Campus Corner

Missouri’s Pinkel, Auburn’s Malzahn pose with SEC trophy

Updated: 2013-12-06T19:25:57Z

By TOD PALMER

The Kansas City Star

— The coaches for Saturday’s Southeastern Conference title game just finished a news conference in front of the championship trophy at the Georgia Dome.

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said his team hasn’t treated this week any different than the previous 12 weeks.

One of the biggest challenges, Pinkel said, was making sure that his staff did the same. When asked what his late mentor Don James would offer as advice, Pinkel said James would tell him to focus on the basics “then he would say, ‘Do what you do.’”

Missouri is in the title game in just its second year in the conference.

“We have set high goals and high standards. We knew we were coming into a great league,” Pinkel said, but he expected to be competitive in SEC.

On the topic of whether the SEC champion should play for the BCS national title, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said “All I know is we’ve got the best conference in college football.”

Missouri, ranked fifth in the BCS, kicks off against No. 3 Auburn at 3 p.m. Saturday on CBS.

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/todpalmer.

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