Mizzou's all-time winningest head football coach nominated for College Football Hall of Fame

By NewsRadio 1120 KMOX

(KMOX) - Former head coach of the Mizzou Tigers, Gary Pinkel is among this year's nominees for the College Football Hall of Fame. 

The ballot was announced on Tuesday, with Pinkel among the 78 players and seven coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 99 players and 33 coaches from the divisional ranks.

Pinkel was head coach of Toledo from 1991 to 2000, went Missouri in 2001 and stayed there until annoucing his retirment in 2015. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He announced in 2019 that he was undergoing a second round of cancer treatments. 

He's the winningest coach in history at both Missouri and Toledo. He led the Rockets to 1995 MAC title and boasts nine conference division titles between both schools. He took teams to 11 bowl games, with 7-4 overall record in the postseason

He was the FieldTurf National Coach of the Year and Big 12 Coach of the Year honors after leading Mizzou to its first No. 1 national ranking since 1960 during the 2007 season.

LEGEND ‼️@GaryPinkel - the winningest coach in #Mizzou history - is on the @NFFNetwork 2021 Hall of Fame Ballot --️#MIZ ---- pic.twitter.com/OJwTKFY5dG

— Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) June 16, 2020

The announcement of the 2021 College Football Hall of Fame Class Presented by ETT will be made in early 2021, with specific details to be announced in the future.

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