COLUMBIA — This week in Missouri sports, football coach Gary Pinkel made headlines during the team's bye week, Missouri soccer snapped a two-game losing streak and the Missouri volleyball team moved to 11-0 on the season.
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Gary Pinkel stays active in Missouri football's bye week
The Tigers didn't have a game on Saturday, but head coach Gary Pinkel made headlines throughout the week. On Monday, Pinkel joined the growing chorus of voices calling for college athletes to be paid when he posted a video on his website explaining why he thinks MU football and men's basketball players should receive compensation. On Tuesday, Pinkel revived the discussion surrounding the Border Showdown game between Missouri and Kansas, telling the Kansas City Star that he is hoping for the rivalry to be renewed. On Wednesday, Pinkel shared memories from Sept. 11, 2001, with five veterans in his Google Plus "Heroes Hangout."
On the field, the team continued preparations for its game Saturday at Indiana, as Missouri's defensive line looked to remedy its slow start. The defensive line had only one sack in the Tigers' first two games against Murray State and Toledo. Despite the drought, Missouri defensive lineman Markus Golden was named the Southeastern Conference's Defensive Line Player of the Week after a 70-yard interception return for a touchdown against Toledo.
Missouri soccer snaps two-game losing streak
After losing both games in the Texas A&M Tournament, Missouri soccer returned home and recorded a 3-0 shutout victory over Eastern Illinois to improve its record to 4-3. The team adopted its motto for the season, "I am because we are," from the 2007-2008 Boston Celtics, who went on to become champions of the National Basketball Association.
The team implemented a new program to prevent ACL injuries, trying to prevent the type of injuries that devastated the Tigers in 2011. And the team's student manager, Alejandro Cubia, has been working to advocate for LGBTQ athletes and continue the conversation about gay athletes in sports.
Missouri volleyball remains undefeated
The Missouri volleyball team remained undefeated Friday with victories over North Carolina State and Rice in the Rice Invitational. The Tigers moved to 11-0 Saturday with a victory over Houston Baptist. In the game against North Carolina State, Missouri's Whitney Little faced her best friend from high school, Alesha Wilson, for the first time in college.
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