Missouri officially announced Gary Pinkel’s new contract details today.
Missouri announced Pinkel’s contract has been extended through 2020, and his base salary has been increased to $3.1 million. Along with Pinkel’s increased pay, the salary pool for his assistant coaches increased from $2.66 million to $3.2 million.
“It is important for us to be able to recognize what Gary and his staff have achieved for the University of Missouri,” said Director of Athletics Mike Alden in a released statement. “We’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.”
“I’m very honored and proud to be the coach at Mizzou, and I appreciate the opportunity,” said Pinkel. “It’s important for our program to keep moving forward and build on a solid foundation. I’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.”
College football is all about the right head coach, and when schools have him, they have to pay him. Pinkel is coming off one of the biggest turnaround seasons in college football, from 5-7 to 12-2 and SEC East division champions.
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Here’s how Pinkel’s pay compares to the current salaries of SEC head coaches:
*Note: Nick Saban has reportedly received an extension and raise to $7 million, but it hasn’t been officially announced yet. Also Vanderbilt new head coach Derek Mason’s salary isn’t made public because Vanderbilt is a private institution.
|Nick Saban||Alabama||$5.62 million*|
|Kevin Sumlin||Texas A&M||$5 million|
|Les Miles||LSU||$4.3 million|
|Steve Spurrier||South Carolina||$4.0 million|
|Gus Malzahn||Auburn||$3.85 million|
|Bret Bielema||Arkansas||$3.2 million|
|Mark Richt||Georgia||$3.2 million|
|Gary Pinkel||Missouri||$3.1 million|
|Hugh Freeze||Ole Miss||$3.0 million|
|Will Muschamp||Florida||$3.0 million|
|Butch Jones||Tennessee||$3.0 million|
|Dan Mullen||Mississippi State||$2.65 million|
|Mark Stoops||Kentucky||$2.2 million|
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