In an interview with ESPN’s Mike and Mike, Missouri Tigers head coach Gary Pinkel took his name out of the running for the open Washington job. For those wondering why his name was even brought up for that job, it is due to the fact that Pinkel credits all of his success to the late Don James. Pinkel spent more than a decade James in Seattle.
“That’s because I coached there for 12 years and Don James is my mentor and all those things,” Pinkel said about his name being out there. “I’ll be quite frank, I’m staying at the University of Missouri.
“I, with the administration’s help, can continue to build a national program and a quest for national championships. I’m a Missouri Tiger, and I’m going to stay a Missouri Tiger.”
The idea that Pinkel was considering Washington, considering where he has the Tigers this year seemed pretty thin, but it did allow Pinkel to give the Missouri fan base reason to be excited. Perhaps Pinkel should have flirted with the idea a little more to get more money out of Missouri as so many other coaches have done.
The Tigers are preparing for the SEC Championship against Auburn with a chance to earn a trip to the Sugar Bowl or potentially the National Championship.