Gary Pinkel guaranteed thru 2017
by MizzMatt - 4/8/11 on Twitter @mizzou_matt
Columbia, MO- Gary Pinkel has become the Charlie Sheen of Mizzou. The Board of Curators approved today a two-year contract extension for the football coach to carry him through the 2017 season. Included in the deal was a raise for his assistant coaching salary pool, from $2.101 million to $2.262 million. Pinkel himself makes $2.35 million a year.
Off the field, Pinkel has graduated 63 of 67 student athletes, an impressive 94% rate. Over the past couple of weeks, MU athletic director Mike Alden has made it a point to drive home that we want to graduate our students, first, so it is no surprise that the mutigers.com article regarding Pinkel's extension has an entire paragraph dedicated to the success rate of his off-field leadership.
"I'm very grateful for the support," said Pinkel. "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."