SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Missouri State University made the announcement that Dave Steckel will not return as the University’s football coach.
Missouri State will pay Steckel $340,000 to buy out his contract. The buyout will take effect on January 14th.
MSU Athletic Director Kyle Moats and Steckel met on Nov 27th to discuss the future of the program. After that meeting the University announced it was retaining the coach after five seasons.
Thursday Athletics Director Kyle Moats announced the two sides were parting ways. The University will hold a news conference on January 13th to address the situation.
His buyout comes from a private fund that will be paid out in 3 installments.
Steckel was 1-10 last season and won only 13 games in 5 seasons.
In a statement, Dave Steckel said he was thankful to Moats and MSU for the opportunity.
Current MSU assistant Justin Kramer will take over on an interim basis a national search will begin immediately.
On December 18th, 19 high school seniors or junior college players signed with Missouri State to play football with the understanding that Stec would be the coach. The Bears will try to keep that recruiting class in the fold. But each would possibly have the option to be let out of their letter of intent because of Stec’s status.
This is a developing story.