COLUMBIA — Missouri has hired former Appalachian State head coach and North Carolina State offensive coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz to be its next football coach.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch was the first to report the two sides, which met Saturday night in North Carolina after the Mountaineers defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 45-38 in the Sun Belt Conference title game, were close to reaching a deal. ESPN first reported the two sides had agreed upon a deal.
Missouri has not yet officially named Drinkwitz as head coach. The Board of Curators must approve his contract, and as of Sunday evening had not posted the required public notice of a meeting to do so.
Drinkwitz, 36, is from Norman, Okla., and coached at Springdale (Ark.) High School in 2004, the year after Gus Malzahn left to become Arkansas' offensive coordinator. He was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Auburn from 2009-11, which included the 2010 BCS national title team featuring Cam Newton at quarterback.
Drinkwitz also coached at Arkansas State from 2012-13, Boise State from 2014-15, and was N.C. State's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2016-18.
Appalachian State's previous head coach, Scott Satterfield, was hired at Louisville last offseason.
Drinkwitz guided the Mountaineers to a 12-1 record, a No. 20 ranking in the final College Football Playoff poll, the Sun Belt title and two wins against Power-5 opponents in North Carolina and South Carolina. Appalachian State will face Alabama-Birmingham in the New Orleans Bowl on Dec. 21. The Mountaineers have been bowl eligible in all five seasons since moving up from FCS.
Drinkwitz's previous salary at Appalachian State paid him $750,000.
Perhaps even more convincing of his coaching talent is NC State's offensive drop off this season: the Wolfpack averaged 33.8 points per game, 6.1 yards per play and went 9-4. This season, they scored 22.1 points per game, averaged 5.2 yards per play and went 4-8.
Missouri's coaching search, after firing Barry Odom on Dec. 1, lasted eight days.
Drinkwitz's staff at Appalachian State included former Missouri wide receivers coach Pat Washington, who coached the same position in Boone, and running backs coach Garrett Riley, brother of Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley.
Contract and staff details were not immediately known.