April 25, 2015

Gary Pinkel gets a new contract from Mizzou through 2021. Will pay him over $4 million

Gary Pinkel gets a new contract

Gary Pinkel gets a new contract

The University of Missouri System Board of Curators has approved an amended contract for Head Football Coach Gary Pinkel that will keep him on the Mizzou sideline through Dec. 31, 2021.  Already the winningest coach in Mizzou history with 113 wins in 14 seasons, Pinkel will see an increase in his guaranteed salary to $4,020,000 per year, up from the previous $3,200,000 figure.

Pinkel is the 25th-winningest coach in NCAA FCS history (4th among active coaches), with his 186 career victories in 24 seasons overall.  His Tigers have won five conference divisional titles since 2007, which is tied for most in the nation during that stretch, and Mizzou’s 76 wins in that timeframe is tied for 5th-most nationally among Power 5 leagues.

Mizzou is coming off of back-to-back Southeastern Conference Eastern Division titles, with a combined 14-2 record within the league in 2013 and 2014.  His team was picked to finish fourth in the SEC East this past season, but exceeded expectations once again, on the way to an 11-3 overall record, which included the East title, as well as the Citrus Bowl championship.  Pinkel was named SEC Coach of the Year for his efforts by his league counterparts.

As part of the new agreement, maximum performance incentives for Pinkel have been adjusted to a total of $725,000, from the previous maximum potential of $1,825,000.

“The success of our football program has helped elevate the university’s national profile and Gary’s teams have provided some incredibly proud moments for all Missourians,” said MU Chancellor Dr. R. Bowen Loftin.  “His commitment to excellence is exemplified not only in his on-field success, but in the academic achievements of his student-athletes and the high character young men who graduate from MU.  This commitment to Gary is well-earned.”

“With the tremendous academic and competitive successes of our football program,” said Director of Athletics Mike Alden, “including winning the last two SEC East championships, Gary is well-deserving of this extension.  His impact on our students, athletic department and University are immeasurable and he represents what is great about Mizzou.  I know the Tigers are in great hands for a long time to come.”

“I want to thank Chancellor Loftin and Mike Alden for their continuing commitment and belief in what we are doing at Mizzou,” said Pinkel.  “We’ve shared some pretty amazing success together over the years, and as competitors we all know there’s more to be done.  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.  We’re excited to partner with Mack Rhoades going forward and continue to build a program that Mizzou fans will be proud of,” he said.

“Coach Pinkel has established himself as one of the premier football coaches in America and he has certainly created a championship culture and tradition at Mizzou,” said incoming Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades.  “I’m excited to get to work with Gary and help him and his staff continue their incredible run of success.”

Press release from Mizzou Athletics.

Tigers pick up their 8th straight win as Mizzou softball takes care of Missouri State on a pair of Roth HRs

Kelsea Roth

Kelsea Roth

No. 15 Mizzou Softball won its eighth straight on Thursday night, beating in-state rival Missouri State, 6-0. The Tigers improved to 8-0 on the season in midweek games and secured their 12th road win in 2015.  Credit to the Bears, the game  marked the first time in six games that the ranked Tigers had not run-ruled its opponent.

The Tigers put up a first inning run on two hits and a stolen base and tacked on an unearned run in the second.   Kelsea Roth hit a two-run home run in the third, and crushed her second two-run home run of the contest in the top of the fifth inning, tying her career-high with four RBI in the process. She has 41 career long balls and is now alone at fifth all-time on Mizzou’s career home run list.

Anderson bolsters up Mizzou’s basketball roster by signing a pair of JUCO transfers

Mizzou

Mizzou

Mizzou Men’s Basketball head coach Kim Anderson landed 6-2 guard Martavian Payne and 6-8 forward Russell Woods, junior college teammates from John A. Logan College in Carterville, Ill.  Payne averaged 15.7 points per game for John A. Logan this past season. Woods projects to provide an interior presence for Mizzou, as the new Tiger averaged 14.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game playing alongside Payne.

“We are excited to have Martavian and Russell join the Mizzou Basketball family,” Anderson said. “Both are proven winners, and we look forward to the experience they will bring to our team.”

