Head coach Gary Pinkel of the Missouri Tigers gestures from the sidelines during the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Columbia, Missouri.
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COLUMBIA, Mo. - Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel knows a little something about the Tigers' next opponent. He served as the head coach there for a decade.
Pinkel spent 10 years running the show at Toledo. From 1991-2000, he led the Rockets to a 73-37-3 record. He then left the school for Missouri.
"Toledo is a real good football program. They have a rich tradition and I know a little bit about it," Pinkel said.
Pinkel's current players say Saturday's game may mean a little more to their head coach.
"It's going to be a big week for him. He's probably going to be all over us. I'm excited for it and I know he's excited for it as well," Missouri junior running back Henry Josey said.
"We all know a lot of our coaches came from there," MU senior cornerback E.J. Gaines said. "This game has a little more to it now because they all came from that school, but it's just another team in our way that we have to get by."
Pinkel, who also served as an assistant coach at the University of Washington from 1979-1990, says he still feels a connection with his former teams, except in one specific circumstance.
"I'm always rooting for Toledo. I’m always rooting for Washington, obviously except if we play them,” Pinkel said with a smile on his face.
Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. CDT at Faurot Field on Saturday.
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