Some reunions aren’t meant to be. FootballScoop is reporting that Mizzou outside linebackers coach Brian Odom, younger brother of head coach Barry Odom, has turned down an offer to join the staff at Oklahoma.
A move to Oklahoma would have reunited the younger Odom with new Sooners defensive coordinator Alex Grinch.
Odom and Grinch worked together at Washington State in the 2015 and ’16 seasons. Grinch offered high praise of Odom when the coach departed for MU in 2017.
“He was vital to our staff. When you have someone who was a head strength coach like he was, he’s basically ran his own football program. It’s a unique deal, only something that a head coach and a head strength coach know about. To run a position room, that becomes a little easier with the background he has. Having that kind of perspective, in terms of motivating and dealing with players on a day-to-day basis, it’s a feather in his cap. Brian is a big detail-oriented guy. We’ll miss him here and I know he’ll do a great job at Mizzou.”
Oklahoma hired Grinch, who previously served