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COLUMBIA, MO - OCTOBER 11:  Charles Harris #91 of the Missouri Tigers attempts to maneuver around John Theus #71 of the Georgia Bulldogs on October 11, 2014 at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)
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Missouri DE Charles Harris declares for 2017 NFL draft

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Missouri football has been through a rough patch the past few seasons but one thing they’ve consistently  done over the years is produce quality defensive linemen who are eventually drafted into the NFL.

It appears they can add one more name to the list.

Tigers defensive end Charles Harris announced on Thursday that he would be giving up his final year of eligibility and heading to the 2017 NFL Draft.

“Charles and I have had a few conversations about his future. I am extremely proud of his approach on a very big decision,” head coach Barry Odom said in a statement. “Certainly, I wish we could have another year with Charles leading our program, but there’s no question in my mind that he’s ready for the next level. He knew the time would come to make a decision, but his primary focus was always this team and doing what he could to make himself better and to help his teammates and coaches.”

Harris rounded out 2016 with nine sacks and 12 tackles for loss. He was second on the team, and first among defensive linemen in the SEC, with 61 tackles and wrapped up his college career seventh in school history with 18 sacks.

The junior is considered to be a potential first-rounder and certainly displayed some of that caliber of play in Columbia despite seeing frequent double-teams trying to keep him away from the quarterback. While Harris’ departure isn’t too much of a shock to those at Missouri, his decision to move on was probably sealed when the school fired defensive line coach Jackie Shipp on Thanksgiving.

Mizzou dismisses WR arrested for allegedly punching woman in face

COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 05:  Head coach Barry Odom of the Missour Tigers reacts during their game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Tyler Lecka/Getty Images)
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That was fast.

Early Wednesday morning, Keyon Dilosa was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault after he allegedly punched a woman in the face when a verbal altercation turned physical.  Missouri subsequently announced that the redshirt sophomore had been indefinitely suspended from Barry Odom‘s football program.

Facing criticism for Dilosa still being a Tiger given the severity of the allegations, Mizzou has shifted course and dismissed the player from the team.

Dilosa was a three-star member of the Tigers’ 2014 recruiting class. After catching 11 passes for 86 yards as a redshirt freshman in 2015, Dilosa caught two passes for seven yards — all of those coming the first two games — this season.

Arrested for allegedly punching woman in face, Mizzou’s Keyon Dilosa suspended indefinitely

COLUMBIA, MO - NOVEMBER 25: Barry Odom head coach of the Missouri Tigers directs his team against the Arkansas Razorbacks in the second quarter at Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2016 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
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A disappointing 2016 season on the field for Missouri has bled into the Tigers’ early start to the 2017 offseason.

Missouri’s Keyon Dilosa was arrested early Wednesday morning on suspicion of third-degree domestic assault following an incident outside of a Columbia bar. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that “[a] witness told police that Dilosa and the alleged victim were in a verbal argument and Dilosa struck the victim one time in the face with a closed fist.”

Dilosa, who had to be physically restrained by bystanders until police arrived, and the female had been involved in what was described as “an intimate relationship.”

While Dilosa has not been formally charged, the sophomore wide receiver has been indefinitely suspended from the football program.

“We are aware of the situation and addressing it internally,” a portion of a statement from the school said, which added that the program is looking “to learn more” about the incident.

Dilosa was a three-star member of the Tigers’ 2014 recruiting class. After catching 11 passes for 86 yards as a redshirt freshman in 2015, Dilosa caught two passes for seven yards — all of those coming the first two games — this season.

The Tigers will be at home for the postseason for the second consecutive year, the first time that’s happened since the program went bowl-less in every year from 1999-2002.  Barry Odom‘s 4-8 record is the worst first season for a Mizzou head coach since Larry Smith went 3-8-1 in 1994.  Gary Pinkel, Odom’s predecessor, went 4-7 in his first season with the Tigers in 2001.

Missouri cuts loose defensive line coach

COLUMBIA, MO - NOVEMBER 2: Fans look on during introductions before the Missouri Tigers take on the Tennessee Volunteers on November 2, 2013 at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)
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The Missouri Tigers have been a bit of a mess this season, which means the changes for 2017 are already underway. Today, on the eve of Thanksgiving, Missouri has fired defensive line coach Jackie Shipp.

“Jackie Shipp is no longer coaching for us, due to an internal matter where his conduct didn’t meet our expectations for coaches,” Missouri coach Barry Odom said in a released statement. “We have a very high level of expectation for our student athletes, and for our staff that applies to an even higher level.”

Bu this may go a little deeper than just coaching an inadequate defensive line. According to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Shipp may have been fired for his conduct with a player prior to last week’s road game at Tennessee. An argument with a player led to Shipp not coaching in the game and not traveling home with the team.

Shipp joined the Missouri program this season to fill a vacancy left by Chris Wilson, who accepted a job with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles. Shipp joined the Mizzou program after three years with Arizona State and a long stretch with Oklahoma.

Mizzou RB Damarea Crockett arrested for pot possession

COLUMBIA, MO - NOVEMBER 12: Damarea Crockett #16 of the Missouri Tigers runs into the end zone for a touch down against Adam Butler #69 and Oren Burks #20 of the Vanderbilt Commodores in the first quarter at Memorial Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
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Only a few hours after setting a program record for most rushing yards by a freshman against Tennessee, Mizzou running back Damarea Crockett was arrested on suspicion of possession of fewer than 35 grams of marijuana, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Dave Matter.

Crockett was arrested in a campus parking lot a little after 4 a.m. Possession of fewer than 35 grams of marijuana is a Class A misdemeanor in Missouri.

According to Matter, a spokesperson said Crockett’s discipline will “be handled internally.”

In Mizzou’s 63-37 loss to Tennessee on Saturday, Crockett rushed for 225 yards with a touchdown. The Little Rock, Ark., native has 1,062 rushing yards this year.