A New York Times blog item by Thayer Evans quotes Missouri coach Gary Pinkel regarding his interest in the Washington football job:
"Washington was a place I always wanted to be a head coach. But I also have great respect for Washington. We did have a discussion, but I did not want to take the next step if I really in my heart didn't want to do it, because of my respect to them."
Pinkel ended up with a new contract at Missouri instead.
"I just felt that I wanted to stay here the rest of my career," he told the newspaper. "Fortunately, Missouri felt the same way."
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UW, of course, went on to hire USC offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian.
And Missouri ended its season tonight with an exciting overtime victory over Northwestern in the Alamo Bowl.