University of Missouri

Gary Pinkel on Washington job: ‘I’m a Missouri Tiger and I’m going to stay a Missouri Tiger’

Updated: 2013-12-06T06:01:44Z

The Kansas City Star

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel on Thursday addressed the open position at Washington, where he was an assistant coach for 12 years under his mentor, the late Don James.

“I’ll be quite frank,” Pinkel said on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike,” “I’m staying at the University of Missouri.”

“I, with the administration’s help, can continue to build a national program and (can continue) the quest for national championships.

“I’m a Missouri Tiger and I’m going to stay a Missouri Tiger.”

Missouri athletic director Mike Alden said in a statement Thursday that he would meet with Pinkel after the season to “focus on ways to build on” the success of the football program, which is in Saturday’s SEC championship game, and “recognize the significant contributions Gary and his staff have made to our program.”

In April 2011, Pinkel received a contract extension through 2017 and more money for his assistant coaches.

Alden told The Star on Monday that Pinkel has “done such amazing things at Missouri” and noted the “millions of dollars” of ongoing and upcoming construction toward “building something special.”

“I’m looking forward to working with him for a long time,” Alden said.

Pinkel interviewed for the Washington head coaching job in 1999, before he became MU’s coach, but was not believed to have interviewed when the Huskies’ job became open again in 2008. Pinkel is tied with Don Faurot for most career coaching victories at MU with 101.

As of Monday night, Alden told The Star that MU had not heard from Washington. Asked if he was concerned, Alden said that often having a name of a coach out there is “just a recognition of success.”

The Star’s Vahe Gregorian contributed to this report.

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