Missouri gives Gary Pinkel a contract extension

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

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Gary Pinkel has gone 102-63 in his 13 seasons at Missouri. (USATSI)

Coming into the 2013 season Gary Pinkel was mentioned as a coach on the hot seat. Missouri was coming off a 5-7 season in 2012, it's first year in the SEC, and many fans wondered if Pinkel would make it through a second.

Well, a 12-2 record and an SEC East title later, it turns out Pinkel will be making it through quite a few more seasons, as Missouri announced they'd extended Pinkel's contract on Thursday.

“I'm very honored and proud to be the coach at Mizzou, and I appreciate the opportunity,” said Pinkel in the official release. “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 deal, which runs through 2020, will see Pinkel get a raise from the $2.8 million he made in 2013 to $3.1 million in 2014, with a $100,000 raise each season. Pinkel also has more money to give his assistants, as the salary pool for Mizzou coaches was raised from $2.66 million to $3.2 million. Pinkel can also earn another $1.825 million in incentives, including $100,000 for another SEC East title, $200,000 for an SEC title and $450,000 for a national title.

In 13 seasons at Missouri Pinkel's teams have gone 102-63 with nine bowl appearances.

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