Mizzou, Gary Pinkel Agree to New Five-Year Contract

MUTIGERS.COM Mizzou locked up Head Coach Gary Pinkel through the 2011 season.
Mizzou locked up Head Coach Gary Pinkel through the 2011 season.

Nov. 17, 2006

Columbia, Mo. - The University of Missouri and Head Football Coach Gary Pinkel have agreed to terms on a new five-year contract that will keep Pinkel on the Tiger sideline through the 2011 season. The new deal, as announced today by Director of Athletics Mike Alden, replaces Pinkel's previous contract, which was set to have expired Dec. 31, 2008.

Pinkel, in his sixth year at Mizzou, has the Tigers at 7-3 currently, with a chance to win nine games in a season for only the fourth time in the school's 116 seasons of football. Picked to finish fifth this season in the Big 12 Conference North Division, Pinkel's Tigers got out to a 6-0 start for the first time since 1973, and will play in the program's third bowl game in the last four years under his direction (the first such stretch at MU in 23 years). Pinkel is 36-33 at MU and 109-70-3 in 16 seasons overall.

Under terms of the new agreement, Pinkel, 54, will receive a guarantee of $1.3 million per year, including a base salary of $255,000. The new guarantee represents an increase of $225,000 from the previous yearly guarantee of $1.075 million, while the base figure remains the same as before. Pinkel's guarantee will rank him as the seventh-highest paid head coach in the Big 12 Conference - an improvement from 10th with the previous contract.

"This is an important day for Tiger Football, and for the University of Missouri as a whole," said Alden. "We are very pleased, proud and excited to be able to commit to someone with the ability and the integrity of Gary Pinkel. He has developed our young men into winners on the field, in the classroom and in our community. Gary and his staff have taken this program to a very competitive level, and it is clear that the future is very bright, and now is a perfect time to further commit to the championship vision that Gary has communicated. We believe he is capable of achieving that at Mizzou. This commitment by the University to his program is a clear indication of our support for Gary, and is done with the intent of helping him to take that next step that we are so eager to see," said Alden.

After this Saturday's game at Iowa State, Pinkel will become the Dean of Big 12 North coaches. He will succeed Iowa State's Dan McCarney, who will close his 12-year stint in Ames at the conclusion of Saturday's contest.

"Obviously, I am very grateful to the University leadership for this opportunity, and for the faith they have in the direction we are heading," said Pinkel. "I am very proud of what this staff and our kids have accomplished to this point, and I am even more excited about our potential together for the future. I have believed from day one here that this can be a special place, and this commitment is important to helping us reach our goals. We have a great fan base that deserves championship-caliber football, and that's what we intend to deliver," he said.

"Gary Pinkel demonstrates the quality of leadership for our student-athletes that develops the whole person," said MU Chancellor Dr. Brady J. Deaton. "He has earned our support as a successful coach, as a role model for our students and as a leader who reflects the core values of our University. I am amazed at the respect he commands from his players and I join them in their high regard for our head coach," said Deaton.


· With two more victories, Pinkel will tie Al Onofrio for 5th-place on the MU coaching victories list. The top five currently stand as: 1. Don Faurot (101-79-10); 2. Dan Devine (93-37-7); 3. Warren Powers (46-33-3); 4. Gwinn Henry (40-28-9); 5. Al Onofrio (38-41-0)...

· The 2006 season got off to an historic start for Pinkel and MU, as the Tigers got out to a 6-0 start for the first time since 1973, and its first 7-1 start since 1969...

· Through games of Nov. 11th, Mizzou's 2006 schedule rates as the nation's 20th-toughest, according to the combined record of opponents played so far (Division I-A games only). MU's previous nine Div. I-A foes have a combined record of 45-33 (57.7%), which ranks third in the Big 12, and 20th nationally. Of MU's six wins against Div. I-A opponents, three have come against teams which have already achieved bowl eligibility: Kansas State (7-4), Texas Tech (6-5), Ohio (7-3). A fourth, New Mexico (5-5) needs just one more win to reach bowl eligibility as well...

· Pinkel has led MU to a combined record of 27-19 over the past four seasons, including wins in 15 of his last 23 outings, dating back to the 2004 regular-season finale...

· Mizzou's 34-7 win over Ole Miss earlier this season drew him above the .500 mark at Mizzou, making him the first Tiger coach since Powers to have an MU record of above .500 after one full season of coaching...

· With Pinkel's third bowl appearance on the horizon this season, he is in select company at MU, as he joins Don Faurot, Dan Devine, Al Onofrio and Warren Powers as the only coaches to guide Mizzou to three bowl games...

· After defeating Nebraska in both 2003 and 2005, Pinkel became the first MU coach since Onofrio to defeate NU twice. The win over Nebraska in 2003 was MU's first overall in the series since 1978...



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