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Mizzou Coach Gary Pinkel Agrees to New Contract, $3.1 Million Salary

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Head coach Gary Pinkel of the Missouri Tigers celebrates the Tigers 41-31 victory against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the AT&T Cotton Bowl on January 3, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Head coach Gary Pinkel of the Missouri Tigers celebrates the Tigers 41-31 victory against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the AT&T Cotton Bowl on January 3, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Mizzou head football coach Gary Pinkel, the winningest coach in the school’s history, will continue patrolling the sideline a while longer.

The University of Missouri System Board of Curators has approved an amended contract for Pinkel that will keep him at Mizzou through Dec. 31, 2020. Pinkel’s salary will increase to $3.1 million, up from $2.8 million, and his assistant coaching staff will receive an increase in their salary pool to $3.2 million, up from the previous amount of $2.66 million.

In 2013, Pinkel’s Tigers went 12-2 and won the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division title—his fourth division title in the past seven years—and reached the SEC Championship Game in the team’s second year in the league. Mizzou went on to win the 2014 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic and finish with a final ranking of fifth—the second-highest finish to a season in the Tigers’ history.

“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.”

With a record of 102-63 in 13 seasons at Mizzou, Pinkel passed legendary coach Don Faurot, who went 101-79-10 in 19 seasons at MU from 1935-42 and 1946-56. Pinkel’s overall career record as a head coach is 175-100-3 in 23 seasons.

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, as well as first-round NFL draft picks. 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.

“I’m very honored and proud to be the coach at Mizzou, and I appreciate the opportunity,” Pinkel said. “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.”

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