Saturday, November 14, 2015

first casualty of the mizzou mandingo rebellion?

NYTimes |  Saying that he has cancer and wants to focus on his family and his treatment, the head coach of the University of Missouri football team, Gary Pinkel, announced his resignation Friday. The move shocked the college football world after racial protests had put it in the national spotlight and Pinkel had backed his players’ threat to boycott a game.

“I still feel good physically, but I decided that I want to focus on enjoying my remaining years with my family and friends, and also have proper time to battle the disease and give full attention to that,” Pinkel said, revealing that he had found out several months ago that he has non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and that he had decided late last month that this would be his final season coaching.

Afterward, on Twitter, he wrote: “Family and health first. Thx for thinking of me.”

Pinkel, 63, will stay on until Dec. 31, or until the university hires a replacement. The Tigers play Brigham Young on Saturday.