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Pinkel says he respected UW too much to take job

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Dec. 29, 2008 at 9:11 pm with No Comments »
December 29, 2008 9:11 pm

A New York Times blog item by Thayer Evans quotes Missouri coach Gary Pinkel regarding his interest in the Washington football job:

"Washington was a place I always wanted to be a head coach. But I also have great respect for Washington. We did have a discussion, but I did not want to take the next step if I really in my heart didn’t want to do it, because of my respect to them."

Pinkel ended up with a new contract at Missouri instead.

"I just felt that I wanted to stay here the rest of my career," he told the newspaper. "Fortunately, Missouri felt the same way."

Here’s the blog item.

UW, of course, went on to hire USC offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian.

And Missouri ended its season tonight with an exciting overtime victory over Northwestern in the Alamo Bowl.

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