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Yost Steps Down

***UPDATE: MONDAY, 1:55 P.M.***The University of Missouri football team announced David Yost has resigned his position as an assistant coach, after spending the past 12 seasons on Gary Pinkel’s staff. In a press release statement, Yost cited personal reasons for his decision, which is effective immediately.Yost had many titles on the Tiger staff: Assistant Head Coach, Recruiting Coordinator, Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks Coach, and Kicking Game coach. The departure will end a 17-season association between Pinkel and Yost. He initially joined Pinkel’s staff at Toledo in 1996 as a graduate assistant, and from 1997-2000, was Pinkel’s quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator, until moving to MU in the same position. “First off, I want to thank Coach Pinkel for an amazing 17 years,” said Yost. “He has done so much for me and I’m just so grateful for the faith that he showed in me and all of the opportunities that he sent my way. I also want to thank Mike Alden for the support he has given me personally, and to our program. Mizzou is a special place, and I know that we’re positioned to do great things going forward.””There are a lot of factors that played into the process of coming to my decision,” Yost added. “I feel like I’ve had a great run here and that it’s just the right time to turn it over to someone else. On one hand, it’s a really hard decision to make, but on the other hand, I feel good that it’s the right decision at the right time for me.”Tiger fans frustrated with the offensive struggles this season often turned to Yost as a scapegoat for his play-calling. “It is very difficult to imagine not having David as part of our staff,” said Head Coach Gary Pinkel. “I asked him to reconsider, but I respect his decision. He has been such an instrumental part of our program and everything we’ve built since we came here. There’s hardly an aspect of our program that he hasn’t had a hand in, and we’re going to miss his leadership and energy. He was responsible for a lot of things, and he did them all very well. He was an outstanding representative of Mizzou who busted his tail for our program. He’s going to be tough to replace.”Pinkel said that he will conduct a national search for Yost’s replacement, but that he will also consider internal candidates. There is no timetable for the timing of the hire.***ORIGINAL STORY***Missouri assistant head football coach David Yost is stepping down, effective immediately.Yost has spent the past 12 seasons on Gary Pinkel’s staff at Mizzou.Yost cited personal reasons for his decision.

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