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Mizzou Links: 12/31

One more day in 2007 and one more day of third-string links.

Tournament dreams? Nearing dead, as Mizzou basketball falls to Mississippi State in Starksville. Color me depressed...

On the gridiron, the KC Star confirms what we already knew: Chase Daniel is a big fish in Southlake.

All the "Chase in Southlake" stories are starting to wear on me, but perhaps that's a testament to the fact I graduated from a rival high school and absolutely hated the kid until he committed to Mizzou. One Heisman trophy presentation appearance later, I thought I'd gotten past it, but maybe not...

Arkansas interim coach Reggie Herring isn't quite happy about his players giving Mizzou a chance to play the "No Respect" card.

The STL P-D adds another "Look how Pinkel has changed" story here. Graham Watson takes a look at the Tiger D having to prepare for the unpredictable.

Dave Matter's Behind the Stripes features a fairly in-depth interview with Pinkel, including asking about his family background and his loyalty to Mizzou.

I’ve never been one of those guys that’s always looking for the next job. There’s a lot of money in our business, but I never ever got into coaching to make money. I love coaching because I like to be around kids. I like to win, and I like to compete. But I never, ever got into it for money.

Alabama 30, Colorado 24. I had 'Bama pegged in a blowout, and for the first 20 minutes, I looked dead on. How CU made a game of it, I will never know...