With the current trajectory of the program, Eli Drinkwitz is going to be here for a while. Two days after Mizzou defeated Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl, Drinkwitz signed a contract extension keeping him in Columbia through the 2028 season. His previous contract extension that was signed last year ran through 2027. The athletic department released the news Sunday afternoon, but the details of the extension have yet to be released. Drinkwitz made $6 million on his previous contract and $4 million before that, but expect that number to bump following this season’s success.
“My family and I want to thank the Board of Curators, President Choi, and Desireé Reed-Francois for their faith in me as the head coach,” said Drinkwitz in the release by the Tigers athletic department. “You can’t do this alone, and our players, coaches, and staff have worked tirelessly and believed in the process of building a championship program.”
The rightfully earned extension comes after the most successful season in a decade for Mizzou where Drinkwitz was named the AP SEC Coach of the Year. MU won 11 games, topping the double-digit mark for the first time since 2014. The Tigers also produced a Heisman finalist in Cody Schrader, and on the recruiting front, signed one of its best recruiting classes in program history, including the nation’s No. 3 prospect, Williams Nwaneri.
Drinkwitz is 28-21 as Mizzou’s head coach including a .500 17-17 SEC record. The 28 victories are the most through the first four seasons by a Tigers head coach since Warren Powers and the 17 conference victories are the most since Dan Devine in that same timespan.
The momentum will continue into 2024 as the Tigers also extended both coordinators Blake Baker and Kirky Moore this month. Interest for the team is the highest its been in awhile as Faurot Field experienced its most consecutive sellouts for the first time since 1980 while attendance was up 10.4% from a season ago. With the team returning a lot of key pieces and attacking the transfer portal hard, expectations are high in the state.
“The passion of our fan base, alumni and donors is awesome, and we are proud to represent them,” Drinkwitz said. “We are extremely grateful for the resources they provide and the continued investment from our administration in Mizzou Football. All of it has allowed us to get to where we are. Why stop now?”