Pinkel was Toledo’s head coach before his Missouri days.

Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel and Georgia head coach Mark Richt are each in their 12th seasons with their respective programs. Only five head coaches — none in the SEC — in the country have been with their programs longer. During that time, Richt is 107-38 at Georgia while Pinkel is 86-54 at Missouri, a program that suffered losing seasons in 15 of the 17 seasons before Pinkel’s arrival in Columbia.

Richt, then Florida State’s offensive coordinator, actually interviewed with Missouri athletic director Mike Alden in November 2000 for the head coaching vacancy that then Toledo head coach Gary Pinkel eventually filled.

Richt served as FSU’s offensive coordinator during three consecutive national championship games from 1998-2000.

While both head coaches have shown consistency to remain with their programs for 12 years, Richt’s true road record has fallen to 8-6 from 2009-2011 after a sterling 30-4 true road record from 2001-2008. Two of those six recent losses came in Big 12 territory, losing to Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla., in 2009 and Colorado in Boulder, Colo., in 2010. Meanwhile, Pinkel brings a 9-2 record with him against current SEC foes. That record is aided by his 5-1 mark against Texas A&M, however.

Missouri also boasts a 35-6 record in its last 41 home games.

The Tigers’ spread welcomes “Old Man Football” to Columbia Saturday.

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