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Missouri’s Pinkel On Suspended WR Green-Beckham: “I’m Disappointed, Frustrated.”

gfx-they-said-it4This week, star Missouri receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was suspended for an undisclosed violation of team rules.  It is the third time the junior-to-be has been suspended from Gary Pinkel’s program.  Speaking yesterday, the Tigers’ coach made it clear he’s tired of the off-field issues:

 

“I have 126 players and I’m responsible for every one of them.  I take that responsibility, just like I have with my three kids.  Obviously, I’m disappointed.  Frustrated.

We run this program with integrity.  We teach our players to be accountable, responsible people.  When they make mistakes — and they’re going to make some mistakes — when they’re serious mistakes, obviously, it stings.  It stings me.  It stings the players.  That stings our fans.  My job is to get it fixed.  That’s what I intend to do.”

 

Green-Beckham was arrested earlier this year on suspicion of drug activity.  He was charged with possession of marijuana in 2012.  Police records show that he is currently tied to a Columbia Police Department investigation into an alleged burglary.  His involvement in the first-degree burglary case is unknown — Victim?  Perpetrator? — at this time.

Green-Beckham finished 9th in the SEC last year in receiving yardage (883) and seventh in catches (59).  He tied for the league lead in touchdown receptions (12) with Texas A&M’s Mike Evans.  Those numbers might explain why it’s “three strikes and you’re suspended again” instead of “three strikes and you’re out.”

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Missouri’s Pinkel Not Happy With Contract Talks For His Assistants

gfx - they said itHow’s this for a turnaround?  This time a year ago many a Missouri alum was thinking it was time for head coach Gary Pinkel to hit the bricks.  One 12-2 season, SEC East title and Cotton Bowl title later have changed things considerably in Columbia.  Now the head coach is secure enough to let it be known that he’s not happy with how long it’s taking MU to re-work the contracts of his assistant coaches.

Mizzou AD Mike Alden had said that Pinkel and crew might land raises after 2013′s surprising top 10 finish.  Asked about the contract situation last week, Pinkel said:

 

“It’s a slow process.  We’re disappointed to this point, but we’ll see where it goes.”

 

Most coaches don’t make those kinds of statements, folks.  This shows that Pinkel feels he’s standing on terra firma these days… as he should be.  Honestly, it was silly for Pinkel to have been put on any kind of a hot seat following an injury-plagued 2012 anyway.  Especially considering the fact that he’d already turned the Mizzou program from a trash heap to a top 25 contender every year.

Ah, but no one likes complainers.  And you can bet that Alden would have preferred his coach not use the word “disappointed” to discuss the ongoing contract talks between the school and its coaches.

Pinkel had a big year and he should have some goodwill.  He and his coaches should be rewarded, too, as that’s pretty much how the game is played these days.  But the coach should also be careful not to quickly use up the equity the Tigers’ impressive 2013 campaign has afforded him.

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Mizzou Outlasts Oklahoma State In Cotton Bowl Shootout

postgame-links-150x1501Missouri 41 – Oklahoma State 31. Video Highlights

1. Leading by just a field goal and Oklahoma State driving, defensive end Michael Sam sacks quarterback, forces fumble that leads to game’s final touchdown.

2. Joe Walljasper: “Gary Pinkel became the winningest coach in Missouri football history in the most Gary Pinkel way possible.”

3. Vahe Gregorian: “Simply put, the Tigers had to win this to make this season special.”

4. Bryan Burwell:  ”This was a perfectly delicious way to end a special Mizzou football season.”

5. Berry Tramel:  ”To raise its stock substantially, the Big 12 needs to beat the SEC. “

6. Backup quarterback Maty Mauk provides a spark but plays just two series while starting QB James Franklin struggled most of the night.

7. While Franklin struggled, the running game flourished.  256 yards on the night – average of 5.4 yards per carry.

8. Goodbye Kony Ealy.  Junior defensive end intends to declare for NFL draft.  Fellow defensive end Markus Golden says he’s staying; running back Henry Josey undecided.

9. Gary Pinkel busts a move.

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Missouri Coach Gary Pinkel: “Hopefully, We’ll Learn Something From This”

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel answers question from the media following the Tigers 59-42 loss against Saturday in the SEC Championship Game.

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SEC Conference Call: Gary Pinkel Talks Ole Miss

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel talks Ole Miss – Week 13 SEC coaches conference call.

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Hot Properties In The SEC: Which Coaches Might Be Targeted By Other Schools?

wanted-one-new-football-coach-posterAnything is possible.

You may think your team’s coach is a lock to stick around despite outside interest, but as Tennessee learned in 2010… anything is possible.  Lane Kiffin had been in Knoxville for just one season when Southern Cal came calling less than a month before signing day.  Fifteen other guys had to decline offers from the Trojans before Kiffin got his call, but when USC rang, he jumped.

