Missouri coach Pinkel, wife announce separation

Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel says he has separated from

his wife.

In a statement released Friday, Pinkel says he and Vicki, his

wife of nearly 40 years, separated earlier this year. He thanks

friends and family for their support and says ”I would ask that

you please respect the privacy of the entire Pinkel family during

this difficult time.”

The Pinkels met at Kent State, where he played football. They

have three grown children.

Pinkel was hired as Missouri’s head coach in 2001 after

previously coaching at Toledo. He is 158-91-3 overall in 20

seasons, and 85-54 with the Tigers.