Gary Pinkel inducted into MAC Hall of Fame

It is hard to remember head coach Gary Pinkel as anything other than the leading man of the Missouri Tigers, thanks to his 15-year stint with the team. However, his pre-Missouri days have led to a big honor for the current Mizzou man.

Pinkel served as head coach of the Toledo Rockets from 1991-2000.

During that time, Pinkel led Toledo to a 73-37-3 record which included a handful of division championships and a MAC championship. Pinkel became the Rockets’ all-time winningest coach. Now, he is being remembered for his time with the school.

On Wednesday, Pinkel was inducted into the MAC Hall of Fame.

“When I got the call that this happened I had tears in my eyes, that I could be honored like this,” Pinkel told “I am very, very appreciative of this award. This (getting to the dinner) was really important to me.”

As a player in the MAC, Pinkel also had some success. The then tight end earned All-MAC honor and an honorable mention All-American nod during his playing days.

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