Gary Pinkel


Gary Pinkel

College coach infobox


Name = Gary Pinkel
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Title = Head coach
College = Missouri
Sport = Football
Conference = Big 12
CurrentRecord = 54-37 (.593)
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Birthplace = flagicon|Ohio Akron, OH
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OverallRecord = 127-74-3 (.632)
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1977-1978
1979-1983
1984-1990
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Washington (TE)
Bowling Green (WR)
Washington (WR)
Washington (OC)
Toledo
Missouri
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Gary Pinkel (born April 27, 1952) is the head football coach at the University of Missouri. Pinkel, who has been coaching at Missouri since the 2001 football season, previously coached at the University of Toledo, where he experienced success in the Mid-American Conference, winning a conference championship with the Rockets in 1995. Before becoming a head coach, he had success at the University of Washington, where he served as Don James's offensive coordinator. Pinkel's record at Mizzou is 54-37 (.593), and his conference record is 28-30 (.483).

Gary Pinkel graduated from Kenmore High School in Akron, Ohio, and received his bachelor of science degree in education from Kent State University in 1973, where he played tight end under James. His roommate at Kent was Pittsburgh Steelers great Jack Lambert. He did post-graduate studies at Kent and Bowling Green State University, and in 1997 was inducted into the Kent Athletic Hall of Fame.

Since arriving at Mizzou in December of 2000, Pinkel has guided the Tigers to two Independence Bowls. The first was in 2003, a 27-14 loss to the University of Arkansas, and the second was a thrilling 38-31 win over the University of South Carolina on December 30, 2005.

Coach Pinkel also ended the Tigers 25-year losing streak to the Nebraska Cornhuskers in 2003 with a 41-24 win in Columbia, Missouri. In 2007, the Tigers again beat the Cornhuskers 41-6 in Columbia.

Despite these successes, early on Gary Pinkel struggled against non-conference opponents from non-BCS conferences. In each of his first two seasons at Missouri, the team lost to Bowling Green State University. The next year, Missouri survived Middle Tennessee State University at home by one point. That was followed up the next year with a loss at Troy University on ESPN. In 2005 Pinkel's Tigers lost to the University of New Mexico at home.

In 2006, Pinkel led the Tigers to a 6-0 start, the team's first 6-0 start since 1973. However, as the team entered the Big 12 portion of the schedule, things soon fell apart and the team finished 8-5.

During the 2007 season, Pinkel guided the Tigers to a 12-2 (7-2) season with an average of 40.0 points per game, a Big 12 North Championship, and a 38-7 Cotton Bowl victory. The only losses during the season were against the Oklahoma Sooners. The first loss was in Norman, Oklahoma and the second was in the Big 12 Championship. Pinkel’s Tigers were tied with the Sooners at half time but ended up losing. If the Tigers had won they would have retained their then number one BCS ranking and would have played for the BCS National Championship.

Pinkel currently lives in Columbia with his wife and three children. An avid motorcyclist, he is often spotted on the Columbia streets riding his Harley-Davidson, given to him upon his hiring at Mizzou by the company's Kansas City plant.

Record as head coach

CFB Yearly Record Subhead
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startyear = 1991
conf = Mid-American Conference
endyear = 2000
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name = Toledo
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conference = 4-3-1
confstanding = T-3rd
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name = Toledo
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year = 1994
name = Toledo
overall = 6-4-1
conference = 4-3-1
confstanding = 6th
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championship = conference
year = 1995
name = Toledo
overall = 11-0-1
conference = 7-0-1
confstanding = 1st
bowlname = Las Vegas Bowl
bowloutcome = W
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ranking2 = 24
CFB Yearly Record Entry
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year = 1996
name = Toledo
overall = 7-4
conference = 6-2
confstanding = T-2nd
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year = 1997
name = Toledo
overall = 9-3
conference = 7-1
confstanding = 1st (West)
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year = 1998
name = Toledo
overall = 7-5
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confstanding = 1st (West)
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year = 1999
name = Toledo
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year = 2000
name = Toledo
overall = 10-1
conference = 6-1
confstanding = 1st (West)
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CFB Yearly Record Subtotal
name = Toledo
overall = 73-37-3
confrecord = 53-23-3
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name = Missouri Tigers
startyear = 2001
conf = Big 12 Conference
endyear = present
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year = 2001
name = Missouri
overall = 4-7
conference = 3-5
confstanding = 5th (North)
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year = 2002
name = Missouri
overall = 5-7
conference = 2-6
confstanding = 5th (North)
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CFB Yearly Record Entry
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year = 2003
name = Missouri
overall = 8-5
conference = 4-4
confstanding = 3rd (North)
bowlname = Independence Bowl
bowloutcome = L
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CFB Yearly Record Entry
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year = 2004
name = Missouri
overall = 5-6
conference = 3-5
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CFB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
year = 2005
name = Missouri
overall = 7-5
conference = 4-4
confstanding = 2nd (North)
bowlname = Independence Bowl
bowloutcome = W
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CFB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
year = 2006
name = Missouri
overall = 8-5
conference = 4-4
confstanding = 2nd (North)
bowlname = Sun Bowl
bowloutcome = L
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CFB Yearly Record Entry
championship = division
year = 2007
name = Missouri
overall = 12-2
conference = 7-2
confstanding = 1st (North)
bowlname = Cotton Bowl
bowloutcome = W
bcsbowl =
ranking = 5
ranking2 = 4
CFB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
year = 2008
name = Missouri
overall = 5-0
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ranking = 2
ranking2 = 3
CFB Yearly Record Subtotal
name = Missouri
overall = 54-37
confrecord = 28-30

CFB Yearly Record End
overall = 127-74-3
overall2 = 81-53-3
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ee also

*Missouri Tigers football under Gary Pinkel

External links

* [http://mutigers.collegesports.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/pinkel_gary00.html Gary Pinkel Biography]


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