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Steckel headed to Springfield

MU coordinator to be head coach at Missouri State December 14, 2014 at 2:02 a.m. | Updated December 14, 2014 at 2:02 a.m.
In this Jan. 1, 2014, file photo, Missouri defensive coordinator Dave Steckel speaks during an NCAA college football news conference in Irving, Texas.

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Missouri State is expected to announce Missouri defensive coordinator Dave Steckel as the head coach of the Bears today, according to reports by the Springfield News-Leader.

An article by Lyndal Scranton of the News-Leader said multiple sources have confirmed the move, and the Kansas City Star reports to have confirmed the hiring through a source as well.

A news conference is scheduled for 5 p.m. today to announce the new Missouri State football coach, according to an athletics department press release.

Steckel is in his 14th year as linebackers coach at Missouri. He has also been the defensive coordinator the past six seasons, and in 2011 he was given the title of associate head coach.

Steckel, a 1982 graduate of Kutztown University, coached with Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel at Toledo. He has also coached collegiately at Rutgers, Lehigh, Dickinson College, Minnesota, Ball State and Miami (Ohio).

The Tigers defense allowed just 300.8 yards per conference game this season, best in the Southeastern Conference, en route to a second straight SEC East Championship.

Missouri State is coming off a 4-8 season, after which coach Terry Allen's contract wasn't continued.

The Bears haven't had a winning season since 2009 and haven't reached the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs since 1990.

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