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Missouri's Gary Pinkel Announces Separation From Wife

The Missouri Tigers' head football coach has a major task in front of him as the Tigers switch conferences from the Big 12 to the SEC. However, Pinkel is apparently enduring greater problems at home according to a statement released today. According to the release from KSDK, Pinkel and his have been separated recently.

In a statement released 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."

No other information was given out in the release, nor should it. As much as a coach and his family endure the spotlight, some things should remain personal. Pinkel has been the head coach of the Tigers since 2001 and they will join the Texas A&M as the newest members of the Southeastern Conference starting this late summer.