Missouri coach Gary Pinkel took full responsibility for his team’s performance during a halftime interview on CBS.
“I’ve been quite a bit of a distraction here with our football team and I was very worried about the focus of our team,” Pinkel said. “I’ve got great kids so hopefully we can battle back.”
Pinkel announced his retirement earlier this month and revealed he was battling non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He said he was first diagnosed in May. On the field, it’s been a tough time for Pinkel and the Tigers. Missouri is 5-6 and 1-6 in the SEC.
Missouri trailed Arkansas 21-3 at halftime. It’s been an ugly game full of mistakes, partly due to rainy conditions. If Arkansas holds on and wins, it will likely be Pinkel’s last game. The Tigers could still be chosen for a bowl game if they lose, but that seems unlikely..