Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel announces separation from his wife

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel has announced that he is separated from his wife, Vicki. Pinkel released a statement Friday.

"I am saddened to say that my wife and I separated at the beginning of this year. Thank you to family and friends who have shown us support. I would ask that you please respect the privacy of the entire Pinkel family during this difficult time."

Gary and Vicki Pinkel were college sweethearts at Kent State. They married in 1973. The couple has three children.

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