By all measures, Missouri endured a disappointing football debut in the Southeastern Conference, slogging through a 5-7 season in 2012 that disrupted a seven-year streak of bowl games under Coach Gary Pinkel.
Off the field, Mizzou's SEC-driven success has been far more noticeable. On Tuesday, school officials announced an $8.3 million gift from Don and Audrey Walsworth of Marceline to be used to improve and expand Memorial Stadium and also build a new clubhouse for the men's and women's golf teams at a private course in Columbia.
The donation follows a $30 million gift from the Kansas City Sports Trust in June - the second largest private gift of any kind in school history - and a $6.4 million anonymous athletics contribution in December.
''We have to have the facilities to attract men and women of SEC caliber,'' said Walsworth, an MU graduate, CEO of a northern Missouri publishing company and former chairman of the university's Board of Curators. ''We have kind of a grace period...