Columbia (KMOV) -- Gary Pinkel remains a black belt in the martial arts of coach speak.
As KMOV.com contributor Mike Bittner noted earlier, Pinkel referred to safety and defensive captain William Moore as "probable to doubtful" for this Saturday's game. In layman's terms, that means Moore is listed on the injury report. And that's all it means. He might play. He might not play. One of those two possibilities will come to pass. For sure.
In a way that would make Bill Belichick proud, Pinkel gave little away about Moore's condition beyond the fact that he has a sprained foot and will be evaluated by the team medical staff throughout the week.
Given the Tigers' upcoming schedule, having Moore sit out against Buffalo on Saturday seems the way to go.
After Buffalo visits Columbia this week, the Tigers have the last weekend of September off. October brings both the onset of Big XII conference play and a trip to Lincoln, Neb., to play the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Tigers haven't won in Lincoln since 1978 and will need to reverse that trend in order to help further their big-time bowl aspirations. Oklahoma State and Texas follow Nebraska on the schedule.
These conference games are the ones that really matter and the ones that will be most hotly contested. They are the ones for which the Tigers will really need to be at full strength and functioning on all cylinders. Given the secondary's problems thus far on the young season, having the man called Willy Mo back in the lineup for good will be crucial.
Moore injured his foot in the second half of the season opener against Illinois and sat out against Southeast Missouri State before playing against Nevada over the weekend and aggravating the injury. The Tigers should roll over an inferior Buffalo team with or without Moore. Perhaps taking both this week and the bye week off would give him the time needed for his foot to make a full recovery.
Steve Weinman is a journalism student at Mizzou