COLUMBIA — Missouri coach Gary Pinkel was one of eight Southeastern Conference coaches who traveled to Bristol, Conn., and went through ESPNs Car Wash, appearances on multiple network programs and platforms during a five-hour period.
By TEREZ A. PAYLOR
The Kansas City Star
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 thats our team and our team in its entirety. Im into recovery, the more I read the importance of (it). Are we still going to be a tough football team? This wont 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.
Its not (done) to make things easier. Certainly our practices are very intense thats 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 hes talked to Coach James since he made the decision to cut back on practice:
I havent done that yet (laugh). Hes probably going to read about it and Im going to get a phone call.
You cant 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, hes competing. Maty Mauk is the backup right now. Theyre competing. James right now is the starter (heading into) August.
• On sophomore receiver Dorial Green-Beckham:
Hes a lot different player than he was coming straight out of high school. Theres 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 hes a good kid with a good work ethic and hes humble. You add those other ingredients with (him being) a great athlete those kind of guys can achieve greatness.