Missouri makes Pinkel latest $4 million coach in SEC

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Missouri has extended football coach Gary Pinkel's contract through the 2019 season and upped his yearly salary to $4.02 million, making him the 10th Southeastern Conference coach to have a yearly salary of at least $4 million.

Pinkel is headed into his 15th season at Missouri and is already the winningest coach in school history with 113 victories. He was making $3.2 million per year. The new agreement adjusts Pinkel's maximum performance incentives down to $725,000 from $1.825 million in his previous deal.

The 62-year-old Pinkel has led the Tigers to SEC East titles the last two years. Missouri, which joined the SEC in 2012, has won five division titles under Pinkel, including three in the Big 12.

Pinkel thanked outgoing athletic director Mike Alden and Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin for their commitment to him and his program.

''I've never been more excited to be here and to pursue excellence with such a great leadership team, and such an amazing and dedicated coaching staff,'' Pinkel said in a statement.

Pinkel was coach of the year in the SEC last year, guiding the Tigers to an 11-3 finish and Citrus Bowl win after being picked fourth in the division.

Incoming athletic director Mack Rhoades said Pinkel has created a championship culture at Mizzou.

''I'm excited to get to work with Gay and help him and his staff continue their incredible run of success,'' Rhoades said.

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