The Missouri Tigers are starting their road games in 2014 with a little trip back down memory lane. When Mizzou and Toledo scheduled a home and away series with Toledo for the 2013 and 2014 season, it meant that Tigers head coach Gary Pinkel would be returning to his former stomping grounds.
And now, there’s even more to the story: a kickoff time and a T.V. broadcast.
It was announced over the weekend that kickoff time for the big return to southern Ohio will be 11 A.M. and even more significantly, the Tigers will get more national T.V. exposure as ABC, ESPN, or ESPN 2 will show the game.
Pinkel is a highly-regarded name at the Toledo football program. He served as the team’s head coach from 1991-2000 and led the program to a 77-37-3 overall record, which makes him to this day the winningest coach in the program’s history with a winning percentage of 66 percent.
While the Pinkel-led Rockets team only made a bowl game one time, he did lead the group to an undefeated season in 1995, which put Toledo on the map and allowed the program to grow extensively. His final year there, Toledo went 10-1.
His tenure at Toledo gave way to years of success. Following his departure for Missouri, the program went to four consecutive bowl games and has since been bowling 9 times overall. Pinkel was inducted into the the Toledo Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.
This will be the second straight season that Missouri has played Toledo. The Rockets visited Columbia and gave the Tigers a scare before Missouri was able to turn it around and close it out 38-23.Mizzou’s first three games are now set. Book-ending the Toledo game is South Dakota in the opener at 2:30 P.M on ESPNU and Central Florida at 11 a.m. on the SEC Network, both in Columbia. Also set is the November 28 season finale with Arkansas on black Friday. The game with Toledo is the second game so far on the 2014 tilt that will be nationally televised.