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Reports: Missouri Football Coach Gary Pinkel Will Resign

Update: Missouri has released a statement, confirming the news.

University of Missouri Head Football Coach Gary Pinkel will resign his position following the conclusion of the 2015 season, and he will remain as Mizzou's coach through December 31, 2015, or until a new head coach is in place, as announced today by MU Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades. Pinkel informed his staff and team this evening, and will address questions following Saturday's game against BYU at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

Pinkel and Rhoades are discussing a role that would keep him associated with Mizzou Athletics once he steps away from coaching duties.

Pinkel's decision is health-based, as he was diagnosed in May of 2015 with lymphoma, a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer of the blood. He received multiple treatments in May and June, and after doctors indicated that the treatments wouldn't interfere with his coaching duties, he decided that he would continue to coach the Tigers in 2015.

Earlier: Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel will resign, according to multiple reports. 

Pinkel, 63, has been the head coach of the Tigers' program since 2001, compiling a 117-71 record. Missouri is 4-5 (1-5 in the SEC) this season. 

The reports cite health as the reason for his resignation. One report states the resignation will come at the end of the season, though that has yet to be confirmed. 

">November 13, 2015

">@MizzouFootball Head Coach

BREAKING: Sources confirm that @MizzouFootball Head Coach @GaryPinkel will resign at the end of the season due to health related concerns

— KMOXSports (@KMOXSports) November 13, 2015

">@GaryPinkel will resign at the end of the season due to health related concerns

— KMOXSports (@KMOXSports)

BREAKING: Sources confirm that @MizzouFootball Head Coach @GaryPinkel will resign at the end of the season due to health related concerns

— KMOXSports (@KMOXSports) November 13, 2015

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">November 13, 2015

This comes as a huge surprise to the college football world.

Missouri is set to take on BYU Saturday night.