“He was also very firm in his beliefs about the structure of what he was supposed to look like and what he wanted him to look like, not just your third call on offense or defense, but from a defensive perspective, leverage, tackle, when to press or when not to, how to attack,” said Arkansas defensive coordinator Barry Odom, who served in the same role under Pinkel and then succeeded him as head coach in 2016. “He always had ideas for me, and that helped me because he looked at it from an attacking perspective.
“It was very beneficial because it allowed you to be on the pitch and coaching and not looking over your shoulder even though I knew he was looking,” the longtime coach said. cornerbacks Cornell Ford, now back in Toledo. “You knew how he wanted it done.”
Here’s one of Pinkel’s most notable stats: In his 15 years at Mizzou, he only needed to hire six new assistant coaches due to staff turnover. Once United’s Eli Drinkwitz has hired a new assistant to replace two recent departures, he will have hired seven new assistants – in just two years! This speaks to today’s gigantic volatility in the coaching industry, but underscores the two-way loyalty that existed under Pinkel’s leadership.
He had seven assistants leaving his team: two for head coaching positions (Christensen at Wyoming, Steckel at Missouri State), one for the NFL (Matt Eberflus at Cleveland), two for coordinator positions (Alex Grinch at Washington State, Odom at Memphis) and two others who walked away from training (Bruce Walker and David Yost, who soon resurfaced in Washington State.) In 15 years, Pinkel never hired only three outsiders with no connection to Mizzou: Josh Henson from LSU, Pat Washington from Kentucky, and Ryan Walters from Memphis. He then hired former Mizzou center AJ Ricker to coach the offensive line and former UM graduate assistant Grinch, his nephew, to coach the safeties.