Missouri football coach Eli Drinkwitz gets major raise under new contract extension terms

Missouri head football coach Eli Drinkwitz got a big raise according to a contract extension signed Saturday and obtained by the Columbia Daily Tribune through an open records request. Drinkwitz will now make $6 million per season.

Under his previous contract, Drinkwitz made $4 million per season in total compensation before incentives. Of that, $450,000, was in his “base” salary, with the rest coming from other compensation, for apparel deals, television appearances and more.

The new deal runs through the 2027 season. It also includes substantial increases in the minimum salary pools for assistant coaches, which jumped from $5.2 million to $6.3 million, and support staff ($1.2 million to $3.5 million).

After the 2024 season, Drinkwitz’s total compensation will jump to $6.25 million. He will continue to receive quarter-million dollar raises every year through the 2027 season, after which time he will be making $7 million per year.

If the school is to fire Drinkwitz without cause before the end of the deal, it will owe him 75% of the remaining money left in the contract. If Drinkwitz terminates the deal before the contract ends, he will have to pay the school $6 million though Dec. 1, 2023, a number that will drop by $1 million each year.

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In his first game after signing the extension, Drinkwitz and the Tigers lost to Kentucky on Saturday at Faurot Field. After the game, he expressed his appreciation for the new deal.

“Incredibly grateful to obviously president (Mun) Choi, and Desiree (Reed-Francois) and the board for believing in the direction of our program,” Drinkwitz said Saturday. “I know today’s loss is disappointing, but it’s the belief in how we’re doing it and the direction that we’re going, and (I) really appreciate that belief.”.

Drinkwitz is not the only Missouri coach to receive a pay raise in recent days. Defensive coordinator Blake Baker also received an extension, giving him a bump up to $1.4 million per year in total compensation.

Baker’s deal goes through the 2025 season.

“I think we’re building something special,” Baker said on Tuesday. “I really do. When you look at the ways that we’ve lost and the points that we’ve lost by, man, we’re right there. So I do believe in what we’re doing here.”.

Drinkwitz, Baker and their players, who are not paid a salary by the school, will be back in action on Saturday against Tennessee in Knoxville.

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