COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Eli Drinkwitz has been the head coach at Missouri for just over seven months.
He has yet to lead the Tigers onto the football field, much less win a game, yet his role in the community already has forced him to take some important stands.
First, it was supporting his new players as they pushed for equality amid the Black Lives Matter movement. Now, it is encouraging folks to wear masks when they are out in public, which health experts insist is among the best ways to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus - even though, much like social justice, it has become a highly politicized issue.