Nov. 25, 2008
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Missouri and Head Football Coach Gary Pinkel have agreed to terms on a new seven-year contract that will keep Pinkel on the Tiger sideline through the 2015 season. The new deal, as announced today by Director of Athletics Mike Alden, begins Jan. 1, 2009 and runs through Dec. 31, 2015. Pinkel's previous contract was set to have expired Dec. 31, 2012.
Under terms of the new agreement, Pinkel, 56, will receive a guarantee of $2.3 million per year, including a base salary of $350,000. The new guarantee represents an increase of $450,000 from the previous yearly guarantee of $1.85 million, while the base is $70,000 more than the previous figure.
Pinkel, in his eighth year at Mizzou, has guided the Tiger program to a level of success unmatched since the Dan Devine era in the 1960s. The `Dean' of Big 12 North coaches, Pinkel is 58-39 at MU (.598) and stands 131-76-3 (.631) overall in 18 seasons as a head coach. Mizzou has won 30 of its last 39 games under Pinkel's direction (.769), and its 21 combined wins in 2007 and 2008 is tied for most in the nation in that stretch (see accompanying chart at right). Mizzou's average home attendance for six games in 2008 was the most since the 1982 season, and that included three consecutive sellout crowds for the first time in recorded school history.
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The 2008 Tigers currently stand 9-2 and ranked 12th in the latest Associated Press Top-25 rankings. Mizzou has already clinched the Big 12 Conference North Division championship, marking the second-straight year with that distinction, and that is the first time Missouri has won consecutive conference or division titles in football since 1941-42. Mizzou is poised for its fourth-straight bowl game (fifth overall under Pinkel), marking only the second time in school history it will have played in four straight bowls (1978-81).
Pinkel's 58 wins rank as third-most in Mizzou history, and his Tigers have emerged as the top program in the Big 12 North Division, as their 49 wins in the last six seasons is best in the division (Nebraska is next, with 44, followed by Kansas with 41, Kansas State with 36, Colorado with 33 and Iowa State with 25).
Off the field, Pinkel's program has enjoyed great success, as well. All 23 members of the current senior class have either already earned their degree from MU, or will have it completed by May. Pinkel is heavily involved in various community outreach efforts, including a big role with the Central Missouri Food Bank and their efforts to provide resources to the less fortunate in mid-Missouri.
“We are very pleased to have a man with the integrity and character of Gary Pinkel representing our University, and our athletic department, alumni and fans,” said MU Director of Athletics Mike Alden. “It is gratifying to know that our University leadership shares the same excitement about Gary and what he's done. I believe this is a comprehensive statement that we have made about our commitment to winning and doing things the right way. Gary and his staff have done things that we haven't seen here in over 40 years, and this gives us an opportunity to recognize those accomplishments on and off the field,” he said.
“I would like to thank our outstanding leadership within the University for this opportunity,” said Pinkel. “They're making a statement to the nation that we are committed to excellence at Mizzou, from an academic, athletic and social standpoint, and that working together as a team provides a very positive environment for our University. I'm grateful for their trust in what we're doing, we continue to build this program of which our great alumni and fans will be proud. We're certainly proud of how far we've come, but it's a never-ending process, and we continue to work very, very hard to continually earn the respect of the Big 12 and from a national standpoint. I look forward to finishing out my career at Mizzou,” he said.
“Gary Pinkel's success with building a nationally competitive football program has been extremely beneficial for the entire university,” MU Chancellor Brady Deaton said. “His leadership has brought national recognition to MU and helped us showcase Missouri's flagship as one of the nation's major land-grant, research universities. His program is known for its integrity and for the emphasis placed on academic success and community volunteerism for our student-athletes, such as Missouri Tigers Score Against Hunger. The economic impact of Mizzou athletics on this region and the state as a whole is significant and has increased with the success of the football program. Coach Pinkel makes everyone proud to be a Tiger.”
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