Today Missouri will take on BYU at 7:30 looking for their fifth win of the season. They will be playing this game with a little more fire, after head coach Gary Pinkel will be retiring at the end of the season due to his lymphoma. Pinkel was diagnosed back in May, but decided that he would continue coaching. The coach said he would reassess his decision during the season and made the decision to finish after this year during the bye week. Pinkel says that that the lymphoma is not affecting his coaching and it is manageable, but he wants to spend his time with his wife and children.
Gary Pinkel’s first head coaching job was at Toledo, where he finished with an overall record of 73-37-3. He also won three MAC west division titles and a MAC conference championship in 1995. His 1995 team finished 24th in the AP poll and was one of three undefeated teams that season. Following the 2000 season he became the Head Coach of Missouri. While at Missouri he completely changed the program around, accomplishing great feats during his time. He won three BIG 12 championships and back to back SEC championships. In 2007 he led the Tigers to the number one ranking in country at the end of the regular season. Many of his players have found success outside of college as well. since 2002 26 of Pinkel’s players have been drafted, and he has had seven first rounders since 2009. Gary Pinkel already has the most wins in Missouri history with 117. Pinkel is one of the best coaches in football and it is a shame that he will be gone, but it is a great decision to spend time with his family and remain focused on staying healthy. We at N2K wish you the best Coach Pinkel.