From national champions to emotional wins, Mizzou sports fans had plenty to cheer about.
The former Mr. Football in Ohio, the former All-SEC freshman, the guy that returned the black and gold to national prominence now has no affiliation to the football team he became so accustomed to leading week-in and week-out.
Pinkel will make $350,000 for the first two years of his new job.
Pinkel finishes his career with an overall record of 118-71.
Missouri loses to Tennessee 19-8 in outbound skipper’s last home game.
Boehm, on senior night: “You always see it. All my four years I saw it and watched and one day that was going to be me. I didn’t realize how fast it would come.”
Gary Pinkel: “I didn’t want to end like this.”
Gary Pinkel: “It’s my players. At Toledo and here at Mizzou. I’m going to miss that. I’m going to miss them. I’m going to miss that interaction and being around them, scolding them when I have to scold them and hugging them everyday.”
Pinkel’s departure marks the end of an era for Missouri football.
“I always tell our guys, you never know when greatness is around the corner,” Gary Pinkel said. “You keep working hard and you never know when greatness all of the sudden just flips.”
Gary Pinkel: “My support for my players had nothing to do with anybody losing their job and, with something like this, football became secondary.”
Missouri could avoid fees if a mutual agreement is reached with BYU.
In Missouri’s last three games, Fatony has punted for 1,144 yards in 25 attempts for an average of 45.76 yards.
“I want to play,” Ian Simon said. “I want to play ball. I want to be out on the field. I want to be out there with my teammates. For us, it’s just another opportunity to make a play."
Freshman quarterback Drew Lock only converted on one third down in his 14 attempts.
Lock is the first freshman quarterback to start in Pinkel’s 39 years as a football coach.
Lock went 21-28 for 136 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his first career start.
Enough platitudes and cliches; let’s see changes.
Terry Beckner Jr.: “It’s part of the game. Us as a team, we’re going to stay behind him, because that’s our main quarterback right now. We believe in him.”
J'Mon Moore: “It’s all about the weekly grind coach Pinkel has us do."