Originally written on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 11/18/14
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HOOVER, Ala. Gary Pinkel enters the gym before hisplayers each morning at 5:30 a.m. It's a personal drive that has made an impression on the Missouri Tigers, whoheaped praises on their head coach behind the microphones at SEC Media Days.It's a contagious energy. "He's disciplined himself, and that carries on into our footballprogram," senior wide receiver T.J. Moe said. That hit-the-ground-running mentality will prove necessary for Pinkel's programthis season as it jumps into the SEC fray for the first time. The 12th-yearMissouri coach's steely persona remained undeterred by media questioning thisoffseason. His team is immersed in what they call 'The SEC Transition,' amission Pinkel revealed a couple months ago at a welcoming party for Missouriand Texas A&M in Atlanta.He consistently talks of his program's recent success. Hecertainly appears unwavering. Not once has he relinquished that, "Man,these teams sure are gonna be tough to beat." That would send the wrongmessage. "...
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