Posted on: November 18, 2011 2:13 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2011 2:13 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel was in a Boone County circuit courtroom on Friday morning where he pleaded guilty to the Class B misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated. Pinkel was given a 30-day suspended sentence in Boone County Jail but will instead serve two years of unsupervised probation.
Pinkel was charged with the DWI on Wednesday night after driving home from a dinner with some friends.
He is currently serving a one week suspension without pay from Missouri, and will not be with the team when it faces Texas Tech on Saturday. He will return to his coaching duties on Thursday in time to coach the Tigers in their regular season finale against Kansas.
Posted on: November 18, 2011 12:15 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2011 12:16 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
If bowl games actually followed their conference affiliations the way they're drawn up, then at the moment there isn't much question that Kansas State would be on its way to the Cotton Bowl since Oklahoma State is currently in position to play for the BCS title and Oklahoma is likely to end up at the Fiesta Bowl. Of course, bowl games don't actually work that way and look at a whole bunch of other factors besides where a team finished in the standings.
So while Kansas State is in position to end up in the Cotton Bowl, the bowl game has its eyes on other Big 12 schools as well. Including Texas. Though according to the Cotton Bowl's President Rick Baker, the Longhorns won't be going to Dallas if they lose to Kansas State again on Saturday.
"If Kansas State beats Texas, then Texas will most likely fall off our radar screen," Baker told GoPowercat.com. "I think they'll probably drop from the rankings, too.
"If Texas beat Kansas State, Kansas State could still end up 9-3 and Texas could lose their last two and end up 7-5. If Kansas State wins, it eliminates Texas, but if Texas wins, we'll still have to wait."
Last season the Cotton Bowl chose Texas A&M over Missouri even though the Tigers finished ahead of the Aggies in the Big 12. Baker said the selection was because A&M had won 6 in a row and it had the opportunity to match them up with rival LSU. This year Baker says the Cotton Bowl is looking at Kansas State, Texas and Baylor from the Big 12, and Arkansas, Georgia and South Carolina from the SEC.
Posted on: November 17, 2011 4:11 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Man vs. Woman vs. Machine is a feature that runs every Thursday afternoon. It is here that Tom Fornelli fights against the rising tide of female empowerment and technology to ensure that men everywhere can at least claim that college football is still theirs. He does this by picking a set of games against the spread against his girlfriend, Lynn, and his Playstation 3.
I was able to make up some ground against Woman last week, though not nearly as much as I had hoped to as we're approaching the finish line here and I don't have a lot of time. Unfortunately, this week I won't gain any ground at all. It took 12 weeks for it to happen, but for the first time, Woman and Man have the same picks in all 10 games this week.
Is it a coincidence? Probably, as we both hand over our picks to each other at the same time to assure there's no foul play. Still, is there a chance that she infiltrated my mind using female powers in an attempt to extract my picks and make sure she made the same ones so I couldn't pick up any games on her? I'm not ruling it out. Science is yet to scratch the surface of women's intuition, so we can't be sure what their full powers are.
What this means is that this will be the week that Machine either gets all the way back into the game or falls out of the race, as it does not agree with us on a few games. So without further ado, let's get to the picks.
Virginia Tech (-10 1/2) vs. North Carolina - Thursday, 8pm (All times Eastern)Man - I'm not sure how North Carolina went from scoring 49 points and beating Wake Forest to being shut out by N.C. State, but that's not the kind of thing that makes me want to put any faith in the Tar Heels. So even though I'm not completely sold on the Hokies yet, I'm still going with Tech. Pick: Virginia Tech
Woman - "The Hokies beat Georgia Tech by 11 points on the road last week, so I don't think the Tar Heels will pose much of a problem at home." Pick: Virginia Tech
Machine - The Machine makes this one a clean sweep as it doesn't see the Tar Heels doing all that much to make this one interesting late, as the Hokies win 31-16. Pick: Virginia Tech
Michigan (-3 1/2) vs. Nebraska - Saturday, 12pmMan - This is an incredibly important game for both teams and their chances to play in the first Big Ten Championship, and though at times Michigan does some things on offense that make me shake my head, I'm going to go with the homefield advantage in this one. Though it'll be fun to see Denard Robinson and Taylor Martinez facing off to see who can miss their receivers by more. Pick: Michigan
