Shane Palma-23Sports

This Sunday, the University of Missouri hired Eli Drinkwitz as their new head coach of the football program. The move comes nine days after Mizzou fired former coach Barry Odom, who is now rumored to be in the running for a coaching position at Memphis.

Drinkwitz, 36-years-old, led Appalachian State to a 12-1 record in 2019, including a Sun Belt Conference championship. Before taking the job at App State, he was an offensive coordinator at Boise State and then North Carolina State. Having participated on a coaching staff in four separate bowl games, Drinkwitz remains undefeated in those contests and has yet to lose up to this point. With only one true season of head coaching under his belt, the question stands, can Drinkwitz bring the Missouri football program back to legitimacy?

Odom’s 25-25 overall record during his tenure at Mizzou never amounted to fans expectations. Having worked with now NFL starting quarterback Drew Lock and former Clemson Tiger Kelly Bryant, Odom’s coaching style and inability to win consistently left much to be desired. Despite never winning an SEC championship, we here at MUTV wish Barry Odom the best in his future coaching endeavors.

While people may question this hire due to Drinkwitz’s lack of experience when it comes to being a head coach, Mizzou needed to take the chance. Bringing back Odom would not have solved anything but injecting the program with youth and a breath of fresh air could be just what it needs. Drinkwitz may be a question mark, but the rewards that go along with this risk are bountiful.

There are no official numbers on a contract yet, but expect those to be released in the coming days. Appalachian State play their upcoming bowl game on December 21st against UAB. For Mizzou fans interested in seeing what a well-oiled team can operate like, I suggest tuning in.