The Missouri Tigers went a deflating 5-7 in their first year in the SEC, dealing with injuries en masse for the second straight year. Coach Gary Pinkel has been at Mizzou for a long time (11 seasons now), so it makes sense his status would spark a little bit of speculation.
For the time being, though, an apparently rampant rumor that Pinkel will step down next week appears to be nothing but speculation, based on the reporting of some informed gentlemen:
On his TV show today, Pinkel: coaches will now focus on recruiting & program evaluation. "Monday morning we'll start working for next year"— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) November 26, 2012
For all asking, yes I've heard the rumors Pinkel will resign on Monday, no I don't see any reason to put stock in them.— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) November 25, 2012
Reason I don't think it is true…b/c one of his assistants just told me "I'm headed on the road recruiting. Would be shocking to me."— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) November 26, 2012
Pinkel could indeed be on the hot seat next year, and there's no reason he couldn't walk away right now. But at this point, there's nothing solid to go on that would lead us to conclude he's leaving.
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