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Pinkel, who agreed to a new contract Tuesday worth $2.3 million per season, also is determined to keep his team focused on the Sooners (11-1, 7-1) despite the possible loss of both of his coordinators in the offseason. Offensive coordinator Dave Christensen left after Saturday's loss for a final interview for the head coaching vacancy at Wyoming -- which he landed, Pinkel said -- and defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus interviewed at Toledo on Sunday.
"You want your coordinators to get jobs," Pinkel said. "What has happened is people see the success we've had and they want to duplicate it, and that's a compliment to my players and my whole staff.
"Is that a distraction? No. That would be an excuse."
Christensen expects to finalize the deal for his first head coaching position on Tuesday, and Eberflus had no comment on his job prospects. Christensen, who has been with Pinkel since 1992, will stay with Missouri through the bowl game.
"I have an obligation to the university, to our players, to this program," Christensen said. "It's very, very important to me to make sure everything's finished at Mizzou and I give my absolute best to help this team win the next two games."
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