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Gary Pinkel Returning To Mizzou in 2013; What Would You Fix?

The Tigers' coach will look to return the team to bowl-caliber form next season.

The Columbia Daily Tribune is reporting that University of Missouri Head Football Coach Gary Pinkel will return to the Tiger sidelines in 2013. After an injury-riddled season that robbed the team of a consistent offensive line and quarterback play in Mizzou's 5-7 first season in the Southeastern Conference, Athletic Director Mike Alden told the paper Pinkel would return next fall.

The Tigers will not play in a postseason bowl game for the first time since 2004.

Pinkel is scheduled to review the 2012 season and look ahead to next season with reporters Tuesday morning after a flurry of uninformed speculation had rumors flying Monday that he would resign.

Keeping the current Tiger coaching staff has implications for several St. Louis area senior prep standouts who have pledged to play in Columbia next fall, including CBC's Aarion Penton, Rockwood Summit's Eric Beisel, Francis Howell's Harneet Gill, Fort Zumwalt South's Chase Abbington and Maplewood's Antar Thompson. Players cannot sign binding letters of intent until February.

De Smet's Andy Bauer, a junior offensive lineman, and one of the state's top recruits in next year's class, is still considering the Tigers after making a verbal pledge last spring and re-opening his recruitment. Bauer was a guest at the University of Alabama this weekend.

So now that we know Coach Pinkel is staying, what would you suggest be done to get the Tigers bowling again?

Ken Bentlage November 27, 2012 at 01:55 PM
I think that Pinkel has earned the benefit of revamping the team. I think that he needs to replace Yost as Offensive Coordinator and put someone in who can run a combination of a traditional offense with some aspects of the spread. The offense needs to spend more time on the field. There were too many times where the defense was tired in the 4th quarter due to their being on the field too long.
Trevor Clapp November 28, 2012 at 04:37 PM
I agree with Ken. Maybe Yost has too much on his plate. Maybe Gary could take over or do more play calling. He was the OC at Washington for many years so I am sure that he still knows how to attack defenses. I only assume he is not doing this already sense the spread was not his scheme. Maybe he is already involved more but if he is then I agree switch it up a bit. I noticed we did some traditional schemes this year and I thought they worked. I would need to go back and see. Is it possible to get a copy of all the games films?
Trevor Clapp November 28, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I also understand that this is hard to do with a botched up o line but if your line is botched up you need more blocking anyway don't you? I am no football coach by any means but feel from going to the games that our offense takes a long time to develop and that seems odd for a spread and o line just wasn't suited for that. Also it seemed like the defenses playing against our offense, 70% of the time knew what we were calling. Is this due to having practice wide open, or did we call predictable plays. It would be interesting to know how many different plays we ran. Just curious take what I say with a grain of salt. I am no coach nor have I played one on TV.

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