COLUMBIA, Mo. -- University of Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel announced he's going to resign at the end of the 2015 season. The decision is health-based according to a release from the athletic department; Pinkel was diagnosed with a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer of the blood this past May.
Pinkel received treatment in May and June, and after doctors told him that treatments wouldn't keep him from coaching, he decided to continue for this season.
"I made the decision in May, after visiting with my family, that I wanted to keep coaching, as long as I felt good and had the energy I needed," Pinkel stated in the release. "I felt great going into the season, but also knew that I would need to re-assess things at some point."
"I still feel good physically, but I decided that I want to focus on enjoying my remaining years with my family and friends, and also have proper time to battle the disease and give full attention to that," he continued.
In 15 seasons at Mizzou, Pinkel has gone 117-71 and is the program's all-time leader in wins. The Tigers appeared in two Big 12 Conference Championship games and two Southeastern Conference Championship games during his tenure. Mizzou has appeared in 10 bowl games since he took over, winning six.
In 2007 he led the school to its first #1 ranking since 1960 and was named Big 12 Coach of the Year. He also transitioned the program into the SEC, struggling to a 5-7 record in 2012, but bounced back to win 12 games in 2013 and 11 in 2014. He was named the SEC Coach of the Year in 2014.
The Tigers play BYU on Saturday night at Arrowhead Stadium. Pinkel says he will address questions about his resignation after the game.
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