The relationship between a head coach and a quarterback is tantamount to success. But, Missouri football coach Eliah Drinkwitz and Brady Cook may have a relationship that’s a little too strong.
Eliah Drinkwitz is putting a lot of faith in Brady Cook. After all, Drinkwitz’s job could be on the line.
The former Arkansas high school coach was the head coach of Appalachian State for just one season before he got hired to coach the SEC program. But, it was a great season in Boone, North Carolina, as the Mountaineers went 12-1.
Since getting hired as the head coach at Missouri, things haven’t come as easy. The Tigers have gone 6-7 in back-to-back seasons after going 5-5 in his COVID-shortened first season. Missouri definitely has some disadvantages being in the SEC, but four straight seasons without a winning record would mean he’s likely gone after this year.
The Tigers got off to a good start on Thursday, beating South Dakota 35-10. Second-year starting quarterback Brady Cook was solid, if not spectacular, going 17-21 for 172 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions. After the game, Eliah Drinkwitz said just how much he loved him, by saying he wished his daughters were old enough to date him.
As strong an endorsement of a player as I've heard in 20+ years covering college football.
"Everything that I ever wanted to know about Brady Cook he's already told me.. he's got a girlfriend or otherwise I'd be trying to get him hooked up w/ once my daughters turn 18" pic.twitter.com/P7uzO1T5Sm
— Ben Arnet (@BenArnetKOMU) September 1, 2023
Alright coach. Not sure if that’s something I’d say, but glad you respect your quarterback that much.
Eliah Drinkwitz and Missouri host Middle Tennessee next week before welcoming 16th-ranked Kansas State in a huge matchup in week three.