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Curators to meet after Mizzou reaches agreement with new football coach

Andrew Kauffman


The University of Missouri has reached an agreement with a new football coach, according to a source. Eliah Drinkwitz is expected to be the 33rd head coach of the Mizzou football team.

An MU spokesman said an official announcement is close, but nothing will happen Sunday night. The UM Board of Curators will hold an executive session on Tuesday at 8:05 a.m.

Drinkwitz, 36, comes to MU from Appalachian State. He led the Mountaineers to a 12-1 record this past season. On Saturday, Appalachian State beat Louisiana 45-38 to win the Sun Belt Championship.

Drinkwitz has one year of head coaching experience, but he's been an assistant coach at four different schools - Auburn, Arkansas State, Boise State and North Carolina State.

This past season - Drinkwitz's squad averaged 39.4 points per game. The Mountaineers rushed for 229 yards and passed for 206 yards per game. Appalachian State scored 69 touchdowns in 2019.

On the Appalachian State website, several high profile coaches/athletes praised Drinkwitz when he was hired by the Mountaineers in 2018 - including former Mizzou football coach Barry Odom.

"I've gotten to know Eliah over the past few years and am so impressed by his vision, work ethic and ability to relate to all," Odom said in 2018. "His abilities show through in the ways his team plays. He sees the big picture and will put his kids in a position to be successful in every area of their lives."

Multiple other news outlets have also confirmed the news, including PowerMizzou, ESPN and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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