gary pinkel

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 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.
With the SEC East champion likely on-track, again, to face the SEC West winner in a virtual national semifinal with the winner earning a spot in the BCS Championship game, this game means quite a bit.
Year one didn't go as planned for the boys from Columbia, Missouri with too many injuries to the offensive line and many skill positions ending in a 5-7 finish with no bowl appearance. Things will be different in the fall of 2013 and a bowl appearance will happen for the Tigers.
Everyone in America is predicting Missouri to have a rough time adjusting to the SEC style of football. So, how will Missouri fair in the big bad SEC? I'm not worried at all.