COLUMBIA — Aaron Rivers had waited in line all day for his minute with Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel. After reaching the front of the line and asking for a photo with Pinkel, the eighth-year coach surprisingly asked if he could hold Rivers' 2 1/2 month-old daughter. Pinkel must be watching a fair amount of election coverage this summer, for just before the photo, he leaned down and planted a kiss on the baby's forehead, eliciting smiles from just about everyone who caught a glimpse. None, however, matched that of the baby's proud father, standing inches away. The gesture was a cordial one, but it's doubtful the coach could have fully grasped how much it meant to Rivers.
MU football players take time for fans
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