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Missouri State University Hopes To Hire New Football Coach by February



Missouri State University officials said on Monday they hope to have a new football coach within two weeks. 

In a press conference at JQH Arena, MSU President Clif Smart and Director of Athletics Kyle Moats briefed reporters after the university signed a separation agreement with outgoing coach Dave Steckel after five seasons.

Smart began the press conference by defending Steckel from critics, citing the team’s high grade point average and Steckel’s method of handling conflict.

There will not be a search committee, they said.  Moats said several people have expressed interested in the position, and that he and Smart will look at each candidate’s merits on a case-by-case basis.

Josh Conaway is a graduate of Missouri State University with a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in International Affairs. He works as a news reporter and announcer at KSMU. His favorite part of the job is exploring the rich diversity of the Ozarks and meeting people with interesting stories to share. He has a passion for history and running.