Missouri’s Pinkel to resign at end of season, cites health

Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel speaks to the media Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, in Columbia, Mo. Football will resume at Missouri following the resignation of University of Missouri system president Tim Wolfe after several members of the team, pointing to Wolfe’s inaction in handling of racial tensions at the school, announced over the weekend that they would not play until the president was gone. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – Missouri coach Gary Pinkel will step down at the end of the season because of health reasons.

Pinkel and the Tigers announced the decision Friday afternoon and noted Pinkel had been diagnosed with lymphoma in May. The stunning move comes days after his team threatened to boycott Saturday’s game against BYU over concerns about racial strife on campus. Pinkel supported his players.

Pinkel said he had decided to resign before this week.

The 63-year-old Pinkel is the winningest coach in school history with a 117-71 record over 15 seasons. His team has won the last two SEC East titles, but is out of contention for a conference title this year.

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