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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP/KSDK) - Missouri athletic director Mike Alden addressed the likelihood coach Gary Pinkel will be sought for the Washington opening, raising the possibility of a contract extension after the season.

The fifth-ranked Tigers play No. 3 Auburn in the SEC championship game Saturday in Atlanta. Both schools are 11-1 overall and 7-1 in conference play.

Pinkel has 101 victories in 13 seasons at Missouri, tied with Don Faurot for most in school history.

Alden said he's proud of the team's success academically too, and said he and the coach have already spoken about the future.

Here is the full statement from Alden:

"We are excited for the opportunity to play in the SEC Championship Game, and so proud of Coach Pinkel, his staff and our student-athletes. All of us are focused on the game and Auburn this weekend. I know our fans and all of Tiger Nation are energized to be a part of this special event.

"At the same time, it's also important to recognize the tremendous job Coach Pinkel has done throughout all of his efforts at Mizzou. We have the #1 APR rate in the SEC, and we have remarkable results academically and socially. Competitively, Coach Pinkel has won at a very high level with discipline, integrity, dignity and compassion. We have won 10 or more games four times in the past seven years and have won four divisional championships in that same period. Gary and I have spoken about our continued efforts going forward. I'm looking forward to sitting down with Gary after the season and focus on ways to build on these successes and recognize the significant contributions Gary and his staff have made to our program. We are so pleased with Gary's commitment to Mizzou and I look forward to working with Gary for a long time."

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