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MU coach Gary Pinkel makes interview rounds at ESPN

Updated: 2013-07-23T01:49:19Z

By TEREZ A. PAYLOR

The Kansas City Star

— Missouri coach Gary Pinkel was one of eight Southeastern Conference coaches who traveled to Bristol, Conn., and went through ESPN’s “Car Wash,” appearances on multiple network programs and platforms during a five-hour period.

Included in that tour were, most notably, a podcast appearance with Ivan Maisel, a brief chat with fans and appearances on ESPN’s “College GameDay”, “College Football Live” and “SportsCenter.”

Pinkel mostly rehashed many of the same topics he discussed during SEC Media Days last week, which included the health of quarterback James Franklin and his decision to run a lighter preseason camp this August.

But Pinkel did speak about the latter a little more during his 10-minute podcast appearance with Maisel. Here are the highlights:

• On the decision to run a lighter camp in the wake of all the injuries MU has suffered the last two seasons:

“The most important thing is that I want to put a football team out there that’s our team and our team in its entirety. I’m into recovery, the more I read the importance of (it). Are we still going to be a tough football team? This won’t impact that at all.”

• When asked if it was a hard decision, given his old-school background:

“After the last two years, no (laugh). We will be ready to play. We will still be tough, we will still be physical.

“It’s not (done) to make things easier. Certainly our practices are very intense … that’s my Don James background. We will practice at a very high level and intensity, yet make of these adjustments (and) hopefully make them work in our advantage.”

• When asked if he’s talked to Coach James since he made the decision to cut back on practice:

“I haven’t done that yet (laugh). He’s probably going to read about it and I’m going to get a phone call.

“You can’t be afraid to make decisions that you think can really help. (You have) to have the courage to do it.”

• On the state of the quarterback competition:

“James (Franklin) is back, he’s competing. Maty Mauk is the backup right now. They’re competing. James right now is the starter (heading into) August.”

• On sophomore receiver Dorial Green-Beckham:

“He’s a lot different player than he was coming straight out of high school. There’s not too many athletes that are running in the 4.3s (in the 40-yard dash) that are 6-6 and weigh 225 (pounds). And he’s a good kid with a good work ethic and he’s humble. You add those other ingredients with (him being) a great athlete … those kind of guys can achieve greatness.”

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/TerezPaylor.

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