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Mizzou Links, 12-26-07

Let's face it...there's really not a lot going on right now...

The Post-Dispatch documents Mizzou's successful transformation as an athletic program ("Less than two years ago, the Mizzou athletics department was worse than a dimming bulb.").  Meanwhile, Mike Dearmond talks about Chancellor Brady "Robot" Deaton and his positive impact on said transformation.

Deaton speaks proudly about Missouri’s academic standing, how scholarship funding and the school’s reputation for achievement have attracted a greater number of students with ACT scores of 30 and above than at any time in MU history.

But Deaton doesn’t see academic and athletic success as being mutually exclusive.

"People statewide and nationally are very interested in the athletic teams," Deaton said. "It’s excited a lot of people. It enables us to use that as a platform for talking more broadly about the great academic strengths for the campus. Which is what the bottom line is all about here."

Pinkel, who finished second in The Associated Press National Coach of the Year voting last week, credited Deaton and athletic director Mike Alden with standing firm in the face of adversity.

"In all the tough times that we’ve gone through together ... they were strong enough to weather the storm," Pinkel said.

As Mizzou Football departs for Dallas, Dave Matter discusses Gary Pinkel's new contract in detail.

Add a new 4-star WR to the Mizzou visit list for January...

The Trib's Steve Walentik talks about Mizzou Basketball and how they need to recover quickly from another discouraging loss.

Possibly the one positive for this year's women's basketball team is the play of heralded freshman Shakara Jones...the Star has a nice piece on her.

Big Head = Scrooge.

And finally...11 straight.  Yeah, baby.  And I even got to watch this one on TV!