As the dominoes continue to fall in an offseason filled with high-profile vacancies, the main debate regarding the Missouri head football coaching job seems to be whether to promote defensive coordinator Barry Odom or to look outside the program.
Missouri’s hopes of a bowl bid aren’t dead yet.
Gary Pinkel held his tears in check this time, even doing his best to show a sense of humor following Missouri’s regular season-ending 28-3 loss Friday to Arkansas.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Alex Collins ran for 130 yards and three touchdowns as Arkansas secured its first winning record in the Southeastern Conference since 2011 with a 28-3 win Friday against Missouri.
COLUMBIA — Last year, when the Missouri football team played Arkansas in a regular-season finale, it did so hoping to punch a ticket to a postseason game. This year, the same is true. That’s about all that hasn’t changed.
COLUMBIA — At the beginning of the year, it looked as if the only thing that could stop Missouri kicker Andrew Baggett from setting the school scoring record was an injury. Or maybe a bad year.
KANSAS CITY— Tre Demps and Bryant McIntosh scored 13 points apiece, and Northwestern survived after blowing most of a 20-point first-half lead for a 67-62 victory Tuesday night against Missouri in the third-place game of the CBE Classic.
Kansas State still views Missouri as one of its rivals, even though the two schools separated by a long drive down Interstate 70 haven’t been members of the same league for years.
Missouri’s game Saturday was positioned to be a night to remember for Gary Pinkel. It quickly became one he and the Tigers would like to forget.
College football players often operate in a separate hemisphere from their non-athlete counterparts. With a rigid schedule and their own set of facilities, athletes’ collegiate experiences are far from the norm.
For most teams, the days leading into a storied coach’s final home game would be ripe for distraction. For Missouri, they’ve been practically dull.
COLUMBIA — The Missouri defense has carried most of the team’s weight this football season, limiting opponents to 14.7 points per game — fifth in the country. The Missouri offense repaid a bit of the favor Saturday.
On Nov. 18, 2000, Larry Smith was fired as Missouri’s head football coach after a 28-24 loss that day to Kansas State. On Nov. 18, 2015, director of athletics Mack Rhoades met with media to discuss Missouri football’s first head-coaching search since then, brought on by the resignation of Smith’s successor Gary Pinkel, who just so happened to win more games than any coach in program history.
Per tradition, Evan Boehm will take a rock from Memorial Stadium after his final home game Saturday against Tennessee. He will also take a Missouri record with him.
It was a fitting backdrop.