Columbia — During his weekly SEC conference call with the media on Wednesday, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel reiterated that junior defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson’s comments about Georgia last week were not OK.
By TEREZ A. PAYLOR
The Kansas City Star
“What Sheldon did was wrong and irresponsible and that doesn’t happen here,” Pinkel said. “We don't do that here at Missouri.”
After Missouri’s 62-10 win over Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday, Richardson told reporters that he turned off Georgia’s game earlier in the day, calling it “old-man football.”
On Monday, Pinkel said he spoke to Richardson – who was not allowed to speak to reporters this week – about his comments. His teammates, however, backed Richardson up, saying his comments stemmed from a desire to prove themselves in a new conference, rather than a lack of respect for Georgia.
“No matter what he says, I know he respects their team,” said senior linebacker Will Ebner. “We know they are going to use it as motivation…to us, we’re not making a big deal out of it.
“A lot of that coming from Sheldon, he’s just excited,” Ebner said. “He’s ready to play.”
Senior receiver T.J. Moe was also vocal about Missouri’s desire to prove itself during this summer’s SEC Media Days.
“If they watched any of our SEC Media Day, then they have a full (bulletin) board already,” Moe said with a laugh. “I don’t know if there’s room for Sheldon.”
Moe then turned serious.
“If you need somebody to say something for you to play any harder, then you’re probably not playing the game right,” Moe said.
*During the call, Pinkel reiterated his belief that Saturday’s game is a big one, though he later added that there’s still 10 more games to play after this one.
“People are putting a lot into this game,” Pinkel said. “Much more than I am.”
*Pinkel had no update on injured guard Jack Meiners, who is still questionable with a sprained knee. Pinkel has indicated that he’s hopeful Meiners would return by Saturday.
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