Blake Baker receives contract extension


COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Missouri has approved a contract extension for defensive football coordinator Mizzou Blake Baker throughout the 2025 season, which includes an increase in his annual salary, head coach Eliah Drinkwitz announced Thursday.

“We’re really thrilled with not only Blake, but the rest of our defensive staff as well,” Drinkwitz said. “He’s done a really good job using our program and playing well together and making good calls at the right time. I appreciate our administration and our athletic department and the board of curators for investing in our program and we look forward to Coach Baker being our defensive coordinator for a long time.”

Baker, in his freshman year at Mizzou, had led a defense that ranks in the top half of the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers are allowing just 310.6 yards per game, the 19th-best mark nationally — a marked improvement from the 2021 team which allowed 434.7 yards per game, ranking 106th in FBS. The 87-seat improvement ranks second nationally, behind Virginia (+90) which ranked 121st in 2021 and moved up to 31st in 2022.

“I’m honored by the trust Coach Drinkwitz has placed in me and I look forward to continuing to help improve our team,” Baker said. “Make no mistake, it’s a reflection of the hard work of our defensive team and, more importantly, our players. We have a resilient squad, and no matter where the ball is, they step in and play hard. My family and I love Columbia and look forward to the years to come.

Mizzou (4-4, 2-3 SEC) returns to Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on Saturday to face Kentucky. The Tigers will celebrate Military Appreciation Day and Agriculture Day in a game that begins at 11:00 a.m. CT and will air on SEC Network and Tiger Radio Network.

Single game tickets and group tickets are available for the 2022 football season by calling 1-800-CAT-PAWS or visiting online football tickets page.

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