WEEK 11!! it’s been totally a unusual week in the life of Missouri football, same as Friday afternoon when the school announced a bombshell announcement that their longtime coach Gary Pinkel would resign at the end of this season due to health concerns.
The coach has been receiving lymphoma treatments since spring. Pinkel has won 117 games since joining at Missouri in 2001 but the Tigers are only 4-5 this season. Pinkel driven the program into the SEC, where it has won successive East Division titles.
Missouri Tiger’s becomes the second open job in the SEC East, joining South Carolina. It becomes the ninth Power 5 opening in this cycle, though Minnesota did remove Tracy Claeys’ intermediate tag this week.
The conference change should be improving with resources — and the hire in January of AD Mack Rhoades, a flourishing star in administrative circles –the Mizzou job belongs on the same strata as Miami, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.
Gary Pinkel, 63, currently works for the University of Missouri Tigers football team as head coach. Since arriving at Missouri Pinkel has guided the Tigers to ten bowl games in fifteen years, winning six. The first was in 2003, a 27–14 loss to Arkansas, and the second was a thrilling 38–31 come-from-behind win over the University of South Carolina on December 30, 2005.
Pinkel’s other accomplishments while at Mizzou include ending the Tigers 24-year losing streak to Nebraska in 2003 with a 41–24 win in Columbia. The two schools have had an intense rivalry since this win, with Missouri falling short in the series only 3–4, until both schools left the conference.
Pinkel guided the Tigers to a 12–2 season with an average of 40 points per game, a Big 12 North Championship, and a 38–7 Cotton Bowl Classic victory over Arkansas in the 2007 season. Pinkel guided his Tigers to a second consecutive Big 12 North title and a chance to have back to back double digit win seasons in 2008 season.
Tigers to their first win under Pinkel over the Oklahoma Sooners since 1998, winning 36–27 on October 23, 2010. In that season the Tigers finished the regular season 10-2 (6-2 Big 12) and tied Nebraska for the Big 12 North Championship, Mizzou’s 3rd in 4 years.
In the 2013 season, Pinkel entered as the third-winningest coach in Mizzou history, behind only Hall of Famers Don Faurot and Dan Devine.
Tigers have a winning percentage of .631, have notched 10 winning seasons and appeared in 10 bowl games in the 2015 college football season.
And finally, on November 13, 2015, Pinkel announced he will be retiring at the end of the season.
Now the question is:Who will Rhoades and the school target to replace Pinkel?