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GP Meets with Local Media, Overwhelmed by Induction into HOF

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I LOVE GP, y’all. What a guy. What a work ethic. What a great coach, inspiring so many. And now, what a worthy addition to this year’s class of the College Football Hall of Fame.

In case you’ve forgotten, Pinkel won more games than any previous coach at Mizzou or Toledo. He led the Tigers to 10 bowls and four conference championship games in two different conferences, and twice was thisclose to leading MIzzou to a national championship game. But still, he told a group of reporters and friends/family at Shakespeare’s on Tuesday afternoon, he wasn’t sure it’d be enough to get him in.

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Dave Matter, who has a close relationship with GP after working with him on the 100 Yard Journey.

“It wasn’t because I didn’t believe in me or myself,” Pinkel said Tuesday at Shakespeare’s Pizza on the south side of Columbia, where he visited with friends, family and media. “First of all, I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. I don’t wake up every day going, ‘Oh gosh, I want to be in the Hall of Fame.’ I just didn’t really think I was going to get in. Then all of a sudden the box was there.”

“That whole day,” he added [talking about how he found out by a package he’d received on his doorstep], “every 20 minutes I had tears coming down.”

From Lila Bromberg over at the KC Star, after speaking with former AD Mike Alden at lunch:

“Certainly there’s no question the wins and losses speak for themselves,” said Mike Alden, who served as Missouri’s athletic director from from 1998-2015. “... But I think that if you take a look only at all the wins, you’re missing the picture of what built all that, and that’s why he deserves to be a Hall of Famer.”

Also from her article, which is long and frankly, delightful:

Pinkel’s approach in building the Missouri program revolved around systems, something he picked up from James and also instilled at Toledo. One system for player development: How do you make players stronger, faster, more mentally tough, etc. — to the point at which the seniors become extensions of assistant coaches. Another for organization: How do you practice and prepare. Another for academic responsibilities. And so on and so forth.

“It’s my job to make sure daily as I’m watching all these things happen that we correct things and we praise things,” Pinkel said. “We correct things and praise things every day. That’s what I did.”

A few former Pinkel players shared their love for their coach:

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