Coach Pinkel gets a raise

Following a season in which his team won the Cotton Bowl, Mizzou Head Football Coach Gary Pinkel has received a raise.

The Board of Curators approved an amended contract for Coach Pinkel through the year 2020. With the new agreement, Pinkelâ??s guaranteed salary will increase to $3.1 million, up from $2.8 million. His assistant coaching staff will receive an increase as well.

The Tigers went 12-2 last season and won the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division title, reaching the SEC Championship Game in the programâ??s second year in the league. Mizzou would go on to win the 2014 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, and finish with a final ranking of fifth â?? the second-highest finish to a season by any Tiger team.

The Cotton Bowl victory made Pinkel the winningest coach in Mizzou history, with a record of 102-63 in 13 seasons. Pinkelâ??s overall career record as a head coach sits at 175-100-3 in 23 seasons.

â??It is important for us to be able to recognize what Gary and his staff have achieved for the University of Missouri,â?? said Director of Athletics Mike Alden. â??Weâ??re very grateful to the Board of Curators and University leadership for their support of our program, which is among the best in the nation both academically and competitively,â?? he said.

â??Iâ??m very honored and proud to be the coach at Mizzou, and I appreciate the opportunity,â?? said Pinkel. â??We will work very hard to continue to build our program and to graduate our players. Itâ??s important for our program to keep moving forward and build on a solid foundation. Iâ??m pleased that my assistant coaches continue to get recognized for the work they do. We are fortunate to have a great staff at Mizzou,â?? he said.