Pinkel agrees to contract extension through 2020

By Mary Kate Burgess

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel, with headset, on the sidelines during Saturday's game.

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel, with headset, on the sidelines during a game at Memorial Stadium.

COLUMBIA- Missouri’s winningest football coach in history has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him around through 2020 an bump his salary to $3.1 million.

Gary Pinkel had his best season to date in 2013, taking the Tigers from a 5-7 record and a failure to qualify for a bowl game to 12-2, a second-place finish in the Southeastern Conference Championship game and a victory in the Cotton Bowl over Oklahoma State. With his win in the Cotton Bowl, Pinkel passed legendary Missouri coach Don Faurot as the coach with the most wins, with a record of 102-63 compared to Faurot’s 101-79-10 record.

According to a news release from Mizzou Athletics, Pinkel said he was very honored to be the coach at Mizzou.  “We will work very hard to continue to build our program and to graduate our players,” Pinkel said. “It’s important for our program to keep moving forward and build on a solid foundation.”

Assistant Coach Position Salary
Dave Steckel Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers 600,000
Josh Henson Offensive Coordinator/Co‐Offensive Line 550,000
Andy Hill Associate Head Coach/Quarterbacks 357,500
Craig Kuligowski Defensive Line 299,500
Cornell Ford Cornerbacks 297,500
Bruce Walker Co‐Offensive Line 287,000
Brian Jones  Running Backs 282,500
Pat Washington Receivers 275,000
Alex Grinch Safeties 251,000
Total Pool $3,200,000
Source: Mizzou Athletics

Pinkel also said he was very grateful to his assistant coaches and he was proud that they were getting recognized for the work they do. The new contract also increases the salary pool for the assistant coaches, from $2.66 million to $3.2 million.

The last contract extension Pinkel had was back in 2011, when he signed a deal that extended his contract from 2015 to 2017.

Pinkel’s new contract includes an increase in money allocated for apparel, radio and t.v. appearances, booster donations, and camp funds. The money will increase by $100,000 per year.

Mike Alden, director of athletics, was quoted in the news release by the university as saying “It is important for us to be able to recognize what Gary and his staff has achieved for the University of Missouri.”

Mizzou finished fifth in the nation at the end of the season, the second-highest finish to a season by any Tiger team.

Spring practice for the Tigers begins Tuesday.

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