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Linebackers coach Steckel promoted

Updated: March 10, 2009, 6:19 PM ET
By Tim Griffin | ESPN.com

Dave Steckel was hired as Missouri's new defensive coordinator, only a couple of hours before the Tigers began spring practice.

Steckel will replace Matt Eberflus, who quit Pinkel's staff last month to become linebackers coach with Eric Mangini's staff with the Cleveland Browns.

Steckel, 51, has served as linebackers coach at Missouri for all eight seasons of Pinkel's coaching tenure. In four of his last five seasons, the Tigers have had an All-Big 12 linebacker.

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