Players who take liberal stands or conservative positions are often slammed for focusing on something other than sports. But these are not computerized players from my son's Madden NFL game or a baseball video game.
"I've never worked a day in my life."
Pinkel was diagnosed with lymphoma in May.
"I hope more athletes see this and say, 'We have power. We have power to make change in our communities and power to make the world a better place.'"
I am ashamed of my alma mater -- the University of Missouri. It may be a microcosm of the ugly reality in our country, but the reported racism that for years has hung over this conservative Mid-western town -- two hours down the road from Ferguson -- is shameful.
It is clear however that intercollegiate athletes in the high revenue, high profile sports, can bring great pressure on their university if they are willing to take the risks involved. We now live in a college athletic environment that is much different than it was even two decades ago.
"This was strictly about me supporting my players and nothing else," Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel said.
University of Missouri Coach Gary Pinkel said the protest was an "extraordinary" circumstance that made football secondary.
If you had told SEC fans at the start of the college season that the 2013 conference title game wouldn't feature Alabama, LSU, Georgia or Texas A&M, they would have laughed. But they would have broken into hysterics if you had said that Auburn -- a three-win team a year ago -- would be ranked third, with a chance to beat Missouri and possibly play in the BCS National Championship.
Ultimately, this game features two very good teams that are pretty good at just about everything, yet none rank within the top five nationally in anything.