Pinkel speaks about Dorial Green-Beckham, Henry Josey

Saturday, January 18, 2014 | 6:13 p.m. CST; updated 11:24 p.m. CST, Saturday, January 18, 2014

Speaking publicly for the first time since the Cotton Bowl, Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel addressed the media for roughly 15 minutes prior to the basketball game.

And Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckam was predictably one of the biggest questions on the agenda.

Asked on more than one occasion about receiver Dorial Green-Beckham’s status with the team  following his recent marijuana arrest in Springfield, Pinkel repeatedly declined comment.

“I’ve been consistent in how I’ve done it since the day I got here. I never discuss any discipline issues,” Pinkel said.

Pinkel said he supported Henry Josey’s decision to forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft.

“Everybody has their reasons for (entering the draft),” Pinkel said. “For the reasons he expressed to me, I think it was important that he do it this year. We support him, back him, wish him the best.”

Despite starting four games as a redshirt freshman and seeing action in the Cotton Bowl, Pinkel said Maty Mauk will have to win the starting quarterback job next season.

“Certainly Maty played very, very well for a young player,” Pinkel said. “There’s going to be competition there. There’s not an established starter. He’ll be competing like everybody else. There’ll be some good competition there. May the best player win. Maty expects it. That’s how we do it around here. That makes us better. It makes our players better.”

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