Originally posted on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 7/16/13
Gary Pinkel, the head coach at Missouri, is launching his own website. This is largely a “keep up with the Joneses” move that mirrors other sites of high profile coaches, and an attempt to grow the brand of Missouri football. The current video on the site, however, is something to behold. Let’s start with the boilerplate. Via KansasCity.com, we get the standard announcement. According to a press release issued Monday, the primary intent of the website – which is appropriately named GaryPinkel.com – is “to show a different, behind-the-scenes side of the program, engage Missouri fans in a more personal way and celebrate the success of the players the program has sent to the National Football League.” This is all fine and good. Until the site officially launches, however, the site features a countdown clock to Missouri’s first game, and a video, that at best is curious, and at worst, egregious, ethically speaking. The video features “interviews” from a golf tournament held in 2011 by John Anderson, a Mizzou alum, and SportsCenter anchor. I put interviews in quotes because they’re less interviews and more testimonials. These testimonials feature Michael Kim of ESPN, Linda Cohn of ESPN, Jon Hamm of Mad [...]
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