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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: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:11 pm

Pinkel: "No changes" to approach as SEC beckons

The new helmet/uniforms aren't out yet. 4-14-12 is when they come out. Any pictures are just pure speculation...

Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:25 am

Pinkel: "No changes" to approach as SEC beckons

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
Nothing like sucking up to the new conference.  The SEC has more champions (in theory), but not necessarily more good teams.  Any given year there are usually 3 at most good teams in either conference and they both rotate a little, but certain ones always seem to rise to the top more often.   


Since: Jun 18, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:02 pm

Pinkel: "No changes" to approach as SEC beckons

The new helmet is ugly, no two ways about it. And STANDRO - sour grapes from a beaker again; enough already!

Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:44 pm

Pinkel: "No changes" to approach as SEC beckons

Er.....he does understand that his "tigers" will be just a poor third little cub in the SEC? Everyone knows who the real Tigers are in the SEC! And of course that ain't those imitation War Pigeon.....Tigers.

Since: Sep 23, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:05 pm

Pinkel: "No changes" to approach as SEC beckons

So, I clicked the link to the "new helmet".  Nice decal.  However, The image isn't of a decal, it's just an image super-imposed over a black helmet.  I wonder if Nike's "army of professional marketers" realized that the top snap strap will go over the decal?  That Tiger is gonna look like he's wearing a bridle.....or worse.

Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 3:09 pm

Pinkel: "No changes" to approach as SEC beckons

We welcome Big Mo to the SEC.
Please bring the Spread Offense, we've never seen it before... ;)

Seriously, I expect Mo to do pretty well, because they are in the East.
IMO:  Mo plays pretty good football.  In 2012 we find out just how good.

Mo can dress in Black, they can have 'Pooty Cats' on the helments, but they better strap em on real tight.
Sometime this next year Gary Pinkel, will click his heels together and realize he ain't in Kansas anymore.
Be glad...

(PS:  The SEC is really as big a deal as we say it is...)

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:52 pm

Pinkel: "No changes" to approach as SEC beckons

The new helmet looks like any old generic cat-head to me, could be one of many teams. It's not my team so I guess my opinion doesn't really matter. Good luck in the SEC.

Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:23 am

Pinkel: "No changes" to approach as SEC beckons

We actually saw a head-to-head example in the 2009 BCS championship, remember when Colt McCoy got crushed bt Bama!! There will be a very small adjustment period for some teams, but only the bottom tier SEC teams....Bama, LSU, Florida, Auburn, Arkansas, South Carolina, Georgia.......wont have any problems with the spread offense. Could those teams lose to Mizzou and Texas A&M, sure if their offense goes flat, but even then I wouldnt put LSU, Bama, or Arkansas in that danger zone.....

Since: Sep 13, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:11 am

Pinkel: "No changes" to approach as SEC beckons

The helmet reminds me of Iowa's helmet

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:42 am

Pinkel: "No changes" to approach as SEC beckons

How can you be rated #2 if you did not win your conference or even participate in your conference championship game?  You blew your chance and was a one loss team the same as a conference winner.

If winning your conference championship mean nothing, why play it or if the regular season mean nothing just select the two best team at the end of the season and allow them to play in the national championship game.

Just a question for the ages that would never be answered.

I think Missouri would be a good player in the sec. Most are saying they are gonna surprise some teams. I don’t think they are gonna be a surprise. If they are a surprise it is because the teams they would play would be overlooking them.

I think Missouri is a good team and the sec would have to learn to defend the offense that Missouri play. Missouri has a good defense.


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