Gary Pinkel gets fired up, SPOOOOOOOON returns, and Mizzou Hoopsters tweet from the Bahamas.
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Pinkel on radio show: "Our fans expect us to be in bowl games. ... That's refreshing to me. ... Our fans get it."— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) November 27, 2012
Pinkel: Might use attached tight end more in future. Cites A&M as example of spread working in SEC but notes Ags have great personnel— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) November 27, 2012
Pinkel: "I could not wait to get to work this morning."— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) November 27, 2012
Pinkel: "I'm high energy. Let's get back to work." Refers to 2012 as "crummy year."— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) November 27, 2012
Pinkel, most animated he's been all year. He came prepared to defend track record & his personal competitiveness to fix problems— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) November 27, 2012
Pinkel asked if quarterback job is open for competition: "There's no question about it."— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) November 27, 2012
Asked about QB job in 2013, Pinkel cited Brad Smith, as a redshirt freshman, beating out senior Kirk Farmer, returning starter, in 2002— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) November 27, 2012
The Trib (Dave Matter): Emptying the Notebook: That's a wrap
What's James Franklin's future in Missouri's offense? I don’t know the answer, but a fourth injury in eight months sidelined him for a fourth start Saturday night. Pinkel said it became obvious by Wednesday that Franklin wasn't going to be available because of lingering symptoms from the concussion he suffered against Syracuse. At practice last week, Franklin had trouble with the sunlight and the artificial crowd noises the team used to prepare for Kyle Field. I was told he had to go into the locker room midway through one practice because of the sunlight.
By November, Pinkel's tone when discussing Franklin took a decided turn from September when he tersely — you might say coldly — said Franklin "didn’t want to play" against Arizona State and declined to take a painkiller injection. Once Corbin Berkstresser played a few games — and struggled mightily to move the offense — Pinkel regularly praised Franklin's toughness and expressed sympathy for his star-crossed season.
"I've coached that position a long time, and I've never seen a quarterback go through what he's gone through in one year," Pinkel said Saturday. "Obviously, that's disappointing to us because I think he's a great player. That's unfortunate. Hopefully, he got all of" the injuries "out of the way."
This should be an interesting spring. The Tigers will have two quarterbacks with starting experience, plus freshman Maty Mauk, who took a redshirt this year, and, should they follow through with their verbal commitments, incoming freshmen Trent Hosick and Eddie Printz.
But the staff seems to still believe in Franklin, and I expect him to be the No. 1 quarterback when spring practices begin. I asked Pinkel Saturday night if he thought the game would have been different if Franklin played, maybe closer to the Tennessee game that became an offensive shootout.
"I think all of us can answer that," he said.
The Trib: Missouri AD: Pinkel will be back for 2013 season
The Trib (Dave Matter): Pinkel: "What I do is Fight. And I compete."
The Missourian: Pinkel and staff still searching for SEC respect
KC Star: Pinkel, MU players look toward next season
Post-Dispatch: Energized Pinkel says he can't wait to fix MU
Some of those constituents believe solving MU’s issues should begin with shaking up the staff. Pinkel last week said he would not make any changes.
He didn’t say he would on Monday, either, but he elaborated on the matter rather than dismissing the question this time.
"If you hire the wrong person, what will destroy your company was not hiring the wrong person," he said. "That’s not going to destroy your company. What’s going to destroy your company is having that person stay in your organization …
"I look at everybody in our program ... because if you can’t fit in, and you can’t deliver to our program, then I’ll make a change.
"But what I’m not going to do is … be the coach who’s just going to change guys just to make it sound like I’m doing things (and) mixing things up."
He added that "every coach knows exactly where they stand" and summed up, "We have a good staff. They’re good at what they do. And if they weren’t I would … make changes."
Post-Dispatch (Bryan Burwell): Pinkel has earned right to fix Mizzou mess
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