Missouri defensive coordinator Dave Steckel will be introduced Sunday as the next head coach at Missouri State, a source confirmed to The Star on Saturday evening.
Missouri State has called a news conference for 5 p.m. Sunday to announce its new head coach.
A spokesman for the University of Missouri had no comment.
Steckel, 57, has been with the Tigers since 2001 when he joined Gary Pinkel’s first staff as the linebackers coach.
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He was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2009 and was made an associate head coach in 2011.
Steckel, a native of Fullerton, Pa., previously coached on Pinkel’s staff at Toledo and also had stints at Rutgers, Lehigh, Dickinson College, Minnesota, Ball State and Miami (Ohio).
Steckel, who was a finalist for the Broyles Award this season as the nation’s best assistant coach, received a raise to $600,000 per year in March when Pinkel signed a contract extension through 2020.
During SEC conference play, the Tigers, 10-3, had the best total defense and the top-ranked run defense, while the passing and scoring defense ranked second in the conference.
Missouri State elected not to renew Terry Allen’s contract Nov. 23 after the Bears completed a 4-8 season.
The most obvious candidates to replace Steckel are current Missouri defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski or Memphis defensive coordinator Barry Odom, a 1999 MU graduate who formerly served as director of football operations and safeties coach under Pinkel.