Missouri will pay $1.21 million in participation fees for football games with Missouri State and Southeast Missouri during the next five seasons, according to the terms of contracts obtained by The Star.
The Tigers will pay Southeast Missouri $385,000 to play in the 2015 season opener, which is scheduled for Sept. 5 at Memorial Stadium, under terms of a contract agreed to last September.
For the 2019 game, Missouri will pay Southeast Missouri $425,000.
The two schools reached that agreement in late February with the Tigers slated to host the Redhawks again Sept. 21, 2019.
Missouri also guaranteed Southeast Missouri 400 complimentary tickets, including seats for the Redhawks’ band, with the option to purchase an additional 4,000 tickets by July 1 before each year’s game.
Late last month, the Tigers also agreed to pay Missouri State $400,000 to play in the 2017 season opener.
Former Missouri defensive coordinator Dave Steckel, who was hired as the Bears’ new head coach in December, will bring his team to Memorial Stadium on Sept. 2, 2017.
Missouri State also receives 400 complimentary tickets with the option to purchase an additional 2,000 tickets by July 1, 2017.
The Tigers are 2-0 all-time against Southeast Missouri with wins in 1936 and 2008 and 1-0 against Missouri State with a win against then-Southwest Missouri State Teacher’s College in 1923.
Pinkel selected for MAC Hall of Fame
The Mid-American Conference announced Friday that Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel was selected to the MAC Hall of Fame.
The induction takes place May 27 during the MAC Honor’s Dinner at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel.
“That’s never on my goal list to be inducted into any Hall of Fame, but I’ve been fortunate to be inducted to a few …,” he said. “It’s something that, you’re honored to do it, but anytime you get an award like this, you also understand you had a lot of people that had a lot to do with me getting it. I’m very honored and flattered and appreciative that they chose me.”
Pinkel went 73-37-3 in 10 seasons at Toledo from 1991-2000 and is the program’s career coaching victory leader. He also played tight end at Kent State from 1971-73.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who played at Miami (Ohio), also is part of the 2015 induction class.
“I recruited him … so hopefully he’s at that deal, so I can have a discussion with him and get it taken care of,” Pinkel said.
Missouri postponed its SEC opener at Georgia on Friday because of rain and cold temperatures in Athens, Ga.
The Tigers and Bulldogs will play a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday instead.