Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 11/12/14

BOULDER, CO - OCTOBER 31: Head coach Gary Pinkel of the Missouri Tigers leads his team against the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on October 31, 2009 in Boulder, Colorado. Missouri defeated Colorado 36-17. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, Mo. Rumors swirled. Gary Pinkel swung back. The sun rose Tuesday over Memorial Stadium, and the sky remained free of fire above Missouri's football program. Despite online rumblings of black-and-gold Armageddon one bizarre tweet had Pinkel packing boxes and hitting Providence Road on Monday the coach prepared to enter his most crucial offseason in eight years with the spirit of Rocky Balboa. On adversity after a 5-7 season, the Tigers' first campaign without a bowl since 2004: "Any time you go through adversity, you grow and learn. We've always done that. You take advantage of it. Some of the best things we've done, we've accomplished, has been after we've had some adversity." On if there was indecision about returning for a 13th season at Mizzou: "No, no. I love what I do. I don't know where all (the resignation rumors) started. I heard that. My daughter called me, 'I hear you are retiring.' I said, 'I am?' That's not me. I love what I do. I couldn't wait to get i...
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