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 COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -Gary Pinkel helped lead long-suffering Missouri into college football's elite this year. Now he has the contract to match that lofty perch.
Missouri athletic director Mike Alden announced Sunday that Pinkel will receive a $550,000 annual raise, boosting his guaranteed compensation to $1.85 million a year.
Pinkel also gets a one-year extension through 2012. Late last season, he was given a $225,000 raise and three-year extension.
The announcement comes as No. 7 Missouri (11-2) prepares to face No. 25 Arkansas (8-4) in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1 in Dallas.
Pinkel, 55, is in his seventh season at Missouri, which won the most regular season games in school history and was briefly ranked No. 1 in both the AP and BCS standings before losing the Big 12 Conference title game to Oklahoma in early December.
``Winning the Big 12 North title this season was the first championship of any kind in football in nearly 40 years here,'' Alden said. ``We want to recognize that achievement and put our head coach in a recruiting position to capitalize on this momentum.''
Pinkel is 48-37 at Missouri and 121-74-3 in 17 seasons overall. The pay raise makes him the third-highest paid head coach in the Big 12, behind only Bob Stoops of Oklahoma and Mack Brown of Texas, both of whom make in excess of $2.6 million annually.
Nine assistants and three other athletic administrators involved with Missouri football will earn a collective $300,000 pay raise, bringing their combined salaries to just over $2 million.
Pinkel also will be able to offer his offensive and defensive coordinators two-year deals, a deviation from the one-year contracts that are common for college football assistants.
Alden said that he had not spoken to other schools seeking to interview Pinkel, whose name was linked to the Michigan vacancy before the hiring of Rich Rodriguez.
``People believe nationally that Coach Pinkel really likes Missouri,'' Alden said. ``This is a place he wants to be.''

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