Missouri coach Gary Pinkel, who served as an assistant under Don James at Washington from 1979-90, Thursday squashed talk about replacing Steve Sarkisian, telling ESPN Radio that he intends to stay with the Tigers, who will play for the SEC Championship Saturday.
“I’ll be quite frank,” Pinkel said from Columbia, MO. “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 Tigers are 11-1, and Pinkel is 101-62 overall since becoming Missouri’s head coach in 2001. After leaving Washington, Pinkel coached at the University of Toledo from 1991-00.
Pinkel last visited Seattle Oct. 27 to attend a public memorial service for James at Alaska Airlines Arena. During the service, he sat next to Sarkisian.
The Huskies said Wednesday that former quarterback and current quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo will coach Washington in its bowl game.