Missouri coach Gary Pinkel has already earned $200,000 in bonuses for the Tigers 11-1 season and could make even more under the terms of his contract if they keep winning.
By TOD PALMER
The Kansas City Star
He earned a $50,000 bonus for guiding Missouri to Saturdays SEC championship game against Auburn in Atlanta and his staff nine assistant coaches and three others will share a $60,000 bonus, which bumps up to $65,000 with a win against Auburn.
Pinkel also has earned a $25,000 bonus for reaching 11 victories this season and a $125,000 bonus because the Tigers average home attendance (63,505) was higher than 55,000.
If the Tigers are selected for a BCS game, Pinkel receives an additional $100,000 $150,000 if its the BCS National Championship Game and his nine assistants would receive the equivalent of three-months base salary as a lump-sum bonus.
Bring home a national title, and those bonuses jump to $250,000 for Pinkel and four-months base salary for his assistant coaches.
If Missouri winds up outside the BCS, the bonus will be $75,000 and one-months base salary as a lump-sum bonus for his assistants.
Pinkel, 61, signed a two-year contract extension in April 2011 that runs through the 2017 season. It pays him $2.6 million a year.
Among other contract bonuses Pinkel can trigger:
• SEC coach of the year, $25,000.
• National coach of the year (American Football Coaches Association or Associated Press), $50,000. Pinkel was announced Tuesday as a finalist for the Maxwell coach of the year award.
• Top 25 final BCS ranking ($50,000) or top 10 ranking ($75,000).
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