Woman - "In an alternate Star Trekian universe, did you know the Cornhusker receivers morph into a Taiwanese father?" Pick: Michigan
Machine - The Machine foretells of Michigan falling out of the Big Ten Legends race when the Cornhuskers come to Ann Arbor and beat the Wolverines 27-24. Pick: Nebraska
Illinois vs. Wisconsin (-14 1/2) - Saturday, 12pmMan - Let's see, an Illinois team in a free fall that will probably hear news of their head coach being fired soon, or a Wisconsin team that's lost on two Hail Marys and has dominated just about everybody else. Such a tough decision! Pick: Wisconsin
Woman - "Three weeks ago, Illinois lost to Purdue 21-14. One week later, Wisconsin beat Purdue 62-17. Maybe the Badgers will get Zook'ed but I doubt it." Pick: Wisconsin
Machine - The Machine thinks that this game will be closer than most expect given what we've seen from Illinois over the last month, but Wisconsin still prevails 37-28. Pick: Illinois
N.C. State vs. Clemson (-7 1/2) - Saturday, 3:30pmMan - Honestly, if there was ever going to be a game that Clemson goes all Clemson on us and pees down its own leg, this would be it, wouldn't it? Still, I don't think that's going to happen as there's just way too much talent on this team. Pick: Clemson
Woman - "With the ACC Atlantic Division clinched and a match-up against rival South Carolina looming, many assume Clemson won't be focused. But coach Dabo Swinney will remind his team its pride is at stake, especially since N.C. State played a better game against Georgia Tech than the Tigers did." Pick: Clemson
Machine - The Wolfpack is going to get blown out in Raleigh this week, as The Machine sees Clemson winning this game 41-17. Pick: Clemson
Ohio State (-6 1/2) vs. Penn State - Saturday, 3:30pmMan - Listen, before all of the terrible news to come out of Happy Valley surfaced, there was another secret about the Penn State football team that nobody seemed to realize. It's just not that good. Ohio State hasn't been great this season, either, but I don't think that will matter all that much on Saturday. Pick: Ohio State
Woman - "Two teams fractured due to very different circumstances. Feels like a coin flip - going with home field advantage." Pick: Ohio State
Machine - It's unanimous, as Dan Herron rushes for 187 yards and 3 scores against this Penn State defense to give Ohio State a 24-13 win and further muddy up the Leaders Division. Pick: Ohio State
Arkansas (-13 1/2) vs. Mississippi State - Saturday, 3:30pmMan - Here's a list of SEC West teams not named Ole Miss that Dan Mullen has beaten since taking over at Mississippi State: none. So until that changes I'm not picking Mississippi State to even cover. Pick: Arkansas
Woman - "Over the last two weeks, the Razorbacks have gone on an SEC scoring spree, putting 44 and 49 points on the board against South Carolina and Tennessee, respectively. The most points Mississippi State has put up against a ranked team this season was 24. Fear the inexplicably adorable, calorically challenged Tusk." Pick: Arkansas
Machine - Arkansas keeps its SEC Championship and BCS hopes alive in a relatively easy 49-34 win over the Bulldogs. Pick: Arkansas
Baylor vs. Oklahoma (-14 1/2) - Saturday, 8pmMan - Baylor has not had its best games of the season against the strongest teams in the Big 12 this season, which initially had me leaning toward the Sooners. What changed that, however, was that I'm not sure what this Oklahoma offense will look like without Ryan Broyles and Dominique Whaley, and that those Baylor losses all came on the road. I don't know that Baylor wins this outright, but I think it's going to be a close game. Pick: Baylor
Woman - "Robert Griffin III's sizzle is oh-so-mesmerizing but let's focus on facts. The Bears have scored an average of 36 points a game this season - the Sooners, an average of 45 points. So, Okies win but don't cover." Pick: Baylor
Machine - The Machine is not worried about the absence of Ryan Broyles, for it believes in Kenny Stills and sees him catching 10 passes for 184 yards and 2 touchdowns. Oklahoma wins 41-24. Pick: Oklahoma
Texas (-9 1/2) vs. Kansas State - Saturday, 8pmMan - You want this spread explained? No problem. There's no way Vegas is going to get any action on the Kansas State side if it lists the Wildcats as a favorite. People would just jump on Texas and the points not realizing that Kansas State beat Texas 39-14 last season in what was Collin Klein's coming out party. Now Klein is taking every snap and the Longhorns are decimated by injuries in the backfield. Pick: Kansas State
Woman - "I'm not sure what Texas has done to deserve this spread, especially with last week's pantsing by Missouri." Pick: Kansas State
Machine - The Machine just really does not like Kansas State. Week after week it picks against it, and that doesn't change now. Texas wins 31-20. Pick: Texas
Oregon (-14 1/2) vs. USC - Saturday, 8pmMan - USC has played in close games all season, which made me want to take the Trojans and the points this week but with Robert Woods' status in question at the moment, I'm not as comfortable with the Trojans in Eugene. So I'm going to roll with Oregon, though I wouldn't be shocked if USC keeps it close or even wins outright. Pick: Oregon
