As day four dawned on Washington’s search for a new head coach, Gary Pinkel told ESPN radio this morning that he is staying at Missouri.
“I coached there (Washington) for 12 years, and Don James is my mentor,” Pinkel told ESPN’s Mike & Mike show. “I’ll be quite frank: I’m staying at the University of Missouri. I, with the administration’s help, will continue to build a national program in a quest for a national championship.
Missouri plays Auburn in the SEC championship game on Saturday. Pinkel has a 101-62 record at Missouri since 2001.
Pinkel, 61, spent 13 seasons on Don James’ staff at UW, first as a graduate assistant in 1976 and then as an assistant and coordinator from 1979-90.