Mizzou head coach: transparency trumps competitive edge

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FILE – In this Dec. 10, 2019, file photo, Eliah Drinkwitz is introduced as the new head football coach at the University of Missouri, in Columbia, Mo. Last week, members of the Missouri football team marched from The Columns on campus to downtown Columbia in protest of racial injustice. The idea came from sophomore safety Martez Manuel, but it quickly gained the support of new coach Eli Drinkwitz and his staff. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eli Drinkwitz could have kept private the COVID-19 testing numbers within the Missouri football program.

Instead, the new coach of the Tigers laid everything on the table ahead of their opener against Alabama.

The reason was quite simple: He believes the public health crisis that has killed more than 200,000 people in the U.S. alone is more important than any competitive advantage that could be gained by refusing to let the Crimson Tide know how many players could be ruled out.


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