Missouri, Pinkel agree on new contract - KMOV.com

Missouri, Pinkel agree on new contract

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri and Gary Pinkel agreed Tuesday to terms on a seven-year contract that guarantees the Tigers' football coach $2.3 million per season through 2015.

Athletic director Mike Alden said the new deal begins on Jan. 1. Pinkel's previous contract would have expired on Dec. 31, 2012.

The new contract is an increase of $450,000 from the deal the 56-year-old Pinkel signed last December. Pinkel has led the 12th-ranked Tigers to a 21-4 record the last two seasons, winning the Big 12 North each year.

Missouri is 9-2 heading into the regular season finale against Kansas on Saturday at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium.

Pinkel is 58-39 in his eighth season at Missouri, and is the longest-tenured coach in the conference. He has a career record of 131-76-3 in 18 seasons as a head coach.

"We are very pleased to have a man with the integrity and character of Gary Pinkel representing our university, and our athletic department, alumni and fans," Alden said in a statement. "It is gratifying to know that our university leadership shares the same excitement about Gary and what he's done.

"I believe this is a comprehensive statement that we have made about our commitment to winning and doing things the right way."

Missouri has won 30 of its last 39 games under Pinkel, and its win total the last two seasons is tied for the most in the nation. The school's attendance for six home games was the most since the 1982 season, including three consecutive sellouts for the first time in recorded school history.

The consecutive division titles are the first for Missouri in football since 1941-42. The Tigers are set to play in their fourth straight bowl game for the first time since 1978-81.

"I would like to thank our outstanding leadership within the university for this opportunity," Pinkel said in a statement. "They're making a statement to the nation that we are committed to excellence at Mizzou.

"I look forward to finishing out my career at Mizzou."

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