COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel says he has separated from his wife.
In a statement released on 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 in 20 seasons, and 85-54 with the Tigers.