Missouri Head Football Coach Gary Pinkel With Resign At End Of Season

In a press release, University of Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel announced that he will stepping down from his position at the end of the season.

Pinkel said that the decision was due to his health. He was was diagnosed in May of 2015 with lymphoma. He received multiple treatments in May and June, and has decided to step down at the end of the year.

“I made the decision in May, after visiting with my family, that I wanted to keep coaching, as long as I felt good and had the energy I needed,” Pinkel said.  “I felt great going into the season, but also knew that I would need to re-assess things at some point, and I set our bye week as the time when I would take stock of the future.  After we played Vanderbilt (Oct. 24), I had a scheduled PET scan on Oct. 26th for reassessment, and then visited with my family and came to the decision on October 27th that this would be my last year coaching.  I still feel good physically, but I decided that I want to focus on enjoying my remaining years with my family and friends, and also have proper time to battle the disease and give full attention to that.”

Pinel has come to national prominence lately after he supported his players after they refused to play until university president Tim Wolfe would resign.


Cover Photo Credit: Tim Tai/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

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