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Video: Missouri opens Monday’s practice with conga line

Mizzou’s pre-practice dance routine.
Mizzou’s pre-practice dance routine. Tod Palmer

Dancing Tigers have officially become a fall-camp tradition.

It started last season when position groups would perform pre-practice dances, including some particularly interesting moves from the offensive line.

The dancing returned Monday as the quarterbacks and special-teams group led Missouri onto the field with a conga line before practice.

Lee’s Summit graduate Corbin Berkstresser led the way.

Missouri started Monday's football practice with a conga line much to the delight of coach Gary Pinkel and perhaps the late Vince Lombardi.

“That was interesting,” Pinkel said. “That’s the creativity award we’re going to give to the quarterbacks. The seniors decided they wanted to do a dance before every practice, so the quarterbacks and the special teams guys were up today.”

Pinkel has been coaching for more than four decades, but said the team’s entrance was a new experience for him.

“It was real cute, and I love cuteness on the football field,” Pinkel said tongue-in-cheek. “Vince Lombardi’s got to be looking down from heaven just shaking his head. But they had a good time … and they also got to run a lot less than they normally do to go stretch. They were more excited about that than anything.”

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