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Missouri hires Eli Drinkwitz as new football head coach

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Missouri Tigers have reportedly hired Eli Drinkwitz as their new head football coach. He replaces Barry Odom, who was fired at the end of the season.

The Tigers System Board of Curators will have to approve the deal before it becomes official. The school is expected to approve the contract on Monday morning.

Appalachian State Mountaineers head coach Eli Drinkwitz yells to his team in the first half against the South Carolina Gamecocks
Eli Drinkwitz yells to his team in the first half against the South Carolina Gamecocks (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

While financial terms were not disclosed of his new contract, he is expected to be officially introduced at the school on Tuesday.

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Drinkwitz spent just one season as the Appalachian State Mountaineers head coach. During his one-season with the Mountaineers, he guided the team to a 12-1 record.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Drinkwitz interviewed with school officials following the game on Saturday. The Arkansas Razorbacks were also considering him; however, the Razorbacks hired Georgia Bulldogs offensive line coach Sam Pittman as their new football leader.

He also guided the program to Saturday’s Sun Belt Conference Football Championship. The No. 20 Mountaineers defeated the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns to a 45-38 win at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, North Carolina.

During the 2019 regular season, the Mountaineers defeated two Power Five programs. Appalachian State defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels and the South Carolina Gamecocks.

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With this move, the 36-year-old continues his rise in the coaching circles. He now will be a part of the Southeastern Conference, one of the toughest conferences in the country.

He takes over a Mizzou team that went 6-6 on the season. While the team was Bowl eligible, the football program was not able to play in a Bowl contest due to an NCAA postseason ban.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 11 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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