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Missouri’s Gary Pinkel praises Mike Slive, talks about 2015 Thursday night game

Missouri Tigers head coach Gary Pinkel says he doesn’t mind playing a Thursday night game every couple of years.
Missouri Tigers head coach Gary Pinkel says he doesn’t mind playing a Thursday night game every couple of years. The Kansas City Star

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel had kind words for outgoing SEC commissioner Mike Slive on Wednesday during his weekly teleconference.

The conference announced Tuesday that Slive would retire effective July 31, 2015, and was battling a recurrence of prostate cancer.

“Remarkably impressed by him,” Pinkel said. “I’ve been a head coach 24 years and now three leagues and been around commissioners. There’s some very good ones out there, but his ability to deal with head coaches and his vision and management style is remarkably impressive in the three years I’ve been around him.

“He’s just a model for management and leadership in my opinion. He set such a great standard here. It will be a loss for certainly this league and we wish him the best certainly with what he’s going through.”

Pinkel also was asked about his thoughts on playing a Thursday night game next season against Mississippi State on Nov. 5 at Memorial Stadium.

“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it once every couple years,” Pinkel said. “We haven’t had too many here, but I think they’re kind of fun and unique.”

Missouri last played an ESPN Thursday night game in 2009 against Nebraska.

“I wouldn’t want to do it all the time, but every few years it’s pretty positive, and obviously you’ve got the national stage, too, just like Monday Night Football,” Pinkel said.

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