As SEC media day unfolded, Missouri Tigers football fans received some confirmation regarding the depth chart at the quarterback position as the team gets ready to begin practice. Mizzou head coach Gary Pinkel brought senior James Franklin with him and told reporters that Franklin was the front-runner.
Franklin also answered questions from reporters and was asked who had the rudest fans in the SEC. His response may surprise Tigers fans.
Mizzou QB James Franklin on the 'rudest' fans in the #SEC: "Missouri. My own fans."
— Jon Cooper (@JonSDS) July 16, 2013
Franklin later clarified his response, saying the rudest fan he had encountered last year was a Mizzou fan and not all Mizzou fans are rude.
While Franklin attempts to control the damage, it may be too little too late for the highly scrutinized quarterback who struggles throwing the ball in the pocket and ran timidly last season behind a beaten up Mizzou offensive line.
Many in Mizzou Nation are ready to move and give the reigns to the team to redshirt Maty Mauk, who reminds many of former Mizzou legend and current Kansas City Chiefs back-up quarterback Chase Daniel.
Personally, the whole scenario in Columbia is baffling at this point. Pinkel brought a senior quarterback with him to media day, that part makes sense.
But that senior quarterback is not even a certain to start under center, or in the shotgun, or in the pistol, or wherever this wacky Mizzou offense may position him. And then the senior quarterback goes on to bash the school’s own beleaguered, frustrated and heart-broken fan base.
What is going with the Mizzou football program?
The more you think about it, Gary Pinkel’s tenure has to be nearly complete.
Why is he opening his comments at SEC media day with a mention of Max Scherzer? Nobody at SEC media day cares about baseball and Pinkel’s comment proves that he is not sure how many positive things there are to talk about.
Tuesday was a bloodbath for the Mizzou football program at SEC media day and could be just foreshadowing what is to come this fall when the team begins its second full season in the SEC.
Franklin will have to win the fans back with victories, otherwise he will likely truly hear just how rude Mizzou fans can be.
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