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Steve Wilks cites “longevity” and “vision” as reasons for coming to Mizzou

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Mizzou introduces Steve Wilks, gives him a bag of cash

Monday represented the first opportunity Missouri fans had to get to know Steve Wilks, new coordinator of defense under Eli Drinkwitz.

In a morning press conference, Eli Drinkwitz spoke about the process of hiring Wilks before turning the microphone to Wilks himself. The new DC talked about a lot of things, including his excitement to coach Trajan Jeffcoat, but noted that longevity was key in choosing his destination.

“When I talk about longevity, Coach Drink just got here last year,” Wilks said Monday at his introductory news conference. “He’s going into his second year. When you look at what he’s put in place, the direction in which his program is going, I just felt in line with his vision and his expectation.”

It definitely has to feel good to have some security, especially for a coach who was canned less than a year after he started each of his previous two jobs.

Then again, securing a hefty bag probably didn’t hurt either.

Two years for a total of $2.4 million may not seem like a lot for a football coach these days, but as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch points out, it’s the most money an assistant has ever made at the University of Missouri.

During the press conference, Eli Drinkwitz also confirmed that former Raiders DL coach Jethro Franklin is in the hiring process with the university.

You can watch the full press conferences below, courtesy of ABC 17 News:

Ignore the weird thumbnails. The press conferences are actually in there.

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