Barry Odom reportedly lands new job in SEC
Former Missouri coach Barry Odom is staying in the SEC, as he’s reportedly landed a job at Arkansas as defensive coordinator on head coach Sam Pittman’s staff.
Football Scoop reported the news after Odom was mentioned as a possible candidate for Memphis’ open head coaching position, or a reunion with former colleague Justin Fuente as defensive coordinator at Virginia Tech.
Odom has a strong reputation as a defensive-minded coach in college football.
Missouri fired football Odom after the Tigers beat Arkansas at the end of the season, which ended a four-year stint for the former player who took over a program in disarray. The Tigers dealt with a cloud of NCAA uncertainty and news from an appeal related to sanctions that weren’t resolved until near the end of the season.
The Tigers finished 6-6 and 3-5 in the SEC. Odom had a 25-25 record.
The Tigers were projected to contend in the SEC East this season, and were in first place midway through the season, fueled by the arrival of high-profile Clemson transfer Kelly Bryant at quarterback. But the season began with a loss at Wyoming, and the Tigers lost LB Cale Garrett to a season-ending injury, then Bryan suffered knee and hamstring injuries down the stretch.
The school ultimately lost its appeal of NCAA penalties stemming from an incident with a rogue tutor. That decision left in place postseason bans, recruiting and scholarship restrictions.