Missouri’s decision to hire former Appalachian State head coach Eli Drinkwitz was one that turned heads on several levels.
For starters, Drinkwitz had only been with the Mountaineers for a single season, his only head coaching experience. He previously served as the offensive coordinator at North Carolina State (2016-18) and Boise State (2015).
Not only did the Tigers take a relative risk in hiring the brand new head coach, they threw him $4 million a year at Missouri – good for top-30 in all of college football – to convince him to make the jump.
And then during his introductory press conference on Tuesday, Drinkwitz had an epic blunder when addressing the Tiger fanbase for the first time.
In his time at the podium. Drinkwitz said his goal at Missouri was to “win the Sun Belt.”
“We must point our passion in the right way, and we’re going to unify our purpose,” he said. “Our purpose is to win, make no mistake about it, but it’s to win the right way. Our goal, our stated goal, is to going to be to win the Sun Belt. Uh, sorry, to win the SEC East, [and] a bowl game, with class, integrity, and academic excellence.”
Here was the clip:
— Harold R. Kuntz (@HaroldRKuntz3) December 10, 2019
Taking a look back at the official transcript from Drinkwitz’s introductory press conference at Appalachian State on Dec. 17, 2018, it appears that the new Missouri coach recycled the same speech he used last year.
“Our stated goal is to win the Sun Belt Conference Championship and a bowl game with class, integrity and academic excellence,” he said at the time.