Gary Pinkel: Edgy Mizzou Football Coach Will Be a Winner in the SEC

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Gary Pinkel: Edgy Mizzou Football Coach Will Be a Winner in the SEC
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Mizzou's Gary Pinkel has overcome countless obstacles while at Mizzou. Finding a way to win in the SEC will be no different.

As Mizzou head football coach Gary Pinkel celebrated his team's victory against Indiana this past Saturday, he quietly moved into a tie with former coach Dan Devine for all-time wins as coach of the Tigers.

But don't try to get Pinkel to get caught up in the moment.

“I don’t ever, ever think about that stuff,” Pinkel said, per the Kansas City Star. “I just don’t ever do that. I’m the coach here and I want to stay the coach here and keep winning and fulfill the responsibility I had when I took this job.”

True that Devine was able to accomplish the feat in fewer games, but what Pinkel has done with Missouri is one of the great unsung feats of college football in the 2000s.

Two winning seasons in the past 18 years was what Pinkel took over when he succeeded Larry Smith. But now with players from Mizzou flooding into the NFL, recruits are seeing Missouri as a hot destination to up their chances of going pro.

How has it all happened?  How exactly did Pinkel steer the ship back on course?

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