Missouri: 4 Reasons Coach Gary Pinkel Will Not Move to Ohio State
With the resignation of Ohio State coach Jim Tressel Monday, a name that has been thrown into the candidate's list to become the next coach at The Ohio State University has been Gary Pinkel. This is due to his steady success at Missouri and his connections to Ohio since birth.
His name is not one you will find at the top of the list with the Stoops, Pelinis or Grudens. Although it seems he would be a top name, he could easily come into the fray if enough of the other candidates say no.
Here are my reasons why he will stay at the University of Missouri.
He Is 59
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Pinkel has publicly expressed that he wants to retire once his current contract expires. This would give people the impression he wouldn't want to try and take over a program that would bring him more pressure and stress.
To give some idea to how old other successful coaches are, Tressel is 58, Stoops is 50 and Pelini is 43. The other three candidates are in a better position to coach for the long term due to their age. Pinkel is getting to the point of his career where he may not want to take on a project like this.
Sanctions at Ohio State
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With all of the fallout from OSU's scandal, there is a good chance the school is going to get some heavy penalties from the NCAA.
Based on information from the previous slide, for how old Pinkel is now, how old will he be once the school can finally get scholarships back or even go to a bowl again?
This will be one of the big reasons why a lot of candidates might turn this job down.
He Already Turned Down Michigan
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When Michigan was looking for their new head coach after they dismissed Rich Rodriguez, Pinkel's name came up. He went as far as taking an interview in Ann Arbor before deciding he couldn't leave Mizzou. Even though he had no previous connection to Michigan, he shot down a top-tier school.
This could be huge in showing his loyalty to Missouri, even though he was born and raised in Ohio.
Another Big Name Will Take the Job
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Ohio State is too big of a job for one of the big-name coaches to pass up. This is one of the top places in the country to coach, and there will be plenty of coaches who agree.
The job will be gone before they get to Pinkel's name on the list.