Like most football lifers, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel is a creature of habit.
So rather than linger over a disappointing SEC debut that saw the Tigers go 5-7 and break a seven-year streak of bowl appearances, the 60-year-old coach showed up ready for work on Monday, starting with his usual 5 a.m. weightlifting session.
''I love what I do,'' Pinkel told reporters Tuesday, quickly dispelling rumors of his pending retirement or even a change by his bosses. ''I couldn't wait to get into work.''
Pinkel said he has no plans to make dramatic changes to the team's once-prolific spread offense or other schemes and will retain his entire coaching staff, most of whom have been by his side for years. That doesn't mean more modest modifications aren't in order.
''I embrace the foundation of our program when things get tough,'' he said. ''But then, we evaluate every single thing we do here, all the time, always. That's never changed.''
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