Missouri, Pinkel agree on extension that will reportedly give him big raise

Missouri and its football coach, Gary Pinkel, have agreed in principle to a lucrative contract extension that will make him one of the highest-paid coaches in the country, according to sources.

In announcing the verbal agreement on Monday, Pinkel said he's committed to the university and "excited about continuing to build the program."

Pinkel says he hopes to sign the contract "in the next couple of days." The curators are scheduled to meet Tuesday.

The length of the deal is not known, but the extension will include a sizable raise for an annual salary of approximately $2.5 million.

Pinkel's name had been floated as a possible replacement for Ty Willingham at Washington, where Pinkel had served as an assistant coach under longtime Huskies coach Don James.

Although Pinkel is staying, a source close to the program said some of his longtime staff members are being eyed for other openings. Offensive coordinator Dave Christensen is a candidate at New Mexico, and defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus also could be courted by other schools.

This year, Missouri is 9-2, winning the Big 12 North for the second straight season. The Tigers will play in the conference championship game on Dec. 6 in Kansas City.

Pat Forde is a senior writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.