Rumored to be in the works for months, Missouri and its head football coach have reportedly come to an agreement on a new deal.
Citing multiple sources, PowerMizzou.com is reporting that Gary Pinkel has signed off on a new contract that will increase his pay from $2.8 million in 2013 to at or just north of $3 million annually. The Rivals.com website writes that “[t]he contract would not become official until all parties have signed and it has been approved by the University and the Board of Curators.”
A school official told CFT that an update on the status of the coach’s contract could come this week, although there’s been no official confirmation.
According to the site, the amount of years tacked on to the new agreement is unknown. Pinkel’s current deal runs through the 2017 season.
In 2013, Pinkel was just eighth among the 14 SEC coaches, ahead of only Florida’s Will Muschamp ($2.72 million), Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen ($2.7 million), Auburn’s Gus Malzahn ($2.44 million), Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze ($2 million), Kentucky’s Mark Stoops ($2 million) and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin ($1.84 million). Even with a bump that would put him at or slightly above $3 million, he’d still likely find himself behind the likes of South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier (3.3 million), Georgia’s Mark Richt ($3.2 million) and Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin ($3.1 million). In fact, three of those coaches mentioned — Malzahn ($3.85 million annually), Sumlin ($5 million), Spurrier ($4 million) and Freeze ($3 million) — have all received new contracts in the past few months, meaning that, even with a raise, Pinkel could still find himself somewhere between eighth and 10th in pay among SEC coaches.
In addition to Pinkel’s pay increase, the salary pool for his coaching staff is expected to be bolstered as well. Last season, Mizzou spent just over $2.6 million on assistants, a figure that was 10th in the conference. What dollar amount will be in play with the new salary pool is unknown.
Pinkel will be entering his 14th season with the Tigers, having compiled a 102-63 mark at the school. The Tigers are coming off one of its most successful seasons under Pinkel, a 12-2 record that included an SEC East championship, a spot in the conference title game and a Cotton Bowl win over Oklahoma State. That stunning success came on the heels of a 5-7 2012 season that included a 2-6 league record in the program’s first season in the SEC.