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Amid UW rumors, Gary Pinkel says he’s ‘staying at Missouri’

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As Gary Pinkel spent 13 of the first 17 years of his coaching career at Washington, it was only natural he would be connected to the job when it came open earlier this week.  Pinkel waxed eloquently upon the passing of Don James about what the legendary UW head coach and his time with the Huskies meant to him and his career, leading some to connect further Columbia-to-Seattle dots.

At least publicly, though, the Missouri head coach maintains he’s going to remain just that.

Appearing on ESPN‘s Mike & Mike radio show Thursday morning, Pinkel was asked about the speculation that he could leave the Tigers and head back “home” to the Huskies.  Unequivocally, the coach said he’s staying put.

Pinkel is in his 13th season at Mizzou.  After a rough first season in the SEC last year that had some placing him firmly on the hot seat entering 2013, Pinkel has the Tigers ranked fifth in the country and playing for a conference championship this weekend against Auburn.

In 2008, Pinkel reportedly turned down an opportunity to interview for the Huskies vacancy in 2008.  The job ultimately went to Steve Sarkisian, who left earlier this week to take over as the head coach at USC.

Late Wednesday night, the Seattle Times reported that UW’s top two targets to replace Sarkisian are Boise State’s Chris Petersen and Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier.

Petersen was long considered one of the Trojans’ top targets to permanently replace Lane Kiffin — perhaps even the top target — before reportedly withdrawing his name from consideration.  Prior to spending 2012 and 2013 as the Tide’s coordinator, Nussmeier held the same job for three years under Sarkisian with the Huskies.

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10 Responses to “Amid UW rumors, Gary Pinkel says he’s ‘staying at Missouri’”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 5, 2013 10:46 AM

    Poor Chris Peterson…. EVERY time there is an opening, he has to squash speculation he might be moving.

    But might it be time that he move on from Boise… they haven’t relevant nationally for a few years now and nobody wants to broadcast their games anymore because that blue turf is just so hard to look at.

  2. tigersfandan says: Dec 5, 2013 10:50 AM

    It is time for Petersen to move on, provided he wants to. He’s not going to be a hot name forever.

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 5, 2013 11:03 AM

    Maybe he should move to UW where ironically, the grass is actually greener…

  4. kcrobert10 says: Dec 5, 2013 12:14 PM

    I was one of the ones calling for pinkle to go. Not that I don’t like him or the things he has done for Missouri but I was more concerned about the fact he has no conference championships or bcs bowl games to his credit. That can change Saturday. Also if he wins Saturday he will be the all time winingest coach in mizzou history. Congrats coach and may the future in Columbia be as great as this past yr has been.

  5. Deb says: Dec 5, 2013 12:35 PM

    Right now, Pinkel has other things on his mind. Wish there was a magic pixie dust that prevented the media from speculating about coaches whose seasons aren’t over.

  6. sportsdrenched says: Dec 5, 2013 1:00 PM

    As we saw with Sarkesian….these comments to the media about potential jobs mean nothing. Thanks, but I’ll wait till there is press conferences before I beleive a coach is staying or going. And even then, in a few cases, that’s not even a sure thing.

    Although, I think if I’m Pinkel, I stay at Mizzou.

  7. sportsbastard says: Dec 5, 2013 1:21 PM

    No reason to leave a better job, with better players, in a better conference for u-dub.

  8. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 5, 2013 2:00 PM

    Smart move. Better recruiting and maybe less pressure at Mizzu. He has proven they can compete.

    UW- Peterson just turned down USC. I don’t think you have a chance. Sorry.

  9. Jew Bledsoe says: Dec 5, 2013 3:22 PM

    Sucks to be a UW fan these days. Mora and Pinkel were top 2 on my wish list, Peterson a distant third. Turns out, we won’t get any, and will probably resort to a desperate, pathetic “upstart” coordinator hire with far less impressive credentials than Sarkisian did coming in. Is Dennis Erickson still alive? Maybe we could him a call. Damn you Sark! ;_;

  10. ratsfoiledagain says: Dec 5, 2013 3:43 PM

    Pinkel wasn’t going to take the job. At age 61 I don’t think he would want to move since he’s settled and pretty entrenched at Missouri.

    From my outside perspective, I think he can stay as long as he wants, but I don’t know the ins & outs of his program, the AD and fans feelings about him, etc.

    If it was 10 years ago, maybe he would have thought about it.

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