It has been a crazy week for Missouri’s football team, and it culminated with an emotional 20-16 victory against BYU at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.
Coach Gary Pinkel, who stood behind his players during a boycott on Sunday and then announced his resignation effective at the end of the season because of health issues Friday, kept his team together and helped them to a much-needed victory.
During Pinkel’s postgame television interview with SEC Network’s Maria Taylor, Missouri players engulfed the coach while chanting and jumping around in celebration.
Postgame interview with Missouri HC Gary Pinkel
Dance Gary Pinkel. Dance. pic.twitter.com/7LouzovljA
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Before the players engulfed Pinkel, he talked to Taylor about the week that was for his program.
“What they went through last week, to be able to pull together says so much about these kids,” Pinkel said. “It was a battle and that was a good football team. These guys mean so much to me.”
Fans showed their love for one of the best coaches in program history by chanting his name in the waning moments of the victory.
Fans in KC chanting "Gary Pinkel" pic.twitter.com/l2ub9t1lY9
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“I was trying to ignore it so I could focus on what I was doing,” Pinkel said. “I had opportunities to leave, but we built our program here and I think we’re leaving it in great shape. We’ve got a chance to go to a bowl game now. … Here I am thinking about next week already. But anyway, (the fans chanting) was good stuff.”
Added Missouri captain Evan Boehm, to Taylor on SEC Network: “The chants gave me chills.”
— Mizzou Network (@MizzouNetwork) November 15, 2015