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After unique search, Mizzou puts faith in Drinkwitz

The 36-year-old coach from Appalachian State agrees to six-year, $24 million contract, calls MU job "opportunity of a lifetime."

Hochman: Drinkwitz aims to be 'tip of spear' for Mizzou

With metaphors and mantras, coach Eli Drinkwitz won the press conference. Now can he win over players and recruits?

Drinkwitz calls Mizzou job 'opportunity of a lifetime'

Missouri's new coach hits the ground running on his first day on the job.

Graeler: Determined Drinkwitz, Mizzou could be perfect match

Eliah Drinkwitz is on a meteoric rise, and he hopes to elevate Missouri football with him.The 36-year-old coaching phenom cast his vision for his new program Tuesday as he was officially introduced as the 33rd head coach in program history, this just four days after leading Appalachian State to a Sun Belt Conference championship in his lone season there.“Our purpose is to win, make no mistake about it, but it’s to win the right way,” Drinkwitz declared to a [...]

'It's kind of crazy': Inside Mizzou's hire of Eliah Drinkwitz

Lindsey Drinkwitz said it felt like a month ago that she and her husband started to seriously consider a move.In reality, it was Saturday night when the dialogue started between Lindsey and her high school sweetheart, new Missouri head football coach Eliah Drinkwitz, about packing up and moving back to the Midwest.After Eliah’s first season in charge of Appalachian State drew attention for its success, his name emerged on a national scale. When Missouri began seeking its [...]

Aijha Blackwell named SEC Freshman of the Week

Missouri women’s freshman basketball player Aijha Blackwell has been named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week.Blackwell, a native of Berkeley, Missouri, was instrumental in leading the Tigers' offense this past week against Saint Louis (Dec. 5) and Kansas City (Dec. 8). Blackwell averaged 14.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.The weekly conference honor is the first of Blackwell’s career, and the first of the year for the Tigers. [...]

New leader's passion appeals to Mizzou players

If first impressions mean anything, Tigers wide receiver Barrett Banister is all in.Eliah Drinkwitz, introduced Tuesday morning as the 33rd head coach in Missouri football history, will be his new leader.Drinkwitz comes to Missouri after spending only one season as head coach at Appalachian State, where he led the nationally ranked Mountaineers to a 12-1 record and a Sun Belt Conference championship.“I think it’s an awesome hire,” Banister said. [...]

Drinkwitz embraces the challenges of his new job

New Missouri head football coach Eliah Drinkwitz is stepping into "an opportunity of a lifetime," as he puts it, but it's one that will have its fair share of immediate challenges.In November, the NCAA upheld sanctions on MU football, softball and baseball stemming from an investigation of violations by tutor Yolanda Kumar, who publicly claimed allegations of academic fraud against the university. The sanctions include three years probation for the entire athletic department; a 5% [...]

It's unanimous: Curators approve contract for Mizzou football coach Drinkwitz

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The University of Missouri officially has a new football coach.

It's official: Curators approve Drinkwitz as MU football coach

It's official: The University of Missouri Board of Curators on Tuesday morning unanimously approved the hiring of Eliah Drinkwitz to become the 33rd head football coach in school history.Drinkwitz takes over as leader of the Tigers after one season in charge at Appalachian State, where he led the Mountaineers to a 12-1 record and a Sun Belt Conference championship.“I’m excited for the opportunity of a lifetime to be the head football coach at Missouri,” [...]

Before Mizzou, Drinkwitz's rapid trajectory started at high school level

The man who will sign a six-year contract with a $4 million salary to lead the Missouri Tigers was coaching high school football in Arkansas just a decade ago.

Mizzou's Bolton, Elliott earn first-team All-SEC honors

Alabama, LSU land the most players on the media's all-conference team.

Drinkwitz's contract as Mizzou football coach will pay $4 million a year

Curators expected to approve six-year deal Tuesday before the new coach's introductory press conference. With just one year of head-coaching experience, Eli Drinkwitz will make more than Mizzou’s next-highest paid coach, basketball’s Cuonzo Martin, whose guaranteed salary is $2.9 million.

Mizzou's Bolton, Elliott named first-team All-SEC

Two defensive standouts are MU's only players on media's All-SEC team; LSU nearly sweeps individual honors.

