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Citing personal reasons, Mizzou’s OC steps down

David Yost AP

While rumors of Gary Pinkel‘s demise at Missouri never came to fruition, there were rumblings that, coming off a subpar season in the Tigers’ first season in the SEC, a shakeup to the coaching staff could be forthcoming.

Monday morning, that speculation officially turned into a reality, and a rather stunning one at that.

In a release, Mizzou announced that offensive coordinator David Yost has resigned his position, effective immediately.  Yost cited “personal reasons” for his decision, saying he felt it was the proper time to turn the keys to the offense over to someone else..

“First off, I want to thank Coach Pinkel for an amazing 17 years,” said Yost.  “He has done so much for me and I’m just so grateful for the faith that he showed in me and all of the opportunities that he sent my way.  I also want to thank Mike Alden for the support he has given me personally, and to our program.  Mizzou is a special place, and I know that we’re positioned to do great things going forward.

“There are a lot of factors that played into the process of coming to my decision. I feel like I’ve had a great run here and that it’s just the right time to turn it over to someone else.  On one hand, it’s a really hard decision to make, but on the other hand, I feel good that it’s the right decision at the right time for me.”

Yost has been on Pinkel’s staff at Mizzou since the coach came to Columbia in 2001, serving first as quarterbacks coach before being promoted to coordinator in 2009.  Yost’s relationship actually extends back to 1996, serving as a grad assistant on Pinkel’s Toledo coaching staff.

Given that relationship, and at least for public consumption, Pinkel said he asked Yost to reconsider his decision.

“It is very difficult to imagine not having David as part of our staff,” said Pinkel.  “I asked him to reconsider, but I respect his decision.  He has been such an instrumental part of our program and everything we‘ve built since we came here.  There’s hardly an aspect of our program that he hasn’t had a hand in, and we’re going to miss his leadership and energy.  He was responsible for a lot of things, and he did them all very well.  He was an outstanding representative of Mizzou who busted his tail for our program.   He’s going to be tough to replace.”

Following Mizzou’s move from the Big 12 to the SEC, the Tigers saw a precipitous drop in production on the offensive side of the ball.  After finishing 30th in the country at 32.8 points per game, the Tigers somehow lost a touchdown and an extra point on their way to a new conference, dipping to 81st nationally at 25.7 ppg.  They lost nearly a quarter of their total offense, going from 12th nationally (475.5 yards per game) to an alarming 96th.

In fairness to Yost, the combination of much better defenses in the SEC and injury issues with the starting quarterback played a significant role in that startling offensive decline.

While Mizzou will launch a national search immediately, there’s no specific timetable for hiring a replacement.

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11 Responses to “Citing personal reasons, Mizzou’s OC steps down”
  1. kdbroom says: Dec 3, 2012 11:42 AM

    Mizzou “somehow lost a touchdown and an extra point on their way to a new conference”? I think the reason is due to the higher quality defenses they faced. They scored 20, 10, 15, 10, and 7 in five of six their league losses. Injuries played a role too, but they simply played better defenses.

  2. zhangmaster says: Dec 3, 2012 5:40 PM

    When asked to elaborate on his personal reasons, David Yost responded that he needed time to focus on his entry to the Westminster Dog Show as a komondor.

  3. missouriman4ever says: Dec 3, 2012 6:41 PM

    You mean next year we will have more than 10 plays in the playbook? It’s about time. 11 years was long enough. I hope they go under center more. Maybe recruit a few power backs and some beefier lineman. Or as Sheldon Richardson would put it, play some more “old man football”. Good riddance Yost. That playbook worked in the Big 12, you didn’t adapt it to the SEC, then you got the ax. Good to see Pinkel doing the right thing and letting him go because I sure as hell don’t think Yost resigned like reported.

  4. kcrobert10 says: Dec 3, 2012 6:58 PM

    A change needed to be made it was obvious. Now I hope coach pinkel goes outside of his current staff to find a replacement new blood is required at ole mizzou.

  5. js20011041 says: Dec 3, 2012 8:26 PM

    @missouri

    How did A&M do this year? They really got in the I formation and pounded that fucking pigskin, didn’t they?

    This notion that certain schemes work at different levels or different conferences and some don’t is a myth perpetrated by the ignorant.

  6. missouriman4ever says: Dec 3, 2012 10:09 PM

    @js2

    It wasn’t the scheme that A@M ran that made them successful, it was the playcalling. Any mizzou follower could tell you that over half our plays were QB draws and wr screens. A@M went vertical n the passing game, that’s why they succeeded. They let their playmakers make plays, we didn’t.

    As for me calling for more power backs and stuff, that’s just my preference. I side with you thinking that you don’t have to play a certain way to win. Our offense had no troubles in the Big 12 and it wouldn’t have in the SEC had we mixed up the playcalling a little more. That, is on Yost.

  7. vols84 says: Dec 3, 2012 10:42 PM

    Is that hair for real? Looks like he is headed to be the OC at Colorado after the state legalized the “sticky-icky”

  8. vols84 says: Dec 3, 2012 10:43 PM

    Hearing Jim Cheney’s name associated with this opening.

  9. bbeaman78 says: Dec 4, 2012 4:12 AM

    Mizzou this season is called karma for leaving the big 12 and thinking your program was better than it was.

    You never won the Big 12, how did you think you would be competitive in the SEC.

    Change coordinators, head coaches, or conferences it doesn’t matter. It is “lipstick on a pig”.

    End the in still a pig or in other words still an average football program.

  10. miserynmossouri says: Dec 4, 2012 7:47 AM

    Mizzou will be an average SEC team. This is not a place the best recruits want to play football. I don’t care who u decide to replace Yost with, you need top tier players.

  11. dg0122 says: Dec 4, 2012 7:52 AM

    How can you take someone with that haircut seriously?

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