Payne hit 43.2 percent of his field goal attempts. Woods was especially efficient for a post player, compiling a 62.0 field goal percentage. A native of St. Louis, Mo., Payne starred for Madison College Prep prior to heading to junior college. Woods hails from Chicago, Ill., and played amongst a talented Simeon High School roster before showing his skills at the JUCO level.

Payne and Woods join Mizzou’s 2015 recruiting class currently consisting of: 5-11 guard Terrence Phillips (Orange County, Calif.), 6-7 forward Kevin Puryear (Blue Springs, Mo.) and 6-4 guard Cullen VanLeer (Pacific, Mo.).

Mizzou sprucing up their spring game for fans as team holds annual Black and Gold game on Saturday

The Mizzou Black and Gold Game will start at 4 p.m.  Admission is free is free with a spring game ticket (downloaded for free HERE) AND one non-perishable food item benefitting the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. Mizzou students also get in free with a valid MU student ID.

The Mizzou Black and Gold Game will start at 4 p.m. Admission is free is free with a spring game ticket (downloaded for free HERE) AND one non-perishable food item benefitting the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. Mizzou students also get in free with a valid MU student ID.

Getting Mizzou football fans to come out in high numbers for the Black and Gold game has always been a struggle for the University of Missouri Athletic Department.  The attendance will never rank up there such as those of former rival Nebraska or current SEC powerhouse Alabama, but Mizzou is putting their best foot forward this weekend.

Personally, I understand it can be difficult for fans to watch a college football practice when the first game is still over four months away…especially here in Missouri, where there is so much more to do, than say in Alabama or South Carolina.  For example, sports fanatics have a choice to check out either baseball team as both the Royals are home hosting the A’s and the Cardinals are taking on the Reds.  Plus, game two of the St. Louis Blues playoff series starts tomorrow afternoon.  In addition, the temperatures are going to be in the mid 70’s.  Here in Missouri, we’ve been waiting for weather like this for at least five months.

However, Mizzou athletics is doing everything they can to draw more excitement by providing more than just a glorified practice for the fans.  They’ve moved the start time back to 4 p.m. to allow fans to make a day of it by tailgating.  The parking lots will be open to all and available beginning Saturday morning at 9 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fan Fest will take place from 1-3:45 p.m. between Memorial Stadium and the Hearnes Center and Dr. Zhivegas will play a free concert near the southwest corner of Hearnes. Multiple carnival-style rides will be on hand as well as various inflatable games. In addition, photo stations will be available for fans to take photos with the Mizzou Helmet Car, Truman’s Taxi/Fire Truck, and Mizzou Football trophies including the SEC Eastern Division and Citrus Bowl championship trophies.

Don’t let the weather scare you.  Most of the afternoon,  the chance the rain will be under 30% and the temps will be mild.

If you can’t make the game, I’ll be there.  Follow me on Twitter, plus check out our post scrimmage interviews right here at Missourinet.com

Mizzou wrestling sweeps MAC post-season awards. Smith, Houdashelt and Milkus pull in the hardware after monumental season

Mizzou wrestling celebrates their 2015 Dual National Championship (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Mizzou wrestling celebrates their 2015 Dual National Championship (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

The Mid-American Conference announced three wrestling post-season awards for the 2015 season and Missouri came away with the clean sweep.  Brian Smith was named MAC Wrestling Coach of the Year, freshman Willie Miklus was selected as MAC Freshman of the Year and senior Drake Houdashelt was named MAC Wrestler of the Year.

Smith was named MAC Wrestling Coach of the Year for the third consecutive year after leading the Tigers to their third consecutive MAC Tournament Wrestling Title.

Mizzou finished 24-0 overall, including 8-0 in the MAC. Missouri earned its third overall consecutive conference tournament title as the Tigers won the MAC Tournament Title. Missouri finished fourth overall at the NCAA Championships, with winning the title at the 149-weight class.

Houdashelt, a native of O’Fallon, Mo.,  won the 149-weight class with a 3-1 OT win over Edinboro’s David Habat at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

Missouri redshirt freshman Willie Miklus finished seventh overall at the 184 weight class at the 2015 NCAA Wrestling Championships to earn All-American status. Miklus finished the season with a 33-9 overall record.

All three awards were voted on by each of the conference’s nine head wrestling coaches after the 2015 NCAA Wrestling Tournament.