Two straight Southeastern Conference division titles netted Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel another raise Friday when the school announced a contract extension through 2021.
Pinkel, who has won more games than any other Tigers football coach with a 113-66 record, will make $4.02 million per year, an increase from $3.2 million in annual guaranteed compensation that was approved by the MU Board of Curators.
With the raise, Pinkel becomes the 10th of the 14 SEC football coaches to hit the $4 million mark. According to media reports, he trails Alabama’s Nick Saban ($7.16 million), Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin ($5 million), LSU’s Les Miles ($4.37 million) and Mississippi’s Hugh Freeze ($4.3 million). Pinkel is close to South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier, who made $4.016 million in 2014 and ahead of Georgia’s Mark Richt, Arkansas’ Bret Bielema and Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen, who recently received raises to $4 million.
Only 11 football coaches nationally made $4 million in 2014, according to USA Today.
“I want to thank Chancellor (R. Bowen) Loftin and (athletic director) Mike Alden for their continuing commitment and belief in what we are doing at Mizzou,” Pinkel said in a release. “We’ve shared some pretty amazing success together over the years, and as competitors we all know there’s more to be done.”
As part of the amended contract, Pinkel will be eligible for a maximum of $725,000 in incentives, which is down from $1.825 million under the old agreement.
Pinkel resurrected the Missouri football program since taking over in 2001. The Tigers have won five division crowns since 2007, including a share of three Big 12 North titles before joining the SEC in 2012.
Missouri has played in the SEC Championship Game each of the last two seasons as Eastern Division champion, going 14-2 in conference play during the regular season.
Pinkel, who coached 10 years at Toledo before his arrival in Columbia, ranks 25th in career victories in the NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision and ranks fourth among active coaches with an overall record of 186-103-3.
“The success of our football program has helped elevate the university’s national profile and Gary’s teams have provided some incredibly proud moments for all Missourians,” Loftin said in a release. “His commitment to excellence is exemplified not only in his on-field success, but in the academic achievements of his student-athletes and the high character young men who graduate from MU. This commitment to Gary is well-earned.”
Pinkel received a contract extension through 2020 last spring after Missouri’s first SEC East title. The Tigers’ five division crowns since 2007 is tied for most in the nation.
Pinkel, who was chosen SEC coach of the year by his peers last season, is 7-4 in bowl games, including three straight wins.
Missouri won the 2014 Cotton Bowl and 2015 Citrus Bowl, going 23-5 in the last two seasons, and has produced six first-round NFL Draft picks since 2009, which is the fourth most in the country.
The Tigers also are the only SEC team to earn top-10 marks in the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate the last two seasons.
“With the tremendous academic and competitive successes of our football program, including winning the last two SEC East championships, Gary is well-deserving of this extension,” said Alden, whose last day as athletic director is Sunday. “His impact on our students, athletic department and university are immeasurable and he represents what is great about Mizzou. I know the Tigers are in great hands for a long time to come.”
Alden’s successor, Mack Rhoades, takes over Monday. He was hired in early March after Alden announced his retirement Jan. 29.
“Coach Pinkel has established himself as one of the premier football coaches in America and he has certainly created a championship culture and tradition at Mizzou,” Rhoades said in a release. “I’m excited to get to work with Gary and help him and his staff continue their incredible run of success.”
Missouri’s 76 wins since 2007 are tied for the fifth most among schools from the Power 5 conferences.
“I’ve never been more excited to be here and to pursue excellence with such a great leadership team and such an amazing and dedicated coaching staff,” Pinkel said. “We’re excited to partner with Mack Rhoades going forward and continue to build a program that Mizzou fans will be proud of,” he said.
Changes in incentives
▪ Pinkel’s contract was amended to include an additional $200,000 for apparel, radio appearances, TV appearances and booster obligations plus an extra $20,000 for conducting a team camp compared to the 2014 extension.
▪ Pinkel will still receive a $250,000 bonus for core academic and social goals and an additional $100,000 for aspirational academic and social goals, which are determined along with Loftin and Rhoades.
▪ Under the old contract, Pinkel received a $50,000 bonus for sharing the SEC East division title, $100,000 for reaching the SEC Championship Game and $200,000 for a conference title. Now, Pinkel will receive $25,000 for an appearance in the SEC Championship Game and $50,000 for winning it.
▪ The old bowl-game incentives were $100,000 for a non-playoff bowl, $150,000 for a tier-two bowl, such as the Citrus Bowl, $200,000 for making the College Football Playoff, $400,000 for reaching the national title game and $450,000 for winning a national championship. The new bowl-game incentives are $25,000 for any non-playoff bowl, $100,000 for being selected to the College Playoff, $200,000 for reaching the title game and $250,000 for a national championship.
▪ Pinkel’s bonuses for winning SEC coach of the year or national coach of the year were cut in half to $25,000 and $50,000, respectively.
▪ Pinkel no longer receives a bonus for nine or more wins, for ticket revenue or for finishing ranked in the College Football Playoffs poll.