Mizzou's Gary Pinkel receives pair of coaching honors
From the University of Missouri
of Missouri Head Football Coach Gary Pinkel has been recognized for the
outstanding job his program has done in the 2013 season. Pinkel has
been named the American
Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Coach of the Year for Region 2,
in acknowledgement for his Tigers putting together an 11-2 season which
included an Eastern Division championship in the Southeastern
Additionally, Pinkel has also been named one of eight finalists for the prestigious Eddie
Robinson National Coach of the Year, as awarded by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). The winner will be announced on Monday, Dec. 16th,
and Pinkel will be considered along with fellow finalists Art Briles
(Baylor), David Cutcliffe (Duke), Mark Dantonio (Michigan State), Jimbo
Fisher (Florida State), Gus Malzahn (Auburn), George O'Leary (UCF) and
David Shaw (Stanford).
has guided Mizzou to one of its top seasons in program history
in 2013. After being picked to finish sixth in the seven-team SEC East
in the pre-season, his Tigers went 11-1 in the regular season, and
turned in a 7-1 mark in SEC play to claim the East Division outright –
marking MU's fourth division title in the last
seven years (2007, 2008, 2010, 2013). Mizzou reached as high as 5th in the weekly polls, and after last week's defeat to Auburn in the
SEC Championship Game, the Tigers landed 8th in the final Bowl Championship Series season poll. Pinkel's 101 wins at Mizzou in 13 seasons
have him tied with former Coach Don Faurot for most in school history. He'll go for sole possession of the record on Jan. 3rd, when his
team plays in the 2014 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic against former conference foe Oklahoma State.
AFCA recognizes five regional Coach of the Year winners in each
of the Association's five divisions: Football Bowl Subdivision, Football
Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III and NAIA. The
winners are selected by Active members of the Association who vote for
coaches in their respective regions and divisions.
2013 Regional Coach of the Year winners will be recognized at the
AFCA Coach of the Year Dinner at the 2014 AFCA Convention in
Indianapolis, Indiana. The dinner is scheduled for Tuesday, January 14.