Gary Pinkel is one win from matching Dan Devine for second place in career coaching victories at Missouri.
Now in his 13th season with the Tigers, Pinkel is 92-61 overall (.601 winning percentage) and has guided Missouri to a record eight bowl game appearances.
Devin went 93-37-7 (.704) in 13 seasons with the Tigers from 1958-70.
Missouri’s career coaching victory leader is Don Faurot, whose name adorns the field at Memorial Stadium. He went 101-79-10 in 19 seasons from 1935-42 and 1946-56.
Just don’t ask Pinkel what it means to be closing in on the Tigers’ most revered and legendary football coaches.
“Those two guys are legends here and those guys are people I put up here,” Pinkel said, raising his hand over his head. “I’m just a ball coach here at Missouri trying to do my job and get it done. I have remarkable respect for both those guys.”
Pinkel said he hasn’t given any thought to the importance of catching Devine, which the Tigers hope to do Saturday during the season’s first road test at Indiana.
“I don’t ever, ever think about that stuff,” Pinkel said. “I just don’t ever do that. I’m the coach here and I want to stay the coach here and keep winning and fulfill the responsibility I had when I took this job.”