How’s this for a turnaround? This time a year ago many a Missouri alum was thinking it was time for head coach Gary Pinkel to hit the bricks. One 12-2 season, SEC East title and Cotton Bowl title later have changed things considerably in Columbia. Now the head coach is secure enough to let it be known that he’s not happy with how long it’s taking MU to re-work the contracts of his assistant coaches.
Mizzou AD Mike Alden had said that Pinkel and crew might land raises after 2013′s surprising top 10 finish. Asked about the contract situation last week, Pinkel said:
“It’s a slow process. We’re disappointed to this point, but we’ll see where it goes.”
Most coaches don’t make those kinds of statements, folks. This shows that Pinkel feels he’s standing on terra firma these days… as he should be. Honestly, it was silly for Pinkel to have been put on any kind of a hot seat following an injury-plagued 2012 anyway. Especially considering the fact that he’d already turned the Mizzou program from a trash heap to a top 25 contender every year.
Ah, but no one likes complainers. And you can bet that Alden would have preferred his coach not use the word “disappointed” to discuss the ongoing contract talks between the school and its coaches.
Pinkel had a big year and he should have some goodwill. He and his coaches should be rewarded, too, as that’s pretty much how the game is played these days. But the coach should also be careful not to quickly use up the equity the Tigers’ impressive 2013 campaign has afforded him.