Right after Missouri’s 36-7 win over Tennessee in Columbia last Saturday, Missouri head coach Eliah Drinkwitz met with Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel at the middle of the field for a postgame handshake as all head coaches do following a game.
The visit was short-lived, as Drinkwitz made a quick comment to Heupel before immediately dashing the opposite direction to do his postgame TV interview and meet with his players.
As Drinkwitz shook Heupel’s hand quickly, he had five words for the UT head coach: “We stand on business, Josh.”
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) November 15, 2023
Watch a clip from SEC Inside of Drinkwitz saying the comment to Heupel below.
Eli Drinkwitz ran up to Heupel after the game and said “We stand on business, Josh”.
He then turns his back and quickly walks away. What are your thoughts on this move? pic.twitter.com/laqhLkzNnZ
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The saying “We stand on business” has become popular slang recently. The phrase is open to interpretation for what it exactly means. But it means something to the effect of “We take care of business,” or, “We do what we say we’re going to do,” or, “We practice what we preach,” or, “We are about morals.”
The exact reason why Drinkwitz said the comment is unknown, but one could infer it was fueled by Tennessee’s back-to-back blowout wins over Missouri in 2021 and 2022. Tennessee’s big wins, especially the one in Neyland Stadium last season, also led to Drinkwitz’ comments during the postgame TV interview after the win.
“We had some unfinished business from last year. We took care of business,” Drinkwitz told CBS postgame. “Our defense kicked their ass.”
While Drinkwitz’ ‘We stand on business’ comment was a bit unorthodox, Drinkwitz has the right to celebrate a win of that magnitude. After all, it was likely the biggest win of Drinkwitz’ career, and his Tigers are now in prime position to go 10-2.