Pinkel: In 5 years, hopefully we don’t need to discuss Michael Sam

Gary Pinkel said he's proud of how Missouri handled Michael Sam's announcement and the 'mostly positive' reaction.

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Missouri Tigers coach Gary Pinkel spoke at SEC Media Days on Wednesday.

Among the topics Pinkel was asked about was former Tiger defensive end Michael Sam.

Sam, of course, became a national story last season when he announced he is gay.

"It was much bigger than football," Pinkel said. "It was much bigger than Mizzou."

Pinkel noted that he was proud of how his program handled Sam’s announcement and believes the response was mostly positive.

More importantly, Pinkel noted, is the progress sports is making in this regard.

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"I hope in five years from now, there’s no discussion about this," Pinkel said. "Respect people for what they are and what they do."

More from Pinkel’s press conference

On former Tiger and current Sooner Dorial Green-Beckham: "We lost a great player. I wish Dorial the best. You make mistakes and learn lessons, and I think he’ll do that."

On injury concerns with up-tempo offenses: "I don’t buy the health issue in any way. I think it’s fiction."

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