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January 18, 2014
Tiger football news and notes
Gary Pinkel met with the media to wrap up Mizzou's 2013 football season on Saturday afternoon prioor to the Tiger basketball game against Alabama. The two most pressing issues elicited one expected no comment and one surprising comment from Pinkel.
Sophomore wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. To this point, no charges have been filed against the sophomore and Pinkel was not about to elaborate on the situation.
"Consistent with how I have done it since the day I got here, I haven't discussed any discipline issues," Pinkel said.
But when asked about the prospect of his coaching staff getting raises and perhaps contract extensions this offseason--something that is widely expected--Pinkel used fewer words, but said quite a bit more.
"It's a slow process," Pinkel said. "Disappointed to this point, but we'll see where it goes."
Offensive coordinator Josh Henson and defensive coordinator Dave Steckel got raises prior to last season putting their annual salaries in the half-million dollar range. But staff salaries at Mizzou are still middle-of-the-pack to below in the SEC.
Offered a chance to expand on his comments about frustration, Pinkel declined. OTHER NEWS AND NOTES: Defensive end Kony Ealy declared for the NFL Draft just minutes after the Cotton Bowl ended. That move was expected by just about everyone. A bit more surprising was tailback Henry Josey's decision to leave early.
"I talk to players about that all the time. Ultimately, when a player comes to a decision, we support it if it's the right decision," Pinkel said. "Everybody has their reasons for doing it. For reasons that he expressed with me, I think it was important that he do it this year."
*Pinkel maintained the Tigers will enter spring football with an open quarterback competition. Maty Mauk threw for 1,072 yards, ran for 241 and accounted for 12 touchdowns in relief of James Franklin last year. He also won three of the four games he started. But that does not mean he's got the job locked up for next season.
"Certainly Maty played very very well for a young player," Pinkel said. There's gonna be competition there. It's not an established starter. He'll be competing like everybody else. There will be some good competition there. May the best player win. That's how we do it and I think Maty expects it."
Redshirt freshman Eddie Printz is expected to provide Mauk's most serious competition.
*Pinkel said the staff has had discussions with a few players about possible transfers or graduations, but said he would not offer specifics until those decisions became official.
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