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Mizzou Links for Thursday, November 10: Drink gets a hefty raise... for not winning. Cool cool cool

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Failing Upwards?

I don’t know about your jobs, y’all... but most people, when they don’t do well, don’t get rewarded. You don’t get tenure. A raise. A bonus. A parking spot. You get the picture. Hell, some places (cough-cough, you know who you are) don’t reward their employees when they even DO good work. But tell that to Eli Drinkwitz, who currently, with his new extension and increased salary, will be the 9th highest paid coach in the SEC, though going into next year since Heupel is likely getting a raise (maybe Beamer?), it’s expected he’ll be 10th or 11th.

That’s why this... per the Post-Dispatch’s Dave Matter, caused many a side eye on the ol’ Rock M slack channel, as well as the whole internet, even if you ultimately get why DRF & the BOC decided this was the move.

Eli Drinkwitz’s new Mizzou contract increases salary to $6 million in 2023, up to $7 million in 2027

This man hasn’t yet qualified his team for a bowl game, as the Tigers are 4-5 this year with a 2-4 SEC record. And officiating ineptitude aside, Mizzou should have beaten Kentucky last weekend. See Aaron’s piece. Or the podcast. Or Nate’s BTBS. Or any number of articles saying this same thing. And, per Matter, they’re 20.5-point underdogs in Saturday’s game at No. 5 Tennessee.

So yeah... make it rain, Drink!!!! Get that moneyyyyy, honeyyyyyyy. (so sorry, I know y’all LOVE when I elongate words like that.)

Even with this raise, the Tigers’ spending still puts them right in the middle of the conference. Mizzou should really invest in one of those money bazookas the rest of the conference seems to have. Maybe they can borrow the 20k t-shirt cannon? Will that work? I kid. But really, it cost that much.

Here’s some media tweets on the whole ordeal announcement:

Matt Stahl: The coaching market is completely batshit across the entire SEC. Only going to get more wild in the coming years with that sweet, sweet TV money coming in (and still none of it going to actually pay the labor)

Ben Fred: Not sure what Drink pays agent Jimmy Sexton, but it’s not enough.

So, yeah... I guess Mizzou has really decided to go for it with ol’ Eli, huh? At least the deal appears to come with a favorable buy-out for the school and more money for the staff salary pool (read Matter’s article for more info on this)?

Podcast Producer Levi knows what should be done this that cash.

I know — I KNOW — football reigns supreme over here, but dammit if the University didn’t give some money to some other sports that actually are good right now (sorry, not sorry) and just as much deserve- if not MORE SO - better facilities, more staff members, more perks, etc. to compete in the beloved Southeastern Conference...


On to the Links

This is an accurate representation of me these days after no sleep, working the election, and now I’m sick.

Yesterday at Rock M

More Links:



  • Loving this Noah Carter video
  • Robin Pingeton, conducting interviews with babies in tow (that’s Kate Gilbert’s son):
  • Women’s Hoops has their home opener this evening at 7pm against Bradley. After a dominant victory over Missouri State, this team is just getting started (oh, and don’t forget to read Lauren’s preview in the morning):
  • And Hannah, the Last of the Linthacums! (with more from

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Other Mizzou Sports

Mizzou in the Pros

  • Jordan Clarkson & Quin-less Utah Jazz (10-3):

11/9 vs ATL (W 125-119): 35 min | 23pts on 7-18 shooting (2-7 from three, 7-7 FT)| 4 REB | 5 AST | 2 TO | 1 PF | +16

11/7 vs LAL (W 139-116): 29 min | 22pts on 8-12 shooting (5-6 from three, 1-1 FT) | 4 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 3 TO | 3 PF | +16

11/6 vs LAC (W 110-102): 30 min | 23 pts on 8-15 shooting (6-9 from three, 1-1 FT) | 3 REB | 5 AST | 1 BLK | 5 TO | +6

UP NEXT: Sat, 11/12 vs WASH at 5pm | Sun, 11/13 vs 76ers at 6:30pm

11/9 vs Indiana (W 122-119): 36 min | 17pts on 7-14 shooting (3-7 from three) | 6 REB | 2 AST | 1 BLK | 1 TO | -6

11/7 vs Spurs (W 115-109): 30 min | 24pts on 9-16 shooting (4-8 from three, 2-2 FT) | 6 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 2 PF | +3

11/5 vs Spurs (W 126-101): 30 min | 15pts on 6-10 shooting (3-6 from three) | 9 REB | 1 STL | 2 TO | 3 PF | +27

UP NEXT: Fri, 11/11 vs BOS at 6pm (NBA TV) | Sun, 11/13 vs BULLS at 7pm

  • Dru Smith (Miami Heat, 4-7) has not played a second since his debut in a single game on 10/26.

UP NEXT: 11/10 vs Charlotte at 6:30pm | 11/12 vs Charlotte at 7pm

  • Jontay Porter (Wisconsin Herd, 1-2)

11/9 vs CLEV (L 112-103): 22 min | 8pts on 4-10 shooting (0-4 from three) | 8 REB | 2 AST | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 1 PF | -3

11/5 vs Bulls (W 112-102): 31 min | 10pts on 3-9 shooting (2-3 from three, 1-2 FT) | 12 REB | 4 AST | 4 BLK | 4 PF | +8

11/4 vs Bulls (L 115-110): 18 min | 16pts on 5-10 shooting (3-5 from three 2-2 FT) | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 4 TO | 3 PF| +19

UP NEXT: Tonight, 11/10 vs CLEV at 6pm on ESPN+ | Sat, 11/12 vs Cruise at 7pm | Tues, 11/15 vs Cruise at 6pm ESPN +

  • Ka-kaw!

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