Gary Pinkel sat down with the voice of Mizzou Tigers, Mike Kelly, at Buffalo Wild Wings for the last time on Monday November 30, 2015 in Columbia, Missouri for Tiger Talk.

The 2015 Mizzou Football Seniors reflect back on their time at Mizzou.

All three Mizzou standouts accepted their invitations to play in Resse’s Senior Bowl

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou Football senior standouts C Evan Boehm (Lee’s Summit, Mo.), LB Kentrell Brothers (Guthrie, Okla.) and OL Connor McGovern (Fargo, N.D.) have all accepted their invitations to the 2016 Reese’s Senior Bowl, as announced Tuesday. The Reese’s Senior Bowl is slated to be played on Jan. 30, 2016, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., in the heart of SEC Country.

Boehm, Brothers and McGovern have accomplished a lot in their time at Mizzou, winning the 2013 and 2014 SEC East Division Championships and 23 games over those two seasons. Mizzou’s senior class also  was ranked among the top 25 for 21 weeks and earned wins in a pair of January bowl games (2014 Cotton Bowl, 2015 Citrus Bowl) while turning in two of Mizzou’s six seasons with 10-plus wins (12 in 2013, 11 in 2014).

Boehm, one of four senior captains for Gary Pinkel’s 2015 squad, has been the cornerstone of the Mizzou offensive line over his four seasons. He has started 51 consecutive games and 39 straight at center. His first 12 starts came at guard as a freshman. His 51 starts are a new Mizzou record. Boehm was a preseason All-SEC honoree and earned spots on the Rimington and Outland Trophy Watch Lists this season.

Brothers has blossomed into the nation’s most productive linebacker this season, leading the nation in tackling (140) and tackles per game (12.7). His 140 tackles are the seventh-best single season total at Mizzou and he is the first Tiger to break 100 tackles in back-to-back seasons since NFL First Round Draft Pick Sean Weatherspoon (2008-09). Brothers is just 24 tackles shy of the Mizzou school record (164 by Travis McDonald, 1994) and is the first Tiger under Pinkel to post six consecutive games with 10+ tackles. He has more than 10 tackles in 10 of Mizzou’s 11 games. Brothers does more than just tackle as he leads the team with two interceptions and leads the nation with three blocked kicks. He has added 9.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, two pass break-ups with a forced fumble and fumble recovery.

McGovern, much like Boehm, has been a staple across the offensive line during his career at Mizzou. He has played in 47 games over the last four years while starting 38 straight, moving to left tackle this season. Billed as the strongest guy on the team, McGovern holds several weight room records at Mizzou and is a two-time SEC Honor Roll member with a likely third coming in 2015.

Sunday, Nov. 22- 12:00 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 22- 3:05 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 22- 3:25 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 22- 7:30 p.m.

Head Football Coach Gary Pinkel held a press conference at Mizzou Arena on Monday, November 16, 2015 to discuss his recent decision to retire from coaching at the end of this season.  Friends, family and fans all gathered to support Coach Pinkel and hear more about his health, his decision to retire and the remainder of the 2015 season.

“The most important things is my players at Toledo and here at Mizzou,” Pinkel said during the press conference. “I’m going to miss interacting with them, scolding them and hugging them.”

Pinkel announced on Friday afternoon his intention to retire at the end of the season due to health reasons, shortly before his Tigers responded with an emotional 20-16 win Saturday evening over BYU in Kansas City.

“I’m so proud of them for competing like they did after being told the night before,” Pinkel said.

He will step aside as Mizzou’s winningest coach in program history, with a current win total of 118 as his Tigers will close out the 2015 home season with a Senior Night game against Tennessee at 6:15 p.m. in The ZOU.

 

Sunday, Nov. 15- 12:00 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 15- 3:05 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 15- 3:25 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 15- 7:30 p.m.

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Drew Lock threw for a career-high 244 yards and a touchdown, and Tyler Hunt added another on the ground as Mizzou notched a 20-16 win over BYU on Saturday night at Arrowhead Stadium.

The day after Head Coach Gary Pinkel announced his resignation at the end of the year, he picked up his 118th win as the head of the Tigers’ program. It also moved Pinkel’s record to 6-1 in Kansas City, where 19 current Tigers call the area home.

Mizzou (5-5) rolled to a season-high 434 yards of offense, backed by a number of key plays across the board. The Tigers scored two critical fourth-quarter touchdowns – one each through the air and the ground – to take a 20-10 lead. It started with J’Mon Moore‘s four-yard fade-route catch from Lock to cap a 13-play drive that rolled 8:09 off the clock.

On the next play from scrimmage, Marcell Frazier sacked and stripped BYU’s Tanner Mangum. Michael Scherer recovered at the Cougar 16 to set up Lock & Co. in excellent position. Six plays later, Tyler Hunt bowled in from a yard out to give the Tigers multiple touchdowns for the first time since the South Carolina game.