Woman - "In these closing weeks, the Trojans are coming on strong but against the Oregon juggernaut, I'd suggest they just duck and cover. (By the way, after watching the Arkansas version above, who'd have guessed USC has its own inexplicably adorable, calorically challenged version of Tusk? Hey, us Americans, we're not so different after all!)" Pick: Oregon
Machine - Go ahead and hand Oregon its Pac-12 title. The Ducks stomp the Trojans 52-21. Pick: Oregon
Stanford (-19.5) vs. Cal - Saturday, 10:15pmMan - Last week was the first time Stanford didn't cover a spread since last season, but that's not going to deter me from picking the Cardinal once again. The main reason for this being that Cal is not Oregon. Pick: Stanford
Woman - "Speaking of animal mascots, if affluent Stanford ever choses one, it should be a NSFW hip-hop horse that kicks butt. Specifically, Cal's butt." Pick: Stanford
Machine - The Machine sees Stanford winning this game rather easily, but a late fourth quarter touchdown by Cal kills the cover. Stanford wins 42-24. Pick: Cal
StandingsSeason Record (Last Week)
1. Woman 65-50 (4-6)
2. Man 63-52 (5-5)
3. Machine 61-54 (5-5)
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Posted on: November 17, 2011 1:20 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2011 7:13 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Following his arrest on Wednesday night for suspicion of DWI, I wrote that Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel should not allow himself to coach his team against Texas Tech on Saturday. My reasoning for this was that it was only fair that a head coach who had suspended players for two games earlier this season for the same offense he committed be held to the same standards.
Well, according to our Missouri Rapid Reporter Dave Matter, that's exactly what Missouri is going to do.
Matter reports that Pinkel has been suspended for a week, including Saturday's game against Texas Tech, without pay. He'll be allowed to return to coaching on Thursday next week before Missouri's game against Kansas.
Defensive coordinator Dave Steckel will fill in as head coach in Pinkel's absence.
Matter also reports that Pinkel's weekly salary will be donated to the MU Wellness Resource Center, and that he will not receive a bowl bonus or social responsibility bonus this season. His salary will also be frozen for a year.
Athletic director Mike Alden also warned that any other arrests like this could result in Pinkel's termination.
"This has been an isolated incident and we do not expect any further issues such as this with coach Pinkel. But if in fact anything like that would ever happen again in the future, then further disciplinary action would be necessary in the future, up to and including termination," said Alden on Thursday evening.
Posted on: November 17, 2011 12:02 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2011 12:03 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel was arrested for drunk driving on Wednesday night, and now his future at Missouri is in question. Whether or not he survives this mistake in Columbia is up to the school, and we can't be sure how Missouri athletic director Mike Alden will respond. Though we do know Alden is taking this seriously.
"We hold ourselves to very high standards, and this is a very serious breach of those responsibilities," said Alden in a statement on the arrest Thursday. "We are gathering facts and will take action appropriately, and when those actions are determined, we will communicate them publicly.”
While he waits to find out what the school will do, I know what Pinkel should do. He should not allow himself to be on the sideline on Saturday against Texas Tech. Consider it a self-suspension.
Earlier this season linebacker Will Ebner and tight end Beau Brinkley were both suspended the first two games of the year after each was arrested for DWI over the summer.
Isn't it only fair that the man who handed down those suspensions to his players hold himself to the same standard?
Gary Pinkel had a spotless record at Missouri before this incident, and has been a great leader of the program, but that shouldn't excuse him from the same standard of behavior he's held his players to. In fact, that's exactly why not coaching this weekend would be the right thing for Pinkel to do.
"I have already met with our staff and communicated with our players and have apologized to them. I accept full responsibility for my actions and will abide by whatever course of action our leadership deems appropriate," said Pinkel in his statement.
Accepting full responsibility should start this Saturday, coach.
Posted on: November 17, 2011 10:03 am
Edited on: November 17, 2011 11:24 am
Posted by Chip Patterson
Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving Wednesday night, according to local authorities.
Records show that Boone County sheriff deputies pulled Pinkel over for lane and signal violations around 10 p.m., the sheriff's department reportedly said the Tigers' head coach was cooperative with authorities. This incident was Pinkel's first offense, and he was released after posting a $500 bond.
