Gary Pinkel’s bonus check is at $200,000 and climbing

12/03/2013 1:17 PM

12/03/2013 1:17 PM

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.

He earned a $50,000 bonus for guiding Missouri to Saturday’s 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 it’s the BCS National Championship Game — and his nine assistants would receive the equivalent of three-month’s base salary as a lump-sum bonus.

Bring home a national title, and those bonuses jump to $250,000 for Pinkel and four-month’s base salary for his assistant coaches.

If Missouri winds up outside the BCS, the bonus will be $75,000 and one-month’s 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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