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Missouri's Pinkel Has Quietly Emerged As One Of Nation's Top College Coaches

Over the past eight seasons, Gary Pinkel's teams have won five division titles in two of the most competitive college football conferences in the country.

Pinkel has won 23 games as a member of the SEC the past two years and since 2007 he has five seasons with 10 or more victories. Pinkel has also watched NFL teams grab eight of his players in the first round of the draft, including seven in the past seven years. Another five were picked in the second round in the those past seven drafts.

Missouri has won 115 games since Pinkel took over the program in 2001. Overall, Pinkel's 188 career victories are fourth-most among active coaches and 22nd all-time.

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