Missouri extends football coach Gary Pinkel through 2020

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Columbia, MO, United States (4E Sports) – For leading Missouri to a 12-2 record and the SEC title, Gary Pinkel has been rewarded with a new contract extension that runs through 2020.

Under the new deal, Pinkel will get a raise in base salary from $2.8 million to $3.1 million, with a $100,000 raise each season.

Pinkel can also earn another $1.825 million in incentives, including $100,000 for another SEC East title, $200,000 for an SEC title and $450,000 for a national title.

If he leaves before the end of the contract, Pinkel has to pay the school a $500,000 buyout. Should he be fired, he would be owed $350,000 for every year remaining on the contract.

“I’m very honored and proud to be the coach at Mizzou, and I appreciate the opportunity,” Pinkel said. “We will work very hard to continue to build our program and graduate our players. It’s important for our program to keep moving forward and build on a solid foundation.”

Pinkel also has more money to give his assistants, as the salary pool for Mizzou coaches was raised from $2.66 million to $3.2 million.

Defensive coordinator Dave Steckel remains the highest-paid assistant with a salary of $600,000, offensive coordinator Josh Henson will make $550,000 and quarterbacks coach Andy Hill will make $357,500.

Defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski will make $299,500, cornerbacks coach Cornell Ford will make $297,500, co-offensive line coach Bruce Walker will make $287,000 and running backs coach Brian Jones will make $282,500.

Rounding out the assistants’ raises are receivers coach Pat Washington and safety coach Alex Grinch, who will make $275,000 and $251,000, respectively.

“When we do the things that we do in athletics, we’re a self sustaining type of area,” athletic director Mike Alden said. “The only funding that comes to athletics is a little over $200,000 for our $75-$80 million budget.”

In 13 seasons at Missouri Pinkel’s teams have gone 102-63 with nine bowl appearances.

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