Gary Pinkel spoke at SEC Media Day on July 17, 2012. (Courtesy: US Presswire)
(@KSDKsports) --There is no doubt football coach Gary Pinkel helped raise the game at Missouri. But can he get them to the next level?
2013 could be Pinkel's last shot at doing just that, and he is putting the responsiblity of getting there on himself, especially after announcing today during his post season press conference that he was not making any changes to his current coaching staff.
Pinkel also addressed questions regarding the future of defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, saying he doesn't expect to have Richardson back next season. The coach says he has already met with Richardson about his chances of going to the NFL, and would further advise him to go, if Richardson is considered a high round draft pick.
The Tigers lost their season finale to the red-hot Texas A&M Aggies, 59-29. The offense had a productive day with 465 yards, but the defense had no answer for Johnny Manziel, allowing 647 yards of offense to the Aggies.
Corbin Berkstresser started under center for Mizzou and completed 20-of-38 passes for 276 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception, with L'Damian Washington (four receptions, 98 yards) and Dorial Green-Beckham (four receptions, 55 yards) being on the receiving end of the scoring strikes.
Berkstresser also added 33 yards and a touchdown rushing, and Kendial Lawrence also had an impressive day on the ground with 87 yards and a score.
Missouri (5-7, 2-6 SEC) has failed to earn bowl eligibility for the first time since 2004.