Eli Drinkwitz reportedly receiving big raise in leaving Appalachian State for Missouri
Eli Drinkwitz will be receiving a substantial raise after he officially leaves Appalachian State for Missouri.
The University of Missouri Board of Curators is holding a meeting on Tuesday morning to ratify a $4 million contract for Drinkwitz, according to Rudi Keller of the Columbia Daily Tribune. The contract details were still being finalized Monday morning, but the compensation package had been set.
Drinkwitz was making $750,000 per season in his five-year contract at Appalachian State, where he only spent one season. Missouri must pay Appalachian State $1.7 million to buy out that contract.
Drinkwitz is replacing Barry Odom, who was fired after the Tigers went 6-6 this season. Odom was paid a base salary of $450,000 year in addition to $2.6 million for personal, radio and TV appearances and apparel endorsements.
In his one season at Appalachian State, Drinkwitz was successful as he led the Mountaineers to a 12-1 record and a berth in the New Orleans Bowl. They’re set to face UAB in that game on Dec. 21.
Drinkwitz had never previously been a college head coach before getting hired at Appalachian State. He spent time as an assistant at Auburn, Arkansas State, Boise State and N.C. State.
Now, Drinkwitz will lead Missouri into the future and try to turn around a program that has had some struggles in recent years.