Mizzou announces contract extension that raises Gary Pinkel’s salary to $3.1 million per year

03/06/2014 6:51 PM

03/06/2014 6:51 PM

The coach with the most wins in Missouri football history will be sticking around for a while longer after the university announced Thursday that it had reached a contract extension through the 2020 season with coach Gary Pinkel.

Under terms of the new deal, Pinkel’s annual base salary will increase from $2.35 million to $3.1 million per year. The deal was approved Wednesday when the MU Board of Curators met via teleconference.

Pinkel’s extension also provides for an increase in the salary pool for the Tigers’ nine assistant coaches from $2.262 million to $3.2 million.

After Missouri struggled in its first season in the SEC, going 5-7 overall and just 2-6 in conference play, the Tigers bounced back with authority in 2013.

Missouri, which went 12-2 last fall, won the SEC East division and earned a berth in the SEC Championship game en route to matching the program record for wins in a season.

The Tigers capped the season by knocking off Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl.

With that victory, Pinkel, 61, improved to 102-63 at Missouri, breaking a tie with Don Faurot for the most wins in school history.

Pinkel, who is 175-100-3 overall including his 10 seasons at Toledo, had been under contract through the 2017 season under terms of an extension signed in April 2011.

He made $2.8 million plus attendance and team-performance incentives worth an additional $350,000 during the 2013 season.

According to the USA Today college football coaches’ salaries database, Pinkel’s salary ranked No. 20 in the nation, but it was only eighth in the SEC ahead of Florida’s Will Muschamp, Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen, Auburn’s Gus Malzahn and Mississippi’s Hugh Freeze.

MU athletic director Mike Alden told reporters at the SEC Championship in early December in Atlanta that Missouri would look into extending Pinkel’s contract.

By mid-January, Pinkel, who did not speak to reporters Thursday, expressed frustration with the slow pace of negotiations.

Presumably, he is happy now that his assistant coaches received pay bumps.

Defensive coordinator Dave Steckel, who made $560,000 last season, received a raise to $600,000, which would be in the top 20 in the country last season.

Offensive coordinator Josh Henson received a raise from $510,000 to $550,000, while associate head coach Andy Hill received a raise to #357,500.

Defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski ($299,500), cornerbacks coach Cornell Ford ($297,500), co-offensive line coach Bruce Walker ($287,000), running backs coach Brian Jones ($282,500), wide receivers coach Pat Washington ($275,000) and safeties coach Alex Grinch ($251,000).

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