It has undoubtedly been a roller-coaster of a year for the Missouri football program.
But as a new coach Barry Odom and his staff set to put their stamp on the program, it’s the former coach who is receiving the bulk of the blame for the university’s problems away from the field.
Sen. Paul Wieland, who has previously threatened to file a complaint that would launch an investigation into former Missouri coach Gary Pinkel’s involvement into a team boycott, told the university’s interim chancellor that Pinkel was responsible for the turmoil.
“My constituents were kind of concerned that in their minds he had held the university hostage,” Wieland told Missouri chancellor Hank Foley, via the Columbia Tribune’s Rudi Keller.
“As a reward, the university gave him a contract for a million dollars over three years.”
Pinkel resigned from Missouri this past season in the midst of a battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He will, however, stay on with the university in an ambassador’s role for the athletic department, being held responsible for items such as fundraising.
Before that, Missouri football players boycotted a football game against BYU for two days until system president Tim Wolfe resigned amid student protests, which centered around how he handled students’ complaints about race and discrimination.
Pinkel’s involvement apparently still irks Wieland.
“I will probably be preparing a complaint to forward to the provost on (Pinkel’s) behalf as well,” Wieland said. “Because of what he did, in my view, did a discredit to the university.”