Former DeSmet star Munir Prince's football career at Mizzou is over in the wake of the alarming injury he incurred late in training camp, MU coach Gary Pinkel said Monday morning.
Prince, a reserve senior cornerback who transferred from Notre Dame to Missouri, had suffered a temporary loss of sensation in his arms and legs after being knocked out in a punt return drill.
Pinkel was among many who were shaken by the sight of a still Prince, who was hospitalized for several days but showed signs of neurological recovery shortly.
Although under evaluation since, Pinkel stressed that MU medical staff believe Prince will suffer no lingering issues and have "a happy, normal life like anybody else."
But playing again, Pinkel said, could jeopardize that.
"Just the risk of putting him in and getting hit again," he said, "they didn't think it would be very wise."
Pinkel said Prince, "a great young man," would stay with the program as part of its leadership team. The outcome had seemed likely for several weeks but evidently was finalized Sunday in a meeting that involved Prince, his parents, Pinkel and MU medical staff.