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Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel pads his pocketbook with bonuses

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel aleady has qualified for hundreds of thousands of dollars in bonuses and could earn more.
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel aleady has qualified for hundreds of thousands of dollars in bonuses and could earn more. Kansas City Star

Gary Pinkel already was a rich man, but Friday’s win against Arkansas further padded his pocketbook.

Pinkel earned at least $200,000 in bonuses when Missouri reached 10 wins and earned a berth in the SEC Championship Game.

Depending on ticket revenue for the 2014 season, which presumably spiked with MU’s second sellout of the season for the Battle Line Rivalry win against the Razorbacks, that figure could climb higher.

Pinkel receives a bonus based on home game ticket receipts — $150,000 if the sales are at least $15 million or 1 percent of the revenue if sales top $15.5 million.

Based on the extension he signed after the 2013 season, Pinkel received $3.17 million for coaching the Tigers in 2014, a figure that bumps up $100,000 each season through 2020.

Additionally, Pinkel received $300,000 of previously deferred compensation on March 1 and is entitled to another $300,000 from the university-controlled fund on March 1, 2015.

Pinkel’s contract calls for a $100,000 bonus in any season Missouri wins the SEC East division and advances to the SEC Championship Game.

MU also will provide $60,000 for Pinkel to divvy up among his staff.

Pinkel also receives a bonus for any season in which the Tigers win at least nine games.

He was in line for $50,000 minimum after Missouri beat Tennessee, but that bonus doubled to $100,000 with the victory against Arkansas.

By advancing to the SEC Championship Game, the Tigers also played their way into a Tier 2 bowl game as MU won’t slide beyond the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus, Outback, Gator, Texas, Music City, Belk or Liberty Bowls in the SEC pecking order.

Pinkel earns $100,000 for any bowl appearance, but that figure jumps to $150,000 if it’s a Tier 2 bowl.

His nine assistant coaches — associate head coach/quarterbacks coach Andy Hill, associate head coach/defensive coordinator Dave Steckel, offensive coordinator Josh Henson, cornerbacks coach Cornell Ford, safeties coach Alex Grinch, running backs coach Brian Jones, defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski, offensive line coach A.J. Ricker and wide receivers coach Pat Washington — are in line to receive two months’ salary as a bonus by making a Tier 2 bowl.

There are plenty more incentives available for Pinkel and his staff:

▪ Pinkel would earn an additional $100,000 plus an extra $5,000 for his staff’s bonus pool if No. 17 Missouri, 10-2, beats No. 1 Alabama, 11-1, in the SEC Championship Game, which kicks off at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

▪ If Missouri were to make a College Football Playoff bowl, Pinkel’s bowl-game bonus becomes $200,000 and his staff receives three months’ salary.

That would include a national semifinal, which are the Rose and Sugar Bowls this season, but it also includes the Orange, Fiesta, Cotton and Chick-fil-A Bowls — matchups that will be determined by the College Football Playoff committee.

▪ If MU were to make the national semifinals and advance to the College Football Playoff national championship, as unlikely as that scenario might be, Pinkel’s bonus doubles to $400,000.

His assistants still receive three months’ salary.

Win a national title? Pinkel gets an extra $50,000 and each assistant receives an extra months’ salary.

▪ For each win the Tigers pick up the remainder of the season, Pinkel receives an extra $50,000 in bonus money.

▪ If Pinkel is voted SEC coach of the year by his peers or the Associated Press, he receives $50,000.

▪ Pinkel also receives $100,00 if he’s chosen as the national coach of the year by the American Football Coaches Association or Associated Press.

▪ Finally, if Missouri finishes in the final College Football Playoff top 25, Pinkel earns $50,000 — double that if the Tigers crack the top 10.

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at @todpalmer.

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