Tag:Gary Pinkel
Posted on: February 29, 2012 6:39 pm
Edited on: February 29, 2012 6:53 pm
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Pinkel: 'Common sense' will lead MU-KU to play

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said his school and Kansas will play again “when common sense takes over emotion.”

Pinkel has been a strident supporter of keeping the KU-Missouri series alive as the Tigers head to the SEC. The argument between the two sides over the century-old rivalry has, if anything, increased after Saturday’s basketball game in Lawrence. KU’s overtime win may be the last meeting of the two schools in a major sport. Kansas has said it has no interest in playing Missouri since it is leaving the Big 12.

“It will be a great continued rivalry and it could happen this year if we really wanted it to happen,” Pinkel said. “It’s all choices. We’re ready to do it anytime.”

The war of words between the two camps isn’t going to end anytime soon. At the end of interview on other subjects Wednesday in his office, Pinkel reacted to a quote from Bill Self after Saturday’s hoops games.

“It’s not the same,” Self said of the rivalry continuing. “Missouri has got to market their future. We’re their past.”

Pinkel said he is convinced that the schools will play again in football and basketball. The rivals have played since 1892 in football and 1907 in basketball.

“There will come a time when, without question, that in Kansas City at the beginning of the football season, hopefully Missouri and Kansas will play,” he said. “That will happen sometime, when common sense takes over emotion. There is sometime when, in Kansas City, Mo., KU and Mizzou will play basketball too.”

The teams have played a neutral-site football game at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium since 2007. There is speculation the schools could meet in the future for a non-conference basketball game at Kansas City’s Sprint Center. There is still a possibility the teams could meet at next week’s Big 12 tournament and, less likely, in the NCAA tournament.

“That rivalry can last forever and ever and ever,” Pinkel said. “It gets kind of comical after a while the more you hear about it, especially when you hear it coming from Kansas City.”

Some Missouri supporters in and around Kansas City had been more vocal about staying in the Big 12 than in other parts of the state. The Big 12 traces its basketball tournament roots in Kansas City back to 1977 in the old Big Eight. The four-year-old Sprint Center was built, in part, as a way to keep that tournament in town.

“Everywhere in the state, everyone has kind of accepted it and you go into Kansas City – and Kansas City is a great city for Mizzou football and basketball – [but] after a while [pausing] … it’s going to happen,” Pinkel said. “When common sense takes over and we relax a little bit why would it not?"


Posted on: November 17, 2011 10:37 am
Edited on: November 17, 2011 1:40 pm
 

Missouri's Pinkel reportedly gets DUI

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel reportedly got a DUI last night and it barely registers with me.

I barely care in these scandal-ridden days. There will be all kinds of questions raised about accountability and hypocrisy -- two of Pinkel's players were suspended for two games because of DUIs -- but I'm having a hard time being outraged. Sorry.

Pinkel has enough moral equity stored up at Missouri that he gets a pass from me on this. He's a good coach, a good guy and as far as I know a good father and husband. Mistakes are made. Let me qualify that: I do care in the sense that no one should get in a car and drive while impaired by alcohol. That's dangerous and thoughtless. Thank God he did no damage to property, himself or others.

If he is found guilty, Pinkel made a huge mistake. How, you might ask, does he discipline his players now that he has been cited? Good question, but he and the football program will figure it out. They will get over this. Pinkel will keep his job. He will be humbled. Life will go on at Missouri.

Once again, sorry. That's the way I feel. It's hard to have any sort of outrage left in the tank after what has gone on in college athletics this year. Maybe that's more sad, than wrong. 


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