against Notre Dame.

Although Smith takes the competitions seriously, his approach may be less vigorous than someone like Hayes. Legend had that it Hayes wouldn't even condescend to buy gasoline in the state of Michigan.

But an episode in Kansas last year may have Smith re-thinking his posture.

"After driving 10,000 miles last fall, I got one stinking ticket, and it was (in) the state of Kansas," he said. "So I'm not as mad at Illinois as I am at Kansas. I probably would buy gas in Illinois."

It's My Field! His name may be on the stadium, but that evidently doesn't entail privileges for former Mizzou coach Don Faurot. Courtesy of Carl's Towing, one of Faurot's cars, a Honda, was removed from a Faurot Field lot before Saturday's game against Tulsa.

"I knew right away what happened," Faurot told the Columbia Daily Tribune. "One of the younger people in the clan" took the permit out of the window.

Faurot, 92, drove a Buick to the game.

University of Missouri police Maj. Jack Watring said a police cadet working in the parking lot remembered that the Honda had a permit when it entered.

"Someone from the athletic department specifically asked us to tow that vehicle," Watring told the Tribune.

John Kendrick, in charge of parking at the stadium, said he didn't know who ordered the car towed. …

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