After being named a finalist to the 2021 College Football Hall of Fame ballot, former Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel joined Frank Cusumano on 590 The Fan’s Hollywood Casino Press Box to discuss his head coaching career, his relationships with former players, his thoughts on Eli Drinkwitz, and much more.
Even though he is one of three head coaches (Bear Bryant and Steve Spurrier) in college football to become the winningest coach at two different programs, Pinkel said he was shocked when he heard the honor of this news.
“I had no idea it was coming...none. It was kind of emotional...it’s hard to get nominated for that. I have never had goals to be in the Hall of Fame, there was never set goals like that. I’m certainly honored, without question, it’s something that kind of blew me away a little bit.”
When asked about Brad Smith, here’s what Pinkel had to say:
“He’s such a great kid and such a great leader that he developed into. It’s no question about it, he did an incredible job here and he would certainly list a bunch of his teammates, which he should. He was the difference maker in us turning the program.”
And here’s Pinkel’s thoughts on Drinkwitz:
“He’s impressive. He’s got a great plan…..he has a really good interaction with his players, that’s real important…I recognized that. I’m really excited about it......... I told him he’s got great facilities, we should build a new indoor facility and then we’ll have as good as anybody in the nation. With our stadium and our south end zone, it’s as good as anywhere in the nation.....He’s doing a real emphasis on keeping kids in-state here, and obviously that’s hugely important for our success at this university. He’s worked really, really hard at that.
This was a fun listen....so go ahead and check out the full interview at 590 The Fan.
That’s it for now....onto the links!
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