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Mizzou Football makes a few new staff hires

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Eli Drinkwitz’s staff is filling up

It felt like we waited a while to get some news on the defensive coordinator front. I guess Eli Drinkwitz knew we were all a little starved for news of any sort... because on Sunday, he tripled the hiring fun.

Just two days after announcing Steve Wilks as the new defensive coordinator, reports surfaced that Drink had also found his man to replace Brick Haley as the defensive line coach.

Franklin, like Wilks, is a longtime NFL stalwart, coaching defensive lines in Oakland, Tampa Bay, Green Bay and a few other places, including several Power Five schools. Notably, he coached Khalil Mack in their shared time with the Raiders.

In addition to Franklin, Eli Drinkwitz is also adding another new member to his staff.

It’s unclear how Russell will fit into the staff, especially considering Zac Woodfin is still around as the Director of Athletic Performance. Maybe there’s a crucial difference between the two that I’m missing? If so, please relay in the comments.

Oh, and one more thing before we forget — a new Offensive Graduate Assistant is also coming aboard. Matt Linehan, son of former St. Louis Rams’ coach Scott Linehan, announced his arrival at Mizzou yesterday.

Linehan was the starting QB for Idaho University from 2014-2017.

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