I’ve got a couple of doozies under my belt. Perhaps you’ve noticed. Not everyone however is wildly anxious to own up to the error of their ways.
Take the University of Missouri athletics department.
When MU bailed on the Big 12 a couple years back, it appeared to be an all but a necessary evil. And Missouri didn’t exactly write letters of apology to the schools it left behind, you know, no Dear KU missives.
Actually, the opposite was true.
Everybody from MU football coach Gary Pinkel to the school’s chancellor to its fans were swept up in a wonderous frenzy of SEC worship and delight.
That was then…
And after a disappointing season last year, this year’s Missouri Tigers football team is poised to start the season 4-0.
“They’ll be undefeated but they haven’t played anybody,” says football scribe Craig Glazer. “And if I had to put money down, I’d say they’ll end up 6-6, but I think Pinkel’s going to be on the warm seat next year if that happens. For him to truly have a successful season he needs to win seven games and that’s gonna be hard.”
“I don’t like the way that works, that winning six games gets you to a bowl game,” Glazer says. “You know, they win six games and they’re in the Pinstripe Bowl against Rutgers. That’s kind of silly to reward a team that only won a couple of somewhat meaningful games and a bunch of games against some cupcakes. That’s just not very impressive. I mean, how many people want to watch a 6-6 team play another 6-6 or 7-5 team; it’s just not very exciting.
“My question is, what happened to Gary Pinkel? Why has he lost his ability to bring in players? He went to the SEC in order to bring in better players, but the opposite has happened. I mean, MU has gone backwards.”
Should Missouri have stayed put?
“Yes, they should have stayed in the Big 12,” Glazer says. “Missouri was not ready for this. At this point in time they cannot compete against any of the good teams in the SEC, let alone the great teams. Missouri is now like a low level team. In the Big 12 they were a somewhat prominent team. They’re be the fourth or fifth best team if they were still in the Big 12.
“Now they’ve moved into a conference where they’re arguably one of the worst teams – they’re at the bottom. And at this time, they’re not showing that they have the ability to get any better. Then you have the Missouri basketball team that was decent. And I think it does hurt em that they don’t get to play KU. Now they’re just kind of a no-show. It’s been a downhill blast since they left the Big 12.
“And in the immediate future, what’s going to make things better? They’re probably going to have to get rid of Pinkel.”
Ah, what might have been, Glazer waxes…
“You know, in the Big 12 this year Missouri would have probably won 8 or 9 games and maybe be nationally ranked. Now they’re just kind of in a state of mediocrity in both football and basketball, so I don’t know what they can do.”