ELI DRINKWITZ NICE PICTURE 12-9-19

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

The UM Board of Curators voted unanimously to hire Eli Drinkwitz as the University of Missouri's new football coach.

In a release, MU said Drinkwitz' contract "will be released after the completion of the human resources process."

"I can't wait for every Tiger to meet Eli, he's a special guy who has a magnetic personality that people will appreciate and enjoy. I'm thrilled to have him here at Mizzou leading our program, he's got passion, a plan and a vision that will take this program to great heights," Athletic director Jim Sterk said in a release. "We went on a search looking for the right coach at a crucial time, and we found him.  On behalf of everyone at Mizzou, I'd like to welcome Coach Drinkwitz, his wife Lindsey and their daughters Addison, Emerson, Ella and Parker Lynn to our family!"

Drinkwitz will be introduced at a news conference at 10:45 a.m. You can watch it live on ABC 17 and online.

We first reported Mizzou had reached an agreement with Drinkwitz on Sunday night.

Drinkwitz, 36, comes to MU from Appalachian State. He led the Mountaineers to a 12-1 record this past season. This past Saturday, Appalachian State beat Louisiana 45-38 to win the Sun Belt Championship.

Drinkwitz has one year of head coaching experience, but he's been an assistant coach at four different schools - Auburn, Arkansas State, Boise State and North Carolina State.

This past season - Drinkwitz's squad averaged 39.4 points per game. The Mountaineers rushed for 229 yards and passed for 206 yards per game. Appalachian State scored 69 touchdowns in 2019.