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Gary Pinkel in good spirits after announcement that his cancer is back

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Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

Pinkel once again undergoing cancer treatment

As I wrote about in yesterday’s links post, former football coach Gary Pinkel announced his cancer is no longer in remission.

You can watch the full interview with ABC 17’s Andrew Kauffman here.

While Pinkel’s specific form of cancer never truly goes away, he clarified that he recently had to restart treatment.

“I had to get treatment again for the first time in four years,” Pinkel said. “My cancer came out of remission. I had treatment last month. I’m doing fine...”

Most of us remember that the cancer was given as the main reason for Pinkel’s retirement following the 2015 season. GP hasn’t been a stranger since his retirement, though, frequenting Mizzou athletic events on the regular. He also started his own foundation for those battling cancer in less fortunate positions.

Pinkel, 67, recently launched a foundation, GP M.A.D.E, which raises money for kids with cancer, with physical challenges or who are in tough economic or social situations. On Monday, Pinkel’s foundation will host a Par 3 Golf Rally at Old Hawthorne course in Columbia.

“I can’t imagine a nine-year-old looking in the mirror, you know you’ve got leukemia or lymphoma,” Pinkel told KMIZ. “The importance of research is huge.”

Send your prayers, good thoughts and vibes, etc. toward Pinkel and his family this week. Hopefully this is the last time we have to mention his condition for a long time.


More Links:

  • Fairly typical Monday morning at PowerMizzou: Sean Williams took a closer look at the latest commit, a guest Rivals contributor examined some film of another recent commit and Gabe offered up his Monday morning thoughts — all for premium subscribers, as usual.
  • Mizzou baseball announced it’ll take on a few former Big XII rivals in next year’s 2020 Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic.
  • A few Mizzou Track & Field athletes had starring weekends at the USATF U20 Outdoor Championships.
  • In their #MizzouMade series, the athletic department’s official website profiled former football star [deep breath] SPOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!