Gary Pinkel Thinks Missouri Quad Siege Was Over Young Man “Who Was Struggling”

COLUMBIA, MO - NOVEMBER 9: University of Missouri-Columbia head football coach Gary Pinkel speaks to the media during a news conference on the campus of University of Missouri - Columbia on November 9, 2015 in Columbia, Missouri. University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe resigned today amid protests over racial tensions at the university. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

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Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel did one of his weekly radio hits today as he would do through the normal college football season, but this one was slightly different. He was asked some rather deep social justice questions about his part in supporting his players striking until the school president resigned or was fired. And that’s where things got interesting. Gary made sure to say that his team was supporting the Hunger Strike Guy.

He also said that the #ConcernedStudent1950 hashtag on a tweet from his account should not have had that hashtag and that it was an assistant who created that tweet. And then Gary went into ‘Leave me alone’ mode on the radio host.

“If someone asks you to acknowledge your white male privilege, would you feel like that’s racist,” the host asks.


Gary: “I’m not aware of that. I’m not going to answer that.”

Just listen.

It was about a young man “who was struggling,” says Pinkel. That’s what Sunday and Monday was about.

The Mizzou Family stands as one. We are united. We are behind our players. #ConcernedStudent1950 GP

— Coach Gary Pinkel (@GaryPinkel) November 8, 2015