COLUMBIA - Missouri coach Gary Pinkel often talks to his team about "emotional stability." It is his term for telling his players to never get too excited or too mad, no matter the situation.
"It's in a game where you're in control, you have to remain focused regardless of all of the atmosphere, all of the surroundings, everything that's happened," Pinkel said. "Whether you just had the worst play you ever had, or you had the greatest play you ever had. Can you get back and emotionally be stable as an athlete? And we use that term, or if you lose control on the sidelines. If you lose control, you're of no value to our football team."
Pinkel lists the atmosphere of the stadium and big plays for the opponent as two major hurdles in maintaining emotional stability.
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