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Some would say putting Gary Pinkel on the hot seat isn't fair, as he has coached Missouri since 2001 and has led the school to fairly decent success. But the Tigers are no longer in the Big 12, and with the move to the SEC, the pressure has been turned up a few notches.
We just saw four SEC coaches fired during the offseason. And if things don't turn around—Missouri went 5-7, 2-6 in the SEC—Pinkel could be next.
James Franklin, who spent much of last season hobbled by injuries, was the quarterback last season that he was in 2011. If he is healthy this year, he has the potential to be a difference-maker. We are talking about a quarterback who scored 36 touchdowns, completed 63 percent of his passes and rushed for nearly 1,000 yards his sophomore season.
By having one of the best dual-threat QBs when healthy, Pinkel is in good hands, assuming Franklin is back to his old self.