Stepping off the podium, Gary Pinkel dried his eyes, put on a happy face and let his wife do the talking.

Missy Pinkel said the couple will be busy. Now that he no longer be football-obsessed, she can teach him to cook. Maybe help him become a better dancer.

"We'll be fine. We're going to do a little bit of everything, right?" she asked her husband. "Golf, travel and spend time with family."

The 63-year-old Pinkel decided it best to enjoy life for however many years he has left while dealing with non-Hodgkins lymphoma diagnosed in May. In front of a couple hundred friends, family members and players Monday, Pinkel joked that he'd rather "die on a beach" than coaching football.

"I've got to do something, work more like a normal job, where I can be significant," Pinkel said. "I'll just be able to be a normal person."

He added, "I'm doing the right thing."

Then again, he said he'd probably never really stop coaching. He caught himself "yelling at the TV" on Sunday night when the Seahawks played the Cardinals, both teams featuring former Missouri players.

Pinkel fought back tears several times during the news conference that served as a formal goodbye.

"The most important thing," Pinkel said haltingly, "is my players. I'm going to miss them, scolding them when I had to scold them, hugging and touching them every day."

Gophers game times set, Brooks honored

The Gophers' last two regular-season football game times have been set. The Gophers will play Illinois this Saturday at 11 a.m. (televised on ESPNNews), and the Wisconsin game on Nov. 28 will be at 2:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network). Both games are at TCF Bank Stadium.

•Running back Shannon Brooks was named Big Ten freshman of the week, marking the second time this season he's won that award. Brooks rushed for 86 yards on 14 carries (6.1 average) against Iowa and threw his first career touchdown pass, a 42-yarder to Drew Wolitarsky in the fourth quarter. Brooks also was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week on Oct. 12, after his big performance against Purdue.

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•Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher announced that Sean Maguire will start at quarterback for Saturday's game against Chattanooga. The junior replaced Everett Golson during the second quarter of last Saturday's 34-17 victory over North Carolina State and directed four consecutive scoring drives. "Hopefully he'll continue to play well and we won't have to relive that," Fisher said of flip-flopping QBs.

•Arizona State senior safety Jordan Simone, the national leader in tackles per game, is out for the season after injuring his right knee against Washington on Saturday.

•Alabama tailback Kenyan Drake is likely out at least two weeks because of surgery on his fractured right arm. Drake has rushed for 333 yards and a touchdown while catching 21 passes for 234 yards and a score.