COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri’s search for the right football coach meandered through three fitful decades until finally, nine years ago, the Tigers came upon Gary Pinkel.
A No. 1 ranking, two Big 12 Conference divisional championships and five bowl appearances later, they are hellbent on hanging on to him.
That means pulling out the checkbook and ponying up. Keeping Pinkel well paid. Satisfying his assistants, too.