Gary Pinkel has won 90 games in 12 seasons as the head coach at Missouri. He’s four wins away from passing Dan Devine for the second most wins in school history, and a dozen victories away from the school record. His 48 wins from 2007-11 were the ninth-most in college football during that span. His seven straight bowl appearances from 2005-11 are a school record. He won a national coach of the year award in 2007 while taking the Tigers to within one win of playing for a national championship.
In spite of all this, some out there want him gone. Not his celebrity fans, though.
“I think stability in coaching is very important,” says ESPN anchor Linda Cohn. “There is forward progress, and the developmen of players is taking place at Mizzou. It’s easy for a fan, and that’s why they call us fans, to think the grass is always greener somewhere else. That we should bring in this guy or that this program has this guy, we get kind of full of ourselves thinking we’re all that, but there’s something to be said of a stable force. And I think he’s doing a fine job.”
“I think he’s a guy that comes in and has a plan and wants to stick to it, wants to recruit to that particular plan and he runs an offense that a lot of people find awfully hard to contain,” echoed Mad Men star and Missouri alum Jon Hamm.
Those quotes are taken from the teaser video from Mizzou’s latest online venture – GaryPinkel.com. When the site officially launches on July 22, Pinkel will join Nick Saban, Les Miles and Will Muschamp as SEC coaches with their own sites.
GaryPinkel.com will aim to take Mizzou fans behind the curtain of their favorite program, with Google hangouts featuring Pinkel, coach and player interviews, photo and video galleries and team news.