08 April 2011

Contract Extension

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. 

Pinkel's 10 seasons at Mizzou have brought a 77-49 overall record, a winning percentage of 61.1%, including seven trips to post season (3-4).  The Tigers 40 wins over the last four years is the 10th-highest mark nationally over that period of time.  Mizzou has finished with at least 10 wins, also with at least a share of the Big 12 North title in three of the last four seasons.  In 2007 and 2008, the Tigers recorded their first back-to-back 10-win seasons in program history, and the 2010 campaign was just the fourth 10-win season for the program.  In his 20 years as a head coach, Pinkel has gone 150-86-3 (63.4%) overall.

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."

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