Reports say Mizzou football will hire Eliah Drinkwitz as new head coach

Ruben Hill
December 9, 2019

The University of Missouri is finalizing a deal to hire Eli Drinkwitz as its new head football coach.

He has only one season of head coaching experience, this past season at Appalachian State. He also led the Mountaineers to the Sun Belt Conference Championship. He will replace Barry Odom. The school will not be playing in a bowl game after the NCAA last month upheld a postseason ban after a tutor for several Missouri teams admitted to completing coursework for athletes. Four years later, athletic director Jim Sterk is going the opposite direction, choosing Appalachian State's Eliah Drinkwitz as the Tigers' next football coach.

The thought is that if Drinkwitz can spike the Mountaineers program just as he did in 2019, he can do so in Columbia next season. They were the only FBS team to have a 6-0 road victory, including wins at Power Five opponents North Carolina and SC. Their only loss came in a 24-21 defeat to Georgia Southern on October 31.

Drinkwitz appeared to have his choice of SEC schools in either Mizzou or Arkansas.

When Gus Malzahn left Auburn to become head coach at Arkansas State in 2012, Drinkwitz came along with him as running backs coach.

Prior to Appalachian State, Drinkwitz was an offensive coordinator for North Carolina State and Boise State.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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