Hochman: Drinkwitz can quench Mizzou's thirst to be an annual Top 25 team

New Mizzou coach Eli Drinkwitz is hailed by Gene Chizik, the coach of the 2010 national champion Auburn Tigers.

10 things to know about new MU coach Eliah Drinkwitz

Missouri football has its new leader in Eliah Drinkwitz.The former Appalachian State head coach has full confidence from Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk and the UM Board of Curators and is expected to be publicly introduced as the Tigers’ new coach late Tuesday morning.Before Drinkwitz takes the podium in Missouri black and gold, here are 10 things to know about the 33rd head football coach in school history:1. At 37 years old next September, Drinkwitz will [...]

Gordo's area hoop rankings: Mizzou halts free fall, Illini miss chance to climb

While SLU rolled on this week, Mizzou rebounded from a horrific loss and Illinois nearly broke out.

Drink it up: Mizzou set to hire App State football coach Eli Drinkwitz

Eight days after firing football coach Barry Odom, Missouri has his replacement: Appalachian State's Eliah Drinkwitz. Missouri and Drinkwitz agreed to terms for the 36-year-old to become the Tigers' next head coach on Sunday, pending approval of the UM System…

Drink it up: Mizzou reaches agreement with App State football coach Eli Drinkwitz

Pending Board of Curator approval, the 36-year-old will be the Tigers' next head coach.

Drinkwitz agrees to become Mizzou football coach

After winning the Sun Belt Conference championship as the head coach of No. 21 Appalachian State, Eliah Drinkwitz is Columbia-bound.Multiple sources confirmed Sunday that Drinkwitz has reached an agreement to become the next head football coach at Missouri after one season at the helm of the Mountaineers, pending approval from the UM Board of Curators.Although nothing was signed as of press time Sunday night, paperwork is expected to be finalized Monday morning and the move [...]

Mizzou coaching search: App State's Drinkwitz on the radar

Could it come down to Missouri vs. Arkansas for the 36-year-old Mountaineers coach?

Mizzou women's basketball defeated by UMKC, 59-56

Missouri women's basketball hoped to continue its winning ways on Sunday after its best win of the season earlier this week.The Tigers fortunes didn't last, however, as they fell to UMKC 59-56 at Kansas City's Swinney Recreation Center.Missouri led by as much as 10 in the game, but was outscored by eight points in the second half to fall to 3-7 on the season.Losing leads proved to be a destructive pattern for the Tigers in the game. MU held a five-point [...]

Drinkwitz emerges as frontrunner in search for MU football coach

After winning the Sun Belt Conference championship as the head coach of No. 21 Appalachian State, Eliah Drinkwitz may be Columbia-bound.Multiple sources told the Tribune over the weekend that Drinkwitz has emerged as a strong candidate for the vacant Missouri head football coaching position.Drinkwitz is in his first season leading the Mountaineers, leading them to a conference championship and a 12-1 record.He has coached at the FBS level since 2010 with stops as an [...]

Mizzou pulls away late from Temple to win

PHILADELPHIA — It had not been a pleasant week in Columbia, especially after Cuonzo Martin’s Missouri Tigers came out unprepared for visiting Charleston Southern and suffered an eight-point embarrassment Tuesday night.

Tigers top Temple to slip slump

Missouri men's basketball has officially ended its slump.The Tigers defeated Temple 64-54 Saturday night at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.Missouri improves to 5-4 and ends its three-game losing streak dating to Nov. 25.Javon Pickett posted 16 points off the bench for the Tigers, while Dru Smith was the only other MU player to score in double figures with 12.Missouri ended the game on a 14-2 run to take down the Owls after leading by six points at halftime. [...]

Blum: The state of Mizzou's search, and what it means for Sterk

As Missouri enters its second full week since the firing of Barry Odom, it's fair to wonder whether any Tiger football fan is satisfied.Many lingering questions remain tough to answer until his replacement has been announced and we all find out together whether the next coach’s methods turn into better results.Odom’s dismissal stemmed from what athletic director Jim Sterk sensed was a lack of momentum for the program going forward. A clean slate is what Sterk [...]

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