Missouri senator suggests Gary Pinkel ‘held the university hostage’

Missouri state Senator Paul Wieland has reportedly threatened to file a complaint about Pinkel’s support of the strike in support of the Concerned Student 1950 movement on Missouri’s campus last November.

Wieland suggested that Pinkel held Mizzou hostage and was later rewarded for it.

From the Columbia Tribune, “Wieland told interim MU Chancellor Hank Foley ‘my constituents were kind of concerned that in their minds he had held the university hostage and as a reward the university gave him a contract for a million dollars over three years.’

“Foley defended the package that will pay Pinkel $950,000 over three years but left the impression it was a buyout for Pinkel to step aside. Pinkel’s final coaching contract guaranteed him $4.02 million a year.

“‘In a sense you could argue that he was kind of bought out of his contract for what is comparatively much, much less than he could have had if he had just stayed in the job,’ Foley said.”

Last fall, a student protest movement calling for the removal of university president Tim Wolfe for his apparent lack of concern for certain incidents involving the treatment of black students on Missouri’s campus. The protest started to gain even more steam and exposure after several members of the Tigers football team went on strike, holding out on football activity until Wolfe’s resignation.

The strike put a neutral site game against BYU in Kansas City at risk, but Wolfe resigned within a few days and the game went on. Pinkel later announced his resignation as head coach and was then given role of fundraiser ambassador by the university.

“I will probably be preparing a complaint to forward to the provost on” Pinkel’s “behalf as well,” Wieland said. “Because what he did, in my view, did discredit to the university.”

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