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Mizzou gives Gary Pinkel a new extension

On his last business day as Missouri Athletic Director, Mike Alden took care of one important piece of business.

Mizzou Athletics announced an extension for head football coach Gary Pinkel. The man with the most wins in MU football history will now make more than $4.02 million annually in guaranteed money. Pinkel is also signed through December 2021. The deal was approved by the UM Board Of Curators this week.

“I want to thank Chancellor Loftin and Mike Alden for their continuing commitment and belief in what we are doing at Mizzou,” said Pinkel in a prepared statement through the University. “We’ve shared some pretty amazing success together over the years, and as competitors we all know there’s more to be done.”

The new agreement will lower Coach Pinkel’s incentive money. The new incentive total will be $725,000, down from $1,825,000. Under his new deal, if Mizzou were to win a national title, Pinkel would receive a $250,000 bonus. In the previous contract, that same incentive would be a $450,000 bonus.

“I’ve never been more excited to be here and to pursue excellence with such a great leadership team, and such an amazing and dedicated coaching staff,” Pinkel continues in his statement. “We’re excited to partner with Mack Rhoades going forward and continue to build a program that Mizzou fans will be proud of.”

With the new deal, Pinkel is now the sixth highest paid coach in the SEC. Pinkel also ranks ahead of Alabama’s Nick Saban tops everyone, as he made $7.166 million dollars last year according to USA Today.

After Pinkel signed his new contract, the SEC now has 10 coaches making at least $4 million per year.

Gary Pinkel has 113 wins in 14 seasons at Missouri, the most in school history. He ranks fourth among active coaches in career wins (186). He recently guided the Tigers to back-to-back SEC East titles. Missouri also won the Cotton Bowl in 2014, and Citrus Bowl in 2015.

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