Mizzou hires defensive line coach, Craig Kuligowski's replacement
Missouri coach Barry Odom is starting to fill out his first staff with the Tigers.
Days after the team announced offensive coordinator Josh Heupel, reports indicate that Odom has landed a defensive coordinator and defensive line coach.
The staff is starting to have an Oklahoma feel to it, as reports indicate the new defensive line coach will be Chris Wilson. The hire officially ends the long, successful tenure of former defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski.
Former USC DL coach Chris Wilson has accepted same position at Missouri under Tigers coach Barry Odom per source.
— Thayer Evans (@ThayerEvansSI) December 18, 2015
Wilson played for the Sooners from 1988-91. The 46-year-old has coached defensive line at Oklahoma, Colorado, Mississippi State, Georgia and most recently for the USC Trojans.
One of Williams’ most famous pupils, defensive end Leonard Williams, become the No. 6 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft. So those fearful that Mizzou’s factory of NFL defensive linemen will shut down should be pleased with the track record of the team’s new coordinator.
The Craig Kuligowski era at MU ends with 2 consensus All-Americans, 22 1st- or 2nd-team all-conference honorees in 15 years.
— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) December 18, 2015
Earlier in the day, the team announced DeMontie Cross as the next Mizzou defensive coordinator.
Missouri officially announces DeMontie Cross as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) December 18, 2015
Cross previously was co-defensive coordinator at TCU. Mainstream opinion on Heupel is split, but Odom has made two very respected hires on the defensive side of the football on Friday.