October 27, 2009

Tuesday Notebook: Don't Stop Believin'

In the minutes after his team lost to Texas 41-7 on Saturday night, Gary Pinkel told reporters that Missouri was out of time.

"Time's up," Pinkel said. "I can't be more blunt than that."

The message was clear: To have any hope at a third straight North Division title, the Tigers know what they have to do.

"I haven't really looked at the standings, I'm just focused on Colorado. I'm not really sure how the whole Big 12 North race goes," Danario Alexander said. "I just know if we win out, we've got a pretty good chance."

"We have to take care of our business," Kevin Rutland said. "We have to win out, go out and play every game like it's our last."

Mizzou insists the goal is still possible.

"We're playing for a championship. We know that and we're just going to try to put it together," Sean Weatherspoon said. "If you do what you need to do, prepare the right way, communicate on offense, defense and special teams, then you can do it."

Later in the week, PowerMizzou.com will take a look at why history is stacked completely against the Tigers.

No individual player has taken as much heat from fans for the loss as cornerback Carl Gettis. Gettis appeared to be involved on at least two of the first half Texas touchdown passes and also missed a few tackles on Saturday night. But most glaring, perhaps, was a sideline incident between the player and defensive coordinator Dave Steckel that was captured by ABC television cameras.

"Kids, there's a lot of emotion on that sideline and we handle that internally," Pinkel said.

Still, when asked earlier in the press conference about communication issues on defense, the coach did mention the phrase "emotional stability."

"Whether you just had the worst play you've ever had or the greatest play you've ever had, can you get back and be emotionally stable as an athlete," Pinkel explained. "If you lose control, you're of no value to our football team. You're of absolutely no value. So we use the term emotional stability."

Gettis was requested by multiple media outlets, but was a no-show on Monday afternoon.

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