Gary Pinkel signs contract extension

Friday, April 8, 2011 | 11:23 a.m. CDT; updated 11:56 a.m. CDT, Friday, April 8, 2011

COLUMBIA – The UM System Board of Curators has approved a two-year contract extension for Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel that will keep him on the Tiger's sideline through 2017.  The extension was announced Friday by MU's department of athletics.

Pinkel's previous contract was set to expire on Dec. 31, 2015. The board's action didn't affect his guaranteed salary, but with the new agreement, MU will contribute an additional $100,000 to Pinkel's annuity and increase the salary pool for his assistant coaches to $2.2 million. Pinkel's guaranteed salary is currently $2.35 million.

Missouri's football team won 40 games in its 2007-2010 seasons — the 10th-highest win total in the nation in that period. The Tigers have been to six consecutive bowl games — seven overall — under Pinkel’s coaching; his teams have won 10 or more games in three of the last four seasons.

The Tigers are coming off a 2010 season where they went 10-3 overall, including a 6-2 mark in conference play.

Pinkel, 58, is 77-49 overall in 10 seasons at Missouri, which gives him the third-most wins in the school's history.

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