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The holiday season is in full swing. Best to you and yours.

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A couple more Odom links

Mizzou at Disney, that's what. Or ... at least a teaser for Mizzou at Disney.

A couple more Odom links

Post-Dispatch: Mizzou picks Odom to run defense

Longtime Mizzou defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski was widely considered the best in-house option for the job. Instead, Pinkel could opt for a compromise like he pulled off two years ago when he promoted offensive line coach Josh Henson to offensive coordinator and gave the other internal candidate, receivers coach Andy Hill, a significant raise plus a new title of associate head coach.

Steckel was making $600,000 as Mizzou’s highest paid assistant coach. Kuligowski, with one of the country’s best track records for developing defensive line stars and NFL draft picks, makes $299,500.

Odom is expected to receive a hefty raise from his Memphis salary of $372,113. He was the second-highest paid assistant coach in the American Athletic Conference, according to USA Today’s annual salary survey.

PowerMizzou: Odom Returning to Mizzou

Practicing positive coaching POSITIVE COACHING

In short, the negative coaching tactics that [Wayne Kreklow] experienced during his playing days have resulted in the positive coaching techniques that he practices today with the Mizzou women’s volleyball team. With his personal motivators set, the ability to convert those similar beliefs into his student-athletes is an important piece into building a successful team.

"The value of keeping your kids together and the importance of team cohesiveness is crucial," Kreklow said. "Every week we have individual meetings with our players and the point of them was to not talk about volleyball, but rather other stuff in their lives. We wanted to find out how they were doing, how their parents were doing, how classes were going, and how they were doing as a person. I was stunned with how much they loved it. They all felt that it was a really positive step in team building."

For each of the volleyball student-athletes this new tactic of meeting with the players one-on-one and going deeper into their personal lives helped build stronger relationships with the coaches and increased a feeling of being wanted and needed by their peers.

"It made a huge difference with those kids who were in a similar position like mine in the past," Kreklow stated. "It played a big role on our team last year and helped everybody get on the same page."

Lots happening at the pro level...

Niners Nation: Aldon Smith strongly denies drinking at Ray McDonald's house

Peachtree Hoops: Hawks vs. Clippers final score: Atlanta squeaks past Los Angeles, 107-104, for fifth straight win

DeMarre Carroll was the centerpiece offensively on this night, as the Junkyard Dog had a season-high 25 points (on 5-6 from three) and 10 rebounds. Carroll seemingly came up with a bucket at the perfect time throughout the evening, and to go along with his customary defense, it was the total package.

Carroll was flanked by a big night from Paul Millsap, who finished with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists, and Al Horford, who added 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. It was a full-contact performance from Atlanta's frontcourt on both ends, and it was thoroughly encouraging to see the trio playing at a high level.

Comcast SportsNet: Jeremy Maclin confident Eagles extension is coming

Winter National Championships

MUTIGERS.COM: Mizzou Divers Conclude Action at 2014 USA Diving Winter National Championships