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Mizzou Links, 3-4-14: Gary Pinkel gets his contract with spring football on the horizon

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Bill Carter

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1. Pinkel gets his new deal (according to sources)

PowerMizzou: New deal in place for Pinkel

Sources indicate that the new contract will put Pinkel at or slightly above three million dollars annually. His current contract, signed in April 2011, pays him a base salary $2.35 million annually and was set to run through the 2017 season. Pinkel earned an additional $300,000 in incentives during the 2013 season. The length of the new deal is unknown at this time.

The new contract is also expected to bring raises for Pinkel's assistant coaches. However, specifics on that information are not known at this time. Offensive coordinator Josh Henson made $500,000 last season and defensive coordinator Dave Steckel earned $550,000. Andy Hill, who was promoted from wide receivers coach to quarterbacks coach prior to last season, made $307,500 in 2013.

The Trib: Report: Missouri, Pinkel agree to new deal
KC Star: Missouri reportedly agrees to $3 million per year contract extension for coach Gary Pinkel

We knew Pinkel and the athletic department were negotiating, and we knew that raises for assistants were one of the major items on the docket. It looks like that's been squared away in an agreeable manner. So now the issue becomes the length of the contract. Pinkel is 61 years old and probably won't be Missouri's head coach a decade from now, so this contract will give us a decent idea of when he might be retiring. Once we know that, we'll have plenty -- plenty -- of time to make assumptions and listen to rumors regarding a succession plan. Does Josh Henson (or anybody else) get unofficially named "coach-in-waiting"? How is that handled? It will be interesting to watch from a recruiting perspective ... and, of course, a "the future of this risen program" perspective.

2. Spring ball is a week away

The Trib (Behind the Stripes): Six for Spring: Keys to the Offense
PowerMizzou: Spring Preview: RB
PowerMizzou: Spring Preview: WR
PowerMizzou: Spring Preview: TE
PowerMizzou: Spring Preview: OL

Hero ball
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3. (Basketball) Recruiting never stops

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From recruiting to college to pros
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LOCK-IN
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4. I, for one, welcome our new (associate) overlord

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KC Star: Missouri names Tim Stedman as new associate athletic director

5. #stubble

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6. Long odds and the Fightin' Pingetons

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KC Star: Missouri women’s basketball team finds positives from this season
The Missourian: Missouri women's basketball seeded No. 12 in Southeastern Conference tournament

7. We like shutout streaks

MUtigers.com: Mizzou's Graves Earns Co-SEC Pitcher of the Week

8. Another hurdle cleared for SECN

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9. WOOHOO

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