Let’s also remember that an approach by another school doesn’t have to result in your school’s coach leaving to cause problems.  Agent Jimmy Sexton’s clients seem to get annual raises, extensions and inflated buyouts due to reported interest in them.  All it takes is another school sniffing around — or an agent bluffing that other schools are sniffing around — to bind your school to its coach with a bigger, stronger contract.

So who in the SEC might be hot properties at this season’s end?  Here’s our list…

 

Hot Properties

Nick Saban, Alabama — The only thing that might drive Saban from Tuscaloosa someday would be an NCAA investigation or some sort.  Still, rumors persist that Texas — if the Longhorns push Mack Brown out — will try to make Bama’s coach an offer he can’t refuse.  So keep an eye on Brown’s situation.  Just last week, Texas’ coach said, “Nick’s not trying to get my job, I mean, I know Nick… So I don’t have to worry about that.”  That’s called whistling past the graveyard.

Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M — Sumlin is going to get paid.  Either by Texas A&M to fend off suitors or by Southern Cal, a school reportedly ready to pay up to $6 million per season for the right man.  Sumlin’s currently playing the game on the Trojan front and that will likely force A&M to pony up again to keep him.  Unless, of course, he’s just using Southern cal as a bluff and AD Eric Hyman knows it.  For all the talk of college interest, we still feel Sumlin’s most likely next step will be toward the NFL.  If Chip Kelly’s up-tempo Eagles make the playoffs, expect Sumlin to be a pretty hot NFL commodity.  The coach has already said that down the road the pro game might interest him.

Gus Malzahn, Auburn — Would he leave the Plains after just one season?  Well, he has proven to be opportunistic in the job market.  Five years as a high school coach in Springdale, Arkansas high school.  One year as Arkansas’ offensive coordinator.  Two years as offensive coordinator at Tulsa.  Three years as Auburn’s offensive coordinator.  One year as head coach at Arkansas State.  Now back at Auburn.  We feel it’s unlikely he would leave as he seems to be a perfect fit at AU, but his track record demands that schools with openings at least pick up the phone and gauge his interest.

 

Possible Interest

James Franklin, Vanderbilt — Three bowls in three years at Vandy.  A chance to win nine games in back-to-back years at Vandy.  So why the hell is Franklin not listed as a “hot property” when his name has been connected to the Southern Cal job?  Solely due to the fact that a rape case at Vanderbilt is still hanging over the coach’s head like black cloud.  It’s unlikely that he played any role whatsoever in the cover-up of said crime, but just last week defense attorneys for an ex-Commodore accused in the rape filed a motion in court requesting copies of all the text messages sent between VU’s coaches and the four players charged.  After the Penn State circus, schools might be a tad leery of hiring anyone with so much as a potential connection to a scandal, crime or cover-up.  This is very bad timing for Franklin (who has to be growing tired of seeing empty seats at Dudley Field).

Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss — If Freeze manages to win eight or nine games this season and he puts together another top 15 signing class, someone might put Freeze on their list of job candidates.  We’re not saying he would leave as he appears to be UM man.  We just think some school might take a flier on a guy who’s had more early success than anyone ever dreamed.

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SEC Conference Call: Missouri Coach Gary Pinkel Talks Tennessee

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel talks Tennessee – Week 10 SEC Coaches Conference Call.


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Carolina Kicker Fry Feels For Missouri Kicker Baggett

missouri-field-goal-laces-out-inBy now everyone is aware of the fact that Missouri kicker Andrew Baggett missed a 24-yard field goal in overtime that would have staved off a 27-24 blown-lead, overtime loss last weekend.  Baggett took so much Twitter grief after the game that it became national news and led coach Gary Pinkel to tell a number of Mizzou fans to “back off.”

Well his placekicking counterpart on South Carolina’s team, Elliott Fry, feels Baggett’s pain:

 

“I feel terrible with what’s happened with the media and him and his fans, just being a kicker.  Especially when it’s not completely his fault.  There’s not a kicker that goes through his career that hasn’t missed one.  I feel terrible about how he’s getting treated for that.

Obviously, it was just exciting to see the ball come off (the upright) and get the win, but at the same time I feel bad for him.”

 

Fry pointed out — as have several websites — that the hold for Baggett’s kick wasn’t perfect.  “He got a lot of laces on that hold… It’s really hard to (kick with the laces).  So I guess the fault lies with both, not just him, but there’s a lot that goes into it, too.”

Considering the nastiness hurled at Baggett, perhaps Mizzou’s holder should stay away from Twitter for a while.  After all, everyone knows that it’s laces out (away from kicker) rather than laces in (facing the kicker).

 

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SEC Conference Call: Gary Pinkel Talks South Carolina

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel talks South Carolina – Week 9 SEC Coaches Conference Call.

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SEC Conference Call: Gary Pinkel Talks Florida

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel talks Florida – Week 8 SEC Coaches Conference Call.

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