Christopher Smith

Report: Missouri Coach Gary Pinkel Gets New Contract

Created on Mar. 04, 2014 12:40 PM EST

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel will get a new contract with a raise and more money for his assistant coaches, reported Monday.

Missouri went 12-2 in 2013, winning the SEC East and the Cotton Bowl. Pinkel is 102-63 in 13 seasons at the school.

The new contract, expected to be finalized Wednesday, reportedly will pay at least $3 million annually. Several other SEC coaches have gotten raises this offseason, meaning Pinkel may remain close to the eighth-highest paid coach in the conference that he was in 2013.

His previous deal ran through 2017, though the length of the new contract has not yet been reported.

Pinkel survived at Missouri despite DUI in 2011 and a messy, somewhat public divorce in 2012 laced with some Bobby Petrino-like rumors. The Tigers also went just 2-6 in the SEC after moving from the Big 12 in 2012, but recovered in a major way this season.

Pinkel also deserves some credit for his handling of Michael Sam announcing his sexual orientation to the team prior to the 2013 season. Pinkel issued no private mandates to keep quiet and instead leaned heavily on the team's leaders.

Missouri is considered a contender again in 2014 in a convoluted SEC East. Despite the expiring eligibility of quarterback James Franklin, the Tigers have some talented receivers and a young quarterback with some big-game experience in Maty Mauk.

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