Coach Kuligowski to remain with Mizzou

4 years 7 months 3 weeks ago Monday, January 26 2015 Jan 26, 2015 Monday, January 26, 2015 12:11:00 PM CST January 26, 2015 in Tiger Talk
By: Ashley Colley, KOMU 8 Sports Producer

COLUMBIA - Missouri defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski doesn't plan to leave the program anytime soon. On Monday, Kuligowski released a statement saying he had withdrawn his name for consideration for a co-defensive coordinator coaching position at the University of Illinois.

Kuligowski said, "As a coach, you're always looking to advance yourself professionally in hopes of someday having a chance to become a head coach. It was important for me and my family to consider this opportunity, and I'm grateful to have gone through the experience, but after evaluating everything, what is best for us is to stay here at Mizzou. We've built something special here at Mizzou, and I'm excited to continue to be part of it."

The news of the possible job at Illinois began floating around Sunday night after this tweet was sent from Football Scoop - who named Coach Kuligowski as their National Defensive Line Coach of the Year.

Missouri defensive coordinator Dave Steckel left the program to become the head coach at Missouri State following the team's Citrus Bowl victory over Minnesota on January 1. Head coach Gary Pinkel announced Barry Odom as Steckel's replacement. Kuligowski has been alongside Pinkel for 23 years, 19 of them at defensive line.

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