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December 3, 2012
Last week, Gary Pinkel told reporters that he would not fire any of his current coaches and that he anticipated no shuffling of responsibilities on his staff.
On Monday morning, shuffling became a necessity when offensive coordinator David Yost tendered his resignation.
"There are a lot of factors that played into the process of coming to my decision," Yost said in a statement. "I feel like I've had a great run here and that it's just the right time to turn it over to someone else. On one hand, it's a really hard decision to make, but on the other hand, I feel good that it's the right decision at the right time for me.
"I'm going to miss our staff, they're like brothers to me, and not being around our players, that's hard to think about how tough that will be," he said.
Yost had been Missouri's offensive coordinator for the last four years, but had also coached placekickers and quarterbacks, in addition to serving as Missouri's recruiting coordinator.
"It is very difficult to imagine not having David as part of our staff," said Pinkel in a statement from the University. "I asked him to reconsider, but I respect his decision. He has been such an instrumental part of our program and everything we've built since we came here. There's hardly an aspect of our program that he hasn't had a hand in, and we're going to miss his leadership and energy. He was responsible for a lot of things, and he did them all very well. He was an outstanding representative of Mizzou who busted his tail for our program. He's going to be tough to replace."
Pinkel said he would conduct a national search that would include internal candidates as Yost's replacement.
PowerMizzou.com will cover the change from every angle beginning immediately.
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