The search for football coaches at Missouri’s two NCAA Division I-AA schools continues. Missouri St. announced Monday that they have cut their pool of candidates to four. The most notable is former Kansas head coach Terry Allen, who is currently an assistant at Iowa St. Allen coached at Northern Iowa from 1989 to 1996, before a five season run at KU.
Another candidate is Mizzou wide receivers coach Andy Hill, who has been a Tiger assistant since 1995. Two Missouri St. alums are also in the running. They are: Deandre Smith, who is the running backs coach at Miami of Ohio and Mitch Ware, who is the offensive coordinator for Georgia Southern. Smith was a four-year starting quarterback for the Bears from 1987-1990 and was a consensus I-AA All-American. Ware was also a four-year starting quarterback, he played from 1976-1979.
Southeast Missouri State will interview two more candidates this week. Missouri Western head coach, Jerry Partridge, will be in Cape Girardeau on Wednesday for a visit and Tony Samuel, who is a Purdue assistant and former head coach at New Mexico St., will interview on Thursday. Washburn University head coach Craig Schurig interviewed last Friday.
Missouri St. is replacing Randy Ball, who was fired after completing his seventh season in Springfield. Tim Billings announced his retirement at the end of his sixth season at SEMO.