In news that stunned the college football community, Dave Yost resigned as the offensive coordinator at Missouri on Monday. Yost had spent 17 years as a member of Gary Pinkel's coaching staff, beginning with a graduate assistant position at Toledo in 1996. Yost followed Pinkel to Missouri in 2001 and was promoted to offensive coordinator before the 2009 season.
The news is no doubt surprising to Pinkel, who stated that he expected no staff changes after Missouri's 5-7 debut season in the SEC. According to the school's press release, he will conduct a national search for Yost's replacement, but will also consider internal replacements. It will be interesting to see if he chooses to continue the Tigers' spread offense or use this opportunity to fashion the offense more like Missouri's SEC East rivals.
“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."
Yost cited personal reasons for his decision to step down.
“There are a lot of factors that played into the process of coming to my decision,” Yost said. “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 was instrumental in shaping Missouri's spread offense, helping to turn Brad Smith and Chase Daniel into two of the most productive quarterbacks in school history, and molding Blaine Gabbert into a first round NFL draft pick.
Yost also coached Missouri's place kickers and two of his players, Grant Ressel and Jeff Wolfert, went on to earn All-America honors during their time in Columbia.