Missouri to hire Eli Drinkwitz as new head football coach

Appalachian State head coach Eliah Drinkwitz makes his way back to the sidelines during the second half of a game on Dec. 7

Drinkwitz reportedly will be the new football coach at Missouri.

That $4 million figure is almost $1 million more than what MU paid former coach Barry Odom, who was sacked November 30 after compiling a 25-25 record in four seasons.

Our news partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch report Mizzou will hire the Appalachian State coach to succeed Barry Odom, who was sacked November 30.

They defeated Louisiana 45-38 in the Sun Belt championship game Saturday night.

Sunday, the two sides agreed on terms, though the details of the agreement have not yet been made public.

They began moving Monday, naming assistant Shawn Clark as interim head coach as they launched a search for Drinkwitz' replacement. If Drinkwitz's new contract indeed pays him around $4 million per year, he'd become the eighth-highest paid coach in the league - another significant investment by MU into football following its recent completion of a $98 million south end zone renovation at Memorial Stadium.

The 36-year-old Drinkwitz went 12-1 and won the Sun Belt Conference championship in his lone season with the Mountaineers, a year that also included victories over North Carolina and SC.

Mizzou fired Barry Odom after a 6-6 season.

Eli Drinkwitz is expected to be confirmed Tuesday as the new head coach at Missouri, but Appalachian State isn't waiting for the official word. The Mountaineers are set to play UAB in the R+L Carriers Bowl on December 21. He then followed Malzahn to Arkansas State, where he coached the running backs in 2012 and added co-offensive coordinator to his duties in 2013. He was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Auburn from 2009-11, which included the 2010 BCS national title team featuring Cam Newton at quarterback.

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



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