Missouri State coach Steckel not cleared

(STATS) - Missouri State coach Dave Steckel isn't cleared to return to the sidelines for Saturday's home finale against No. 17 Northern Iowa after undergoing eye surgery Nov. 5.

Offensive coordinator Mario Verduzco and defensive coordinator Marcus Yokeley will again coach the Bears (1-8, 0-6 Missouri Valley Conference) after doing so in last week's 47-7 loss at then-No. 21 Youngstown State.

Steckel said he will meet with his players before kickoff to thank the 18 seniors who will be recognized during pregame ceremonies on the field. He also won't be able to watch from the press box but plans to follow the game privately before heading to the locker room after it ends.