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Pinkel defends coaching staff; Hansbrough headed for surgery?

  • Published Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 10:57 p.m.

Pinkel defends coaching staff

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel responded to an allegation in the Columbia police department’s incident report, which included a text message from dismissed receiver Dorial Green-Beckham’s girlfriend to one of the victims of an alleged burglary and assault that said she’d received a call from coaches.

The girlfriend later told police that the information was relayed through Green-Beckham and there was no direct contact with anyone on the Tigers’ staff.

Pinkel adamantly denied that any of Missouri’s coaches had any contact with Green-Beckham’s girlfriend or the victims and

“We don’t do that,” Pinkel said. “There’s no coach that texts, that called, that talked to anybody. I guarantee it. We don’t operate like that.”

Green-Beckham’s brother still welcome

Pinkel also was asked if Green-Beckham’s younger brother, Darnell Green, would still attend Missouri.

“I certainly hope so,” Pinkel said.

Green, a 6-foot-5 senior at Hillcrest High School in Springfield, Mo., signed with the Tigers in February.

He caught 45 passes for 607 yards in parts of three seasons, but his career was interrupted by a leukemia diagnosis during his sophomore season.

Hansbrough headed for surgery?

Missouri’s most experienced running backs, senior Marcus Murphy and junior Russell Hansbrough, both sustained injuries April 5 during the team’s first public scrimmage.

Both also returned Saturday with Murphy, who seemed fully recovered from an ankle sprain, scoring all three offensive touchdowns. He led the Tigers with nine carries for 58 yards.

Hansbrough finished second with seven carries for 40 yards, but he reinjured his right shoulder and could be headed for the operating table.

“Russell’s shoulder is bothering him a little bit, so he’s probably going to have to get — at the end of this spring — have labrum surgery,” Pinkel said.

| Tod Palmer, tpalmer@kcstar.com

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