Gary Pinkel is one of the most successful coaches in college football history. He has been named Coach of the Year in three different conferences, and has the most wins of any coach at two major college football programs (not just Mizzou, but also Toledo.) During his time coaching the University of Missouri Tigers, the team went to nine Bowls, winning six Bowl championships, five Division championships, and they played in four championship games.

Pinkel's biography, The 100 Yard Journey, co-written with Dave Matter, tells his personal story, and examines some of the lessons that he has learned over the course of his stellar career.