“Last night after practice, I met some friends for dinner," Pinkel explained in a prepared statement. "After dinner, I was stopped by a Boone County officer and received a citation for impaired driving. First and foremost, I am very disappointed in myself for my lack of judgment in this instance. Nobody should drink and drive, including me. My staff and I constantly reinforce with each of our players the importance of not putting yourself into a position such as this.
"I did not follow that here and for that, I sincerely apologize to the University of Missouri, to our administration, to the Board of Curators and to our fans. I have already met with our staff and communicated with our players and have apologized to them. I accept full responsibility for my actions and will abide by whatever course of action our leadership deems appropriate.”
“We are extremely disappointed in Gary’s lack of judgment. He is known as a man of great character and integrity," athletic director Mike Alden added. "However, this absolutely goes against everything we stand for, and everything that he teaches his players in regards to our social responsibilities. We hold ourselves to very high standards, and this is a very serious breach of those responsibilities. We are gathering facts and will take action appropriately, and when those actions are determined, we will communicate them publicly.”
Missouri faces Texas Tech on Saturday in Columbia, with hopes of building on their 17-5 against Texas last week. The Tigers haven't won back-to-back games all season, but have the chance to finish strong with Texas Tech and Kansas left on the schedule.
A win over the Red Raiders would pull Missouri to 4-4 in the conference and make them bowl eligible. The challenge for Pinkel to lead Missouri to the postseason will require overcoming this off-field distraction, as well as the loss of leading rusher Henry Josey (knee) for the rest of the season.
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Posted on: November 16, 2011 8:33 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2011 8:35 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
2012 will mark the end of several historic rivalries (Texas-Texas A&M and Missouri-Kansas to name a few) due to conference realignment and while the school shuffling won't end any of the Pac-12's longstanding rivalry games, it might force a few of them to move to a different date on the calendar.
According to a report in the San Jose Mercury News, games such as the Civil War between Oregon and Oregon State and the Big Game between Stanford and California could be moved from their traditional late November dates to earlier in the month or even October.
“Given the complexities of the scheduling,” Pac-12 deputy commissioner Kevin Weiberg told Jon Wilner, “we can’t commit to having the rivalry games stay on Thanksgiving week or the weekend before Thanksgiving.”
Obviously the league office is going to try to be as accommodating as possible and will look to minimize the scheduling issues but with the new Pac-12 media deal with ESPN/Fox starting next year and the launch of the Pac-12 Network, it's likely that not every game will be able to stay in its traditional spot on the schedule. The report notes that the number of Saturdays in the month of November will likely determine how many and which games move. Sources told Wilner that the Bay Area game is the most likely to be moved next season.
One of the best things about football in the conference formerly known as the Pac-10 was that each school had a natural rival in the state that made for a continent travel partner. The move to the Pac-12 will fill the coffers every athletic department but if there's a price to be paid, it's that they might have an earlier than usual rivalry game.
It might be disruptive to a few and upsetting for some fans but looks like something that nobody can do anything about.
Posted on: November 16, 2011 12:44 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2011 12:44 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
The injury that Missouri running back Henry Josey suffered on Saturday against Texas was terrible enough on its own. Josey suffered a torn MCL, torn ACL and a ruptured patellar tendon in his left knee, which ended his season. The injury also had Josey under the knife on Sunday as doctors began the process of trying to repair it, and the doctor who performed the surgery said some words that no athlete would ever want to hear.
"It's a tragic fluke, a one-in-a-million type of injury, and, unfortunately, to a guy who is so gifted with speed and mobility and agility," said Dr. Pat Smith, Josey's surgeon. "You don't see this. In 26 years, I've never seen this."
"Certainly, this is going to be a real challenge. We don't have a blueprint for saying, 'Oh, these three guys had this.' I don't know of anybody who's had it."
You never want to be the first guy to suffer the injury. You want to be the guy having Tommy John surgery in 2011, not Tommy John himself. If there's any good news for Josey it's that Smith is the same doctor who worked on Jeremy Maclin's knee a few years ago, and Maclin recovered fully and is now playing for the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL.
Still, Maclin's injuries weren't this bad.
Making matters even worse, while we know Josey's 2011 season is over, the chance he'll miss 2012 exists as well. Josey may have had surgery on Sunday, but that was just to repair the MCL, meniscus and patellar tendon. Josey can't have surgery to repair his ACL for at least another three months, which would be February. Which means there's no way he'll be participating in spring practice, and it puts his 2012 season in jeopardy.