Missouri extends Pinkel through 2020 season

Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Updated: 3/07/2014 8:55 am

Columbia, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - The University of Missouri rewarded head football coach Gary Pinkel will a contract extension that will keep him with the school through the 2020 season.

With the new agreement, Pinkel's guaranteed salary will increase $300,000 to $3.1 million.

Last season, the Tigers went 12-2 and won the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division title, reaching the SEC Championship Game in the program's second year in the league.

Mizzou also defeated Oklahoma State, 41-31, in the Cotton Bowl, finishing with a final ranking of fifth - the second-highest finish to a season by any Tiger team.

"I'm very honored and proud to be the coach at Mizzou, and I appreciate the opportunity," said Pinkel. "We will work very hard to continue to build our program and to graduate our players. It's important for our program to keep moving forward and build on a solid foundation. I'm pleased that my assistant coaches continue to get recognized for the work they do. We are fortunate to have a great staff at Mizzou."

The Cotton Bowl victory was also historic, as it made Pinkel the winningest coach in Mizzou history. With a record of 102-63 in 13 seasons, Pinkel passed legendary coach Don Faurot, who went 101-79-10 in 19 seasons.

"It is important for us to be able to recognize what Gary and his staff have achieved for the University of Missouri," said Director of Athletics Mike Alden. "We're very grateful to the Board of Curators and University leadership for their support of our program, which is among the best in the nation both academically and competitively."

Since 2007, Mizzou is the only program in the country to rank in the top-10 nationally in wins, while also ranking in the top-five in both Academic Progress Rate.

Mizzou Athletics is currently in the midst of a $200 million facilities improvement process - largely related to football - as a sign of its commitment to competing in the SEC and on the national level.

Also part of the deal is in increase in the assistant coaching staff salary pool from $2.66 million to $3.2 million.

39° Cloudy Feels Like: 28° F
High: 69° F
Low: 34° F
Wind: NNW 23 mph

Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
Mobile advertising for this site is available on Local Ad Buy.
Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's FCC public inspection file should contact: WXXV TV Attn: Bobby Edwards 14351 Highway 49 Gulfport, MS 39503 Phone: 228-831-5200 Email: bedwards@wxxv25.com or Donna Ingram Phone: 228-831-5201 Email: dkgingram@wxxv25.com. To view our public file, visit the 'About WXXV' link at the top of this page. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 1-888-225-5322 or fccinfo@fcc.gov.

Copyright © 2015 WXXV-TV and Morris Networks of MS All Rights Reserved