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Football fans are caught today between loyalty to the Black and Gold and Coach Gary Pinkel’s shocking remarks at Southeastern Conference Media Day in Hoover, Alabama. It’s obvious no one briefed Pinkel on the damning report by former FBI honcho Louis Freeh about the late Penn State Coach Joe Paterno’s complicity in covering up former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s serial pedophilia. Pinkel’s quotes: “…you can’t take away the greatness of this man… He was a great man. However you analyze this, you can’t erase all that this guy’s done. You can’t do that. Nobody can do that…” Pinkel went on to blame the press. “I think when you come out of such a tragic situation, certainly involving children and the magnitude of this in our country from a media standpoint, I anticipated really what happened. I anticipated that they would do this. You’re not going to sit back there and say, ‘Well, just things happen.’ You’re not going to do that. They’re going to be firing, and people, they’re going to make statements and they’re going to point fingers…” Then Pinkel concluded: “It’s so easy in hindsight to go back there and say what it is…that’s the easiest thing to do. The easiest thing to do is to point fingers and” say “‘You should have done this, you should have done that, you should have done that.’” Freeh concluded Paterno indeed should have acted differently, and instead, the late coach intervened and halted a plan by Penn State officials to report a 2001 incident involving Sandusky to child welfare enforcement officials.


  • BleedBlack&Gold says:

    Headline should state, “Highest Paid Mizzou Employee Is A Jackass”
    I love my Tigers. I despise when the leader of the Tigers is so insensitive and dense. Coach Pinkel should apologize.

  • wwsivo says:

    It’s just typical of the “multi-million dollar a year coaches club,” who try to portray themselves as something other than what they are which is: a group of jocks who got lucky in the sports craze business in this country. It started even before the coaches began wearing designer suits to games. They forget what they are which is nothing special, other than they like sports. They aren’t particularly intelligent, moral, trustworthy or ethical; they are just a group of regular (some ir-regular) guys who got lucky and take themselves way too seriously. What they are is lucky!!

  • trashcup says:

    Nothing like a professional football team in colleges all over America. Too bad the students that are on these NFL conduit teams aren’t actually earning degrees but instead just preparing to make millions like their coaches already make.

    Paterno’s lack of actions caused hundreds of more victims to continue to suffer who wouldn’t have had Paterno done his job in the first place. Makes you think about the Catholic Church and its inaction causing more and more pain and suffering.

  • UMashamed says:

    The Mizzou coach should focus on his team and not muse about a man whose “legacy” will be forever marred and exchanged for the mantle of derailing protection for young people. Pinkel should plead drunkenness for making such idiotic remarks.

  • CoachK says:

    Whaddya expect from a ball-scratching jock, sensitivity training? Pinkel’s job is to win ballgames so he gets a free pass from the beat writers who have to put on knee pads to pleasure MU sports coaches.

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