Missouri hires Derek Dooley as its new OC, QBs coach
The Missouri Tigers have hired their next offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in former Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley.
Dooley had been serving as the Dallas Cowboys WRs coach since 2013. Dooley, of course, coached Tennessee from 2010-2012 before being fired from the university. Dooley replaces the Tigers’ former OC Josh Heupel, who left to become the head coach at UCF.
“I am excited to be a Mizzou Tiger and look forward to helping Coach Odom carry out his vision for the program. I am grateful for this opportunity, and am ready to get to Columbia and go to work,” said Dooley in a statement.
Barry Odom also released a statement Friday.
“I’m excited for our football program, Derek brings tremendous energy, knowledge and experience to our staff,” said Odom. “He will do a great job of mentoring our student-athletes in all areas of their lives, and I know he will add great benefit and loyalty to our staff room with his experiences he’s gained over his career. His football knowledge and offensive beliefs are in line with what will make Mizzou very successful. We have a great foundation to build on and along with the rest of the offensive staff we will put our kids in position to be their very best. I’m very happy to welcome the Dooley family to our organization!”
Dooley has been an assistant coach at Georgia, SMU and LSU before moving to the NFL with the Miami Dolphins. He returned to college as Louisiana Tech’s head coach from 2007-2009 before being hired at Tennessee.
Interestingly, Odom interviewed many candidates for the job, and Dooley’s name was never really mentioned for the job.
No doubt his first line of business will be recruiting QB Drew Lock to stay for his senior season.