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Missouri's Gary Pinkel to resign after season due to cancer

Missouri's game against BYU will by Gary Pinkel's 189th in 15 seasons as coach of the Tigers. It is safe to say none has ever been played after a more tumultuous and trying week.

Pinkel abruptly announced Friday that he has cancer and will resign at the end of this season, ending a tenure in which he revived a program that had largely languished for more than a decade. The 63-year-old Pinkel said he was diagnosed with lymphoma in May and decided about two weeks ago that this season would be his last.

It was a stunning turn during a most unusual week in Columbia, Missouri, that started with Pinkel's players on strike because of racial tensions on campus. Pinkel stood by his...