What’s Eliah Drinkwitz’s Buyout if Fired By Missouri?

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Missouri head coach Eliah Drinkwitz reacts during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Auburn, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022 in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
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Andrew Doughty @DoughtyBetMGM Oct 23, 2022, 10:01 AM
  • Drinkwitz is in his third season as Mizzou head coach.
  • He signed a six-year deal in December 2019.
  • Drinkwitz's buyout is 70% of his remaining contract.

In five years, Eliah Drinkwitz went from an unknown Group of Five tight ends coach to a Power Five head coach with a six-year, $24-million contract. Unfortunately for the 39-year-old former Gus Malzahn assistant, he might not be a Power Five head coach much longer.

Now in his third season as Missouri head coach, Drinkwitz is still seeking big-time wins – and nearly got one against Georgia in Week 5 – and is potentially on the college football hot seat.

What is Eliah Drinkwitz’s Contract?

Eliah Drinkwitz signed the six-year, $24-million term sheet on Dec. 8, 2019.

The contract, not signed until May 18, 2021, actually runs through Jan. 15, 2026, but for all intents and purposes is a six-year deal.

His annual base salary is only $400,000, but he has $3.5 million in additional “non-salary compensation,” an amount equal to the sum of four different $887,500 annual payments.

Drinkwitz hasn’t signed an extension or received a raise since arriving from App State three years ago.

What is Eliah Drinkwitz’s Buyout?

If fired without cause before his contract expires on Jan. 15, 2026, Drinkwitz is due a buyout equal to 70% of the remaining value of his contract.

If fired, for example, immediately after the 2022 regular season, the buyout would be approximately $9 million.

Fifty percent of a buyout is due within 30 days of termination. And remaining 50% is due as equal monthly installments through the remainder of the contract, i.e., Jan. 15, 2026.

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Andrew Doughty is a writer for BetMGM with a focus on college football, NFL, college basketball, and NASCAR. A graduate of the University of Kansas, he previously wrote for Sports Illustrated and HERO Sports.

Andrew Doughty is a writer for BetMGM with a focus on college football, NFL, college basketball, and NASCAR. A graduate of the University of Kansas, he previously wrote for Sports Illustrated and HERO Sports.