The Tim McKernan Show: Ep 1 – Gary Pinkel

Tim sat down with former University of Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel at his home in Columbia, MO on Tuesday, September 26th.  Topics include:  not accepting moral victories during his early years at Mizzou (10:30), Nick Saban writing the forward to his book (16:00), how Mike Alden helped him block out the media noise (21:30), breaking down the recruiting wall between St. Louis and Columbia (27:00), his chance meeting with Vince Lombardi (31:30), the Armageddon at Arrowhead game (36:00), how he decided what to cover in the book (43:30), being wooed by Michigan (49:00), Michael Sam and the 2013 season (51:00), his cancer diagnosis (58:00), his decision to retire and having that news leak prematurely (1:02:30), procedure he followed during hunger strike (1:06:30), his disagreements with how aspects of that situation were handled (1:10:00), thoughts on Barry Odom (1:13:00), how he learned to remain calm during press conferences (1:15:30), his relationship with Tony La Russa (1:22:00)

Coach’s book, “The 100-yard Journey:  A Life in Coaching and Battling for the Win”, is available now.  Special thanks to Story of the Year for providing our podcast theme.

Feedback is always welcome via email:  tmckernan@insidestl.com

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