Tag:Gary Pinkel
Posted on: October 18, 2010 1:35 pm
Edited on: October 18, 2010 1:36 pm

Mizzou linebacker to miss Oklahoma game

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Missouri is currently ranked 11th in the first BCS standings of the season and is getting ready for their biggest test of the year when the top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners come to town on Saturday.  If the Tigers can pull off an upset of Oklahoma and improve to 7-0, that's when skeptics like me will wake up and say, "Okay!  This team is legit."

Of course, knocking off Oklahoma won't be easy, and that task got a bit harder with the news that starting linebacker Luke Lambert is going to miss the game -- along with the Nebraska game in two weeks -- with a sprained knee he suffered in the win over Texas A&M.  

"He’s really playing well," said head coach Gary Pinkel. "He actually played through it in the fourth quarter. He’s had a tough road here. He’s had his share of injuries. But he’ll battle back and we’ll get him back, hopefully, in a couple of weeks."

The senior co-captain missed three games earlier this season thanks to a hamstring injury he suffered in the opener against Illinois.

There is some possible good news for the Tigers, however, as they may get another injured starter on defense back on Saturday.  Defensive end Aldon Smith has been cleared to play after fracturing his right tibula against San Diego State on September 18.  Though that doesn't mean he's going to be on the field against Oklahoma.

Smith, who led the Tigers in sacks last season, is not on the depth chart yet and Pinkel said how Smith performs in practice this week will go a long way in determining whether he plays or not.  Pinkel also said that the final decision will come from Smith and the school's medical staff.  Having him on the field would be a big help in trying to stop an Oklahoma offense that is averaging 303 yards a game through the air, the 12th-best passing attack in the country.

Posted on: October 4, 2010 12:54 pm

Mizzou DL busted with beer in car

Posted by Tom Fornelli

You should never drink and drive.  Seriously, it's just not smart.  You could end up hurting yourself or anybody who happens to come across your hazy path.  Of course, I know that saying that isn't going to stop people from driving drunk because let's face it, when we're drunk, we make dumb decisions.

So if you are going to drive drunk, here's a little bit of advice.  If you end up getting pulled over by the police, try not to have an open beer in your car with you.  It just looks bad.

Missouri defensive lineman Jimmy Burge was cited for drinking a beer while driving Saturday night in Columbia. Burge, 21, the Tigers’ top reserve defensive tackle, was pulled over by Columbia police at 11:45 p.m. after he made an illegal left turn from Clark Lane to Paris Road. He appeared intoxicated and smelled of alcohol, according to the police report.

An open cold beer was found in his truck, and according to the report, Burge did not perform well when administered a field sobriety test. There were no passengers in his truck.

Was the beer at least wearing a seat belt?

Burge was taken to the Columbia Police Department where he took a blood-alcohol content test and was actually found to be below the legal limit.  So instead of getting a DUI Burge was charged for two misdemeanors: drinking intoxicants while driving and making an illegal turn.  It doesn't seem he'll be so lucky with his head coach, Gary Pinkel, though. 

While the team hasn't announced any disciplinary actions resulting from Burge's arrest, he is the team's backup defensive tackle, but as of Monday morning he does not appear on the team's depth chart for this week.
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