The Tiger defense didn’t allow BYU a first down until the final play of the first quarter. By that point, the Tiger offense had amassed 128 yards and seven first downs of their own in securing a 3-0 lead.

Kentrell Brothers continued his stellar season, notching another 11 tackles to add to his nation-leading total.

Mizzou returns to The Zou next Saturday for its final home game of the season vs. Tennessee. Tickets remain available for the 6:15 p.m. kickoff. For all the latest on Mizzou Football, follow the team on Twitter and Instagram, and like us on Facebook.

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Pinkel Will Leave as Winningest Coach in Mizzou History, 19th Alltime in NCAA History

Friday, November 13, 2015

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Head Football Coach Gary Pinkel will resign his position following the conclusion of the 2015 season, and he will remain as Mizzou’s coach through December 31, 2015, or until a new head coach is in place, as announced today by MU Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades. Pinkel informed his staff and team this evening, and will address questions following Saturday’s game against BYU at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

Pinkel and Rhoades are discussing a role that would keep him associated with Mizzou Athletics once he steps away from coaching duties.
Pinkel’s decision is health-based, as he was diagnosed in May of 2015 with lymphoma, a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer of the blood. He received multiple treatments in May and June, and after doctors indicated that the treatments wouldn’t interfere with his coaching duties, he decided that he would continue to coach the Tigers in 2015.

“I made the decision in May, after visiting with my family, that I wanted to keep coaching, as long as I felt good and had the energy I needed,” Pinkel said. “I felt great going into the season, but also knew that I would need to re-assess things at some point, and I set our bye week as the time when I would take stock of the future. After we played Vanderbilt (Oct. 24), I had a scheduled PET scan on Oct. 26th for reassessment, and then visited with my family and came to the decision on October 27th that this would be my last year coaching. I still feel good physically, but I decided that I want to focus on enjoying my remaining years with my family and friends, and also have proper time to battle the disease and give full attention to that,” he said.

“It’s been an honor working with Gary since I joined the Mizzou family,” said Rhoades. “Gary is truly a coaching legend as the winningest coach at two Division I institutions while leaving a profound impact on a countless number of young men. We are extremely appreciative of all that he has done for Mizzou. It’s tough emotionally knowing that his fight with cancer is bringing his run to an end sooner than any of us thought. I want to commend Gary with how open he’s been with me the whole time, from the first day he came to my office in May and told me about his diagnosis, all the way to now and when he met with me personally on October 28th to tell me he’d made up his mind. He’s been nothing but first class in how he’s handled the situation the whole way.”

“I want to make very clear that I’m not doing poorly, and that this is a manageable disease, but it’s one that will never go away,” Pinkel said. “So many people have bigger struggles with other forms of cancer and other serious diseases, and I feel blessed that I’ve got something I can fight and still enjoy a good quality of life. I don’t know how many years I have left, but I want to turn my focus to life outside of the daily grind of football,” he said.

“Words can’t express how grateful I am to the University of Missouri and all of the amazing people who make it up, from the administration to the students and our fans. Obviously, I’m so appreciative to all of my coaches and athletes. Leaving them makes this decision so tough, but I do so feeling good that the Mizzou Football program is in a better place than it was when we came in 15 years ago. I feel that Mizzou is a great job at a great school and has so much going for it that they’ll find an outstanding coach to move the program forward,” Pinkel said.

Pinkel, 63, transformed Mizzou into a national program after taking over on Nov. 30, 2000, and will conclude his career as the winningest coach in school history. He’s amassed a 117-71 record at Mizzou in 15 seasons, and his 190 career wins stand as the 19th-most all-time in NCAA FBS history. Under his guidance, Mizzou won five conference divisional titles (2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014), reached 10 bowl games (winning six) and had five teams post a final top-20 national ranking (including two top-five finishes). His Tigers posted winning seasons in 10-of-15 years, following a stretch where Mizzou had only two winning seasons in the 17 seasons (1984-2000) prior to his arrival. He was named the National Coach of the Year in 2007 by FieldTurf, and won conference coach of the year honors in 2007 (Big 12) and 2014 (SEC).

Two times, Pinkel likely had his Tigers one win away from playing for a national championship, as wins in the 2007 and 2013 conference championship games could have propelled MU into title game appearances. In 2007, Mizzou surged to the school’s first-ever number one national ranking since 1960 after a watershed win over rival Kansas at Arrowhead Stadium on Nov. 24, 2007, when the Tigers were ranked fourth and the Jayhawks second coming into the game. That team would eventually end the season with a school-record 12 wins that included a Cotton Bowl title and final national ranking of fourth.

Pinkel worked perhaps his finest coaching job in 2013, one year after Mizzou joined the vaunted Southeastern Conference and suffered an injury-plagued 5-7 season in 2012. Picked to finish sixth in the SEC Eastern Division by pre-season pundits, the Tigers jumped out to a 7-0 record and finished 11-1 and East Division champs. They would go on to a 12-win season, with another Cotton Bowl title, and final national ranking of fifth.

Pinkel’s emphasis on molding young men into successful student-athletes was evidenced by the great achievements they had in the classroom. Mizzou has improved its NCAA Graduation Success Rate for nine straight years, and has graduated 97 percent of its seniors the past five seasons.

Getting athletes to the next level has been another mark of success for Pinkel and his program. In his time at Mizzou, 32 Tigers were selected in the NFL Draft, including seven in the first round. Mizzou had 12 players taken in the first round of the NFL Draft in the previous 64 years combined (1937-2001) prior to Pinkel taking over.

Pinkel came to Missouri after spending 10 very successful years as head coach at Toledo (1991-2000), where he amassed an impressive 73-37-3 record and left as UT’s all-time winningest coach. Prior to becoming a head coach, Pinkel learned the trade from one of the all-time great coaches, the legendary Don James. For 12 years as an assistant under James at Washington (1979-90), Pinkel helped guide the Huskies to a combined record of 104-37-2 (73.4%) and three Pac-10 Conference titles. He served as UW’s offensive coordinator for seven seasons (1984-90), and helped mold one of the nation’s most potent offensive attacks.

Pinkel played under James at Kent State University, where he was an all-conference and honorable mention All-American tight end. He received his bachelor of science degree in education from Kent in 1973, and did post-graduate studies at Kent and Bowling Green.

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Mizzou set to unveil special Nike uniforms Saturday vs. BYU

COLUMBIA, Mo. – It all started back in 2007 when Mizzou Football wore white jerseys and gold pants as QB Chase Daniel led No. 4 Mizzou to a 36-28 victory over No. 2 Kansas at Arrowhead Stadium. That began a tradition that led to gold jerseys in 2008 and Nike Beast Mode uniforms in 2009. With Mizzou returning to Arrowhead for the first time since 2011 this Saturday against BYU, the Tigers will once again don special Nike uniforms to continue the tradition.

Prior to the season, Mizzou Assistant Athletic Director for Equipment Don Barnes came up with a uniform concept that Mizzou had never worn: a white base jersey-pant combo with black numbers and an anthracite Tiger stripe overlay  accompanied by a white helmet equipped with a chrome secondary Tiger logo and facemask. The uniform combination will also feature gloves with the anthracite Tiger stripe pattern. Sticking with tradition, Barnes and the entire Football staff decided that Arrowhead would be the perfect place to unveil the new uniform combination.  Below is a look at the history of special uniforms worn at Arrowhead.

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2007: In what was arguably the biggest game for Mizzou in the Big 12 era, Gary Pinkel and company decided to bring back a uniform combo that had been a fan favorite for years. Mizzou had not worn the gold-pant, white-jersey combo in years despite fans calling for Coach Pinkel to bring the look back. With the eyes of the nation on Arrowhead for a top-five showdown that November night in 2007, Mizzou surprised the fans with the gold pants and the rest was history. Mizzou went on to defeat Kansas, 36-28, and earn the No. 1 ranking in the country the following week.

2008: One year removed from surprising fans with the white-jersey, gold-pant look, Mizzou flipped the script and unveiled gold jerseys for the first time in years. The uniforms garnered such high praise from Mizzou fans that they were arguably the inspiration for one of the fans’ favorite current looks – gold jerseys and black pants.

2009: After the success that Mizzou Football had on the field both in 2007 and 2008, Nike chose Mizzou as one of 10 schools to wear special Pro Combat uniforms during the 2009 season. Mizzou chose to once again unveil these against Kansas at Arrowhead. Mizzou’s Pro Combat uniforms were called ‘Beast Mode’ and that moniker was embroidered on the collars of each jersey. Inspiration for the white jersey, anthracite pant and black-on-black helmet combo was the speed of a tiger and the fact that Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri is home to many of the nation’s stealth bombers. Black-on-black helmets and pants signified that speed and stealth-like nature. 

2015: Wanting to do something that had never been done at Mizzou, Barnes and his staff chose to go with this year’s look. As detailed above, the white-jersey, white-pant look is accompanied by a helmet with a chrome secondary Tiger logo and chrome face masks. The jerseys feature black numbers with an anthracite Tiger stripe overlay outlined in chrome.

The Whiteout set for Saturday is one of four uniform themes Mizzou put into place for the season, including the Tigers Stripe (now in its second season) and the annual #GoldRush and #Blackout games. The monochromatic uniform look will also be featured during Mizzou’s game vs. Tennessee next Saturday (Nov. 21) at Memorial Stadium. As in year’s past, the final home game of the season will serve as the team’s #Blackout game in which the Tigers will don all-black uniforms. The complete uniform combination for that game will be released Friday, Nov. 20.

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