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Pinkel rejects resignation rumors, calls MU season disappointing

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (WGEM) -- Gary Pinkel has seen the worst of times and he's seen the best of times.

Right now, the head coach of the Mizzou football program is somewhere in the middle.

But as a whole the Tigers took a step backwards this fall.

A blow-out loss Saturday at Texas A&M not only put the finishing touches on a 5-7 season, it also meant Mizzou would miss out on a postseason bowl game, and suffer its first losing campaign for the first time since 2004.

The struggles sparked speculation Pinkel was going to resign. Pinkel met with the media Tuesday morning to set the record straight, he's not going anywhere.

"I embrace the foundation of our program when things get tough and the attention to detail and everything functioning the way it should daily function," he said. 

"It's certainly disappointing not to finish the way we wanted to but all we can do is get ready and work on next year which I'm excited about doing." 

Safe to say Missouri's first season in the Southeastern Conference didn't go as once hoped.

The Tigers wound up 2-6 in what many consider the toughest football conference in the country, and those two victories came against Kentucky and Tennessee who have since fired their head coaches.

Pinkel says he knew what they were getting into and he's frustrated in the end result.

"We knew going in it was going to be difficult, and with all our injuries and the margin for error drops down. It just made it more difficult," Pinkel explained. 

"The SEC is everything I thought it was going to be." 

Among the other notable tidbits from his postseason press conference, Pinkel says he's not afraid to make coaching changes but doesn't anticipate making any.

He also expects defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson to enter the NFL Draft and says there will be an open competition at quarterback next season.

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