SLP97121003- 12 DECEMBER 1997- COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, USA: University of Missouri head coach Larry Smith was named Big 12 coach of the year, December 12. The last Tigers football coach to win the honor was Warren Powers in 1983. Smith, who guided Missouri to a 7 and 4 record, this season, will be participating in the Holiday Bowl, December 29. Missouri has not been to a bowl game since 1983. UPI bg/HO
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