COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri athletic director Mike Alden addressed the likelihood coach Gary Pinkel will be sought for the Washington opening, raising the possibility of a contract extension after the season.
The fifth-ranked Tigers play No. 3 Auburn in the SEC championship game Saturday in Atlanta. Both schools are 11-1 overall and 7-1 in conference play.
Washington named former quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo interim coach on Wednesday for the Huskies' upcoming bowl game after Steve Sarkisian left to take the head coaching job at USC. The 34-year-old Tuiasosopo was a star quarterback at Washington from 1997-2000.
Pinkel is 101-62 in 13 seasons at Missouri, tied with Don Faurot for most in school history. He's under contract through 2017 with guaranteed salary of $2.35 million.
Pinkel was a longtime assistant under Don James at Washington, serving as offensive coordinator from 1984-90. He often speaks glowingly of James, who died earlier this year.