Gary Pinkel: 'I'm staying at Missouri'

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

Gary Pinkel couldn't be clearer about his future plans
Gary Pinkel couldn't be clearer about his future plans. (USATSI)

I suppose it was only a matter of time before Missouri coach Gary Pinkel's name came up in the coaching search at Washington. After all, before accepting his first head coaching job at Toledo in 1991, Pinkel spent 13 seasons at Washington as everything from a tight ends coach, a wide receivers coach, and eventually, as offensive coordinator.

But with Missouri preparing to play Auburn for an SEC title this week, Pinkel didn't waste any time putting the rumors to rest.

"I'll be quite frank, I'm staying at Missouri," said Pinkel on ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike Thursday.

Of course, that's a bit of a change in tune from what Pinkel didn't say on Tuesday. When he was asked about the job during a press conference on Tuesday Pinkel just ended the press conference.

Still, if he's saying it now you'd think that settles that, but this is a college football coaching search we're talking about here. A coach saying he's not interested in a job doesn't always keep his name from popping up in rumors. Though it was reported in 2008 that Pinkel turned down the chance to interview at Washington before the school eventually hired Steve Sarkisian. So if Pinkel wasn't interested then, I'm not sure why things would change now, particularly with Missouri just winning the SEC East.

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