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Pinkel: "No changes" to approach as SEC beckons

Posted on: March 5, 2012 2:27 pm
Edited on: March 5, 2012 2:33 pm

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

We learned recently that Missouri has plenty of changes in store for their move to the SEC--higher ticket prices, new uniforms and helmets, even fielding a national No. 1 recruit. But in terms of their practical philosophy, both on the field and on the recruiting trail, Gary Pinkel says the Tigers are going to look the same way they have since his arrival in 2001.

"What we're going to do is do what we do and recruit the same players we recruit," Pinkel said in an extensive Q&A published Sunday in the Columbia Daily-Tribune. "Our recruiting evaluation is no different than what we did in the Big 12. We have our offensive and defensive schemes, and we'll do what we do there. For us, there's really no changes there."

Pinkel did say that the team's recruiting "areas" and "infrastructure" have "changed a little bit," but he added that despite the Dorial Green-Beckham breakthrough, the Tigers are pursuing the same kinds of players they've always pursued.

"You know, Texas, Oklahoma and Nebraska and those people were pretty good teams. They've just got more of them (in the SEC)," he said. "It's still about blocking and tackling. And the good news is our program is still the same. We just do what we do."

Pinkel saved his most extensive remarks, however, for the switch on Missouri's helmet from the more traditional block M to the newer Missouri Tiger head--a move he said he's personally "gotten some emails" about in opposition to the switch. But Pinkel said it was a necessary move from a branding standpoint.

The truth is this — and it's all marketing Nike has done — but we have facts for the University of Missouri and not just football, but our brand is Mizzou and that Tiger head. When people see that Tiger head they know there's only one like that in the world. And it's ours. And there's only one Mizzou in the world. 

That being said, on ESPN you can have Oklahoma's helmet up there and our M helmet and when you flash by it, a lot of people won't know who that is. Most people if they glanced at it probably thinks it's Michigan. Even though Michigan doesn't have an M on their helmets, that's what they'd think.
The Wolverines are flattered, Gary. Of course, shifting to an emphasis on the Tiger just as you enter a league with two other sets of Tigers already might create some of the same issues. But who are we to argue with Nike's army of professional marketers?

(Seriously, we aren't going to on this one. That new helmet is an improvement and we don't doubt Pinkel at all that casual fans might mistake the Mizzou M for a Michigan one. Not every tradition has to be maintained, especially when it "only" dates to 1971. Carry on, Gary.)

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Since: Feb 27, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:10 am

Pinkel: "No changes" to approach as SEC beckons

Gotta love kU fans trying to trash talk about football.  They couldn't win the MAAC, but they're so giddy Mizzou might not be able to win the SEC.  Sorry that kicking your butts every year wasn't enough to keep us in the crappiest conference in America.  Good luck next year losing to WVU and TCU, and in 6 years to New Mexico and Idaho.

Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 4:15 am

Pinkel: "No changes" to approach as SEC beckons

I hope Mizzou has it figured out what to do with their extra money from the SEC because they sure arent going to win the SEC, they couldnt win the Big 12 either   LMAO     &
nbsp;     maybe they will donate their extra TV money from the SEC to pay for Pinkel's DUI!!

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 3:25 am

Pinkel: "No changes" to approach as SEC beckons

Hey McChuck...   The overhyped SEC is waiting.   Let get ready to rumble!

Since: Apr 24, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:46 am

Pinkel: "No changes" to approach as SEC beckons

Sure you can say you need to win a conference, or there shouldn't be a rematch. But with the current bcs system the #1 and #2 teams in the country should play eachother. So now you look and say does a OK St. team that can't edge past Iowa St. is a #2 team or a down to wire #1 vs #2 game lost from field goal and only loss. This was probably the most weirdest event to occur in the BCS system but I think the BCS got it right. Without a playoff system there it goes to 1 and 2 and OK St. is a good team but OK St. should come ready to play next time they play unranked teams.

Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:34 pm

Pinkel: "No changes" to approach as SEC beckons

I can't wait to see how Mizzou's version of the spread tests the SEC defenses.  We hear all the time how great the SEC's defenses are and how great the Big 12's spread offenses are.  Now we get to see then go head-to-head.  Add in Beckham-Green and this should be very entertaining.

This is going to be a fun year with Urban Meyer bringing some new ideas to the Big Ten and Mizzou and A&M doing the same in the SEC.  The defenses in both conferences are going to have to adjust.  Pretty exciting to see what will happen.

Since: Sep 3, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:24 pm

Pinkel: "No changes" to approach as SEC beckons

I agree you will do better than many think. It helps that you are in the East. UF is rebuilding, Tennessee is down and Uga is Uga. If you were in the West it would be a difficult road. 6 straight National Titles and you think the conference is over hyped? Maybe, but the results say a lot.....

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:05 pm

Pinkel: "No changes" to approach as SEC beckons

I agree with Musso that the Tigers will surprise a lot of people in the SEC, I'm a Mizzou fan and I believe the SEC is over hyped.  No doubt some good football teams, but 2 SEC teams should have not played for the National Champion.  I just felt like the LSU beat Alabama during the one game that would determine who would go on to the National Champion and Alabama got a do over.  What are they going to do in a playoff system, if the favorite loses, they get a do over.

Since: Mar 1, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 7:48 pm

Pinkel: "No changes" to approach as SEC beckons

Welcome to the SEC Mizzou Tigers. I believe the Tigers will perform much better than many folks believe. That 1st game with UGA will tell us a lot about both UGA and Mizzou. UGA is the best college football team in America from March until August then they have to play! Roll Tide.

Since: Apr 25, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 6:43 pm

Pinkel: "No changes" to approach as SEC beckons

Sweet helmet!

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