Ex-Missouri coach Gary Pinkel says his cancer is in remission

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Former Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel, left, and current coach Barry Odom talk with a recruit before the Tigers’ spring game. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
Former Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel, left, and current coach Barry Odom talk with a recruit before the Tigers’ spring game. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

It’s been a little more than a year since Missouri surprisingly announced that head coach Gary Pinkel would resign following the 2015 season because of a cancer diagnosis.

Pinkel was diagnosed with lymphoma last May, underwent treatment shortly thereafter and coached the season. Partway through the season, Pinkel’s health was reassessed and he decided, in consultation with his family, that the 2015 season would be his last.

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Since then, Barry Odom, Pinkel’s defensive coordinator, was named the Tigers head coach and though he’s still a presence around the Missouri program, we haven’t heard a whole lot from Pinkel since.

In an interview Monday on The Line Change on 590 The Fan in St. Louis, Pinkel offered a positive update on his health.

“Physically I’m fine,” Pinkel said. “The type of lymphoma I have, you’re always going to have it. They think it’s in remission now.”

“People have been so kind to me. I could be in remission for six months or six years, I don’t know. I’m just trying to stay healthy as I can. By the way, there are a lot of people out there with cancer a lot worse than mine. When you get it, you’re part of the team. We all fight and we all battle. It’s neat to see the support that people have for those that have cancer all over this country. And how we’re winning the war here. We’re winning the war with all the great things that they’re doing. Hopefully one day we’re going to get a hold of this thing completely and we’re not going to talk about it very much anymore.”

After more than 40 years on the sidelines, Pinkel, the winningest coach in Missouri history, also talked about what it’s been like to watch the game from a different point of view. You can listen to the entire interview here (the interview begins around the 9:30 mark).

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