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Gary Pinkel isn’t staying put amidst latest diagnosis

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

Simply put: Read this profile on Gary Pinkel’s life after football

Happy Monday, y’all! I usually try to include a little preamble in these here links posts, but seeing as the main link in today’s post is good enough without my musings, I’ll go ahead and link directly to it.

“I just felt, kind of empty,” Pinkel said by phone this week. “Not empty from not being the head football coach at Missouri. People ask me all the time: What do you miss? I miss game day. I miss putting my headset on. And for four hours, I went into a zone. I was gone. And I loved it...”

I’d also typically intersperse chunks from the story with my own commentary, but that would be very unfair to the post itself. Needless to say, it’s very good human interest work from Ben Frederickson, and you should all take the time to read it.

It’s been about a week since we found out that Gary Pinkel’s cancer is back. In that time, I’ve thought a lot about my memories with Gary Pinkel — which, for me, is most of my life as a Missouri fan. It’s interesting to remember that Pinkel isn’t a Mizzou-lifer, but instead has become a legend in CoMo and Tiger Nation by embracing the community where he ended his storied career. These types of stories seem trite and fluffy, but they’re still pretty special and should be celebrated. While Pinkel’s life is his own, his stories have become — and will continue to be — ours as well.

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