Missouri’s coaching staff just got a little bit bigger. In more ways than one.
Former Oklahoma and NFL offensive lineman Jon Cooper will join the Tigers coaching staff as an offensive assistant, Cooper announced Sunday on Twitter. Cooper’s father Tom played football at Missouri between 1972 and 1975, leading the younger Cooper to refer to Missouri as “in his blood.”
Prior to this hiring, Cooper worked as an offensive assistant at his alma mater. In his playing days at Oklahoma, Cooper was twice named a first-team all-Big 12 player and in 2008 was the Big 12’s offensive lineman of the year.
Cooper played four seasons in the NFL, three with the Minnesota Vikings and one with the Tennessee Titans. The 29-year-old played in 13 games, starting 12 before returning to the college ranks for coaching.
Missouri beat writer for the St. Louis Dispatch Dave Matter said he expects Cooper to join the Missouri staff as an “offensive analyst.”