Pinkel said that he’s retiring due to health concerns. The Tigers become the latest college opening that joins fellow Southeastern Conference school, the South Carolina Gamecocks, the Southern California Trojans, UCF Knights, among others.
The 63-year-old has been the Tigers head coach since the 2001 season.
This news also comes days after he stood up for his African-American players, who were involved in a boycott last weekend. All of those African-American players said they wouldn’t play until former President Tim Wolfe, which he did the following day.
The Tigers are 4-5 this season and will have to win two more games to be eligible for a bow game. In his coaching career, with the Toledo Rockets and the Tigers, he’s 189-108-3.
His career-best seasons came during his tenure with the Tigers when the team went 12-2. That happened during the 2007 and 2013 seasons.
If the Tigers finish below .500, it would be the first time since 2012 that has happened. They were 5-7 that year.
His teams have won eight conference championships.