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Start the statue plans: Gary Pinkel is a CFB Hall of Famer

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We all knew it was coming, but it’s good that it’s officially on record.

Just over six years after officially retiring from his position as Missouri football coach, Gary Pinkel is officially inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

It’s no exaggeration to say that this is a historic moment for Mizzou. The Tigers have not had anyone inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame for nearly 20 years.

Pinkel’s honor will be the first for a MU coach or player since cornerback Roger Werley was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003.

Binkel will join Don Forroot, Frank Broyles, Bill Roper, Dan Devine and Jim Phelan as former Missouri coaches in the College Football Hall of Fame. Pinkle is a former Tigers 13 coach or player who is being recruited.

There is no doubt that this honor is well deserved. During his 15-year tenure at Columbia, Pinkel led the Tigers to more bowl games than the program had in the previous 28 years. He also led Missouri to five major leagues, including three Big 12 North titles from 2007 to 2010 and back-to-back SEC East titles in 2013 and 2014. Time holder as Coach of the Year. Just extra stuff, no big deal.

It’s long been a joke – but not in fact – in Mizzou circles that Pinkel will one day have a statue outside Faurot Field, and now it looks like the campaign could start in earnest.

Like… yeah, that’s an obvious call.

To mark the occasion, Mizzou Football has posted a quick clip highlighting Pinkel’s most important moments, including his introductory press conference and moments from his biggest win.

Great, now I’m crying again.

  • Kobe Brown sure would have beaten No. 15 Alabama on his own, but now he has an extra feather to stuff into his hat.

It’s a well-deserved tribute to the junior, who scored a career high of 30 points and 13 additional rebounds in a 92-86 hit on the tide.

Kind of odd set up for the Tigers, who will play their first seven games of the season on the road ahead of their season opener on March 4th against Tarleton State. Their roster is full of rivalry games as well, with Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, and SLU appearing in non-conference venues. The Tigers also face a tough start at the start of the SEC play, as they travel to Nashville for a three-game series with Vanderbilt.

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