Appalachian State's Eliah Drinkwitz asked about Arkansas job
No. 21 Appalachian State won the Sun Belt Conference Championship Saturday over Louisiana-Lafayette to improve to 12-1 on the season.
Lane Kiffin to Ole Miss threw a wrench in the Hogs coaching search, and now, it appears that Arkansas is resetting its search. Mountaineers head coach Eliah Drinkwitz is a candidate, and he was asked about potential openings after the conference championship game.
“My family and I love it here,” Drinkwitz said in his postgame press conference. “We’re very excited about what we’re doing at App State, but at the same time every opportunity, you know, I owe it to the family — my family — for my family to see what’s something that we’re interested in. But I’m not in any hurry to leave. I feel strongly that we’re building something special here.”
He was also asked if he had heard from Arkansas at all.
“Well, I haven’t haven’t check my phones yet, but we’ll see. I don’t know,” Drinkwitz said. “I don’t know. I don’t have a lot of answers for you right now. I’m trying to process winning the first conference championship of my career, processing doing something that’s never been done before, and I understand that y’all got jobs to do, and it’s going to be a crazy time, but the most important thing for me is just to enjoy the moment right now, and then we’ll figure it all out. We’ll figure it all out. Best answer I’ve got for you is, ‘I don’t know.’ And that’s just being honest. I don’t know.”
Eli Drinkwitz initially dismissed questions about Arkansas as “fake news,” then left the door wide open.
“Every opportunity, I owe it to my family to see if that’s something that we’re interested in.”
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Drinkwitz has ties to Gus Malzahn at Springdale High School (Arkansas) and at Auburn. The 36-year-old has gone 12-1 in his first season at Appalachian State.
Along with Drinkwitz, current interim head coach Barry Lunney Jr. and Butch Davis have been mentioned as candidates for the job.