COLUMBIA, Missouri - After a chaotic basketball coaching search, Missouri fans will be happy to know they probably won't have to go through anything like that on the football side any time soon. In fact, head coach Gary Pinkel has agreed to a two-year extension that will keep him under contract through Dec. 31, 2017.
"I'm very grateful for the support. We really have outstanding leadership at our university, and there is no question that they have played a key role in helping us build our program. Our fans have also been a very important part of the process, and we'll continue to work hard to make them proud and excited to follow their Tigers."
The new deal does not affect Pinkel's guaranteed salary. He is still set to make $2.35 million per year. However, the extension does add $100,000 to his annuity and increases the salary pool for his assistants from $2.101 million to $2.262 million. Athletics director Mike Alden was happy to announce the Board of Curators had approved the extension.
"We're very pleased to be able to do this for Gary and his staff. Over the past 10 seasons, they have done terrific work in raising the program which is recognized nationally as one of the tops in the nation academically and athletically. We share the pride that Mizzou fans all over the world feel for our football program, and not just solely related to the on-field results. Gary and his staff do things the right way. Their integrity is a shining example of how we want athletics to reflect positively on the University of Missouri."
Pinkel, who is 58 years old, is 77-49 in 10 seasons at Missouri. He has the third-most wins in school history. The Tigers have won 40 games in the past four seasons. They were 10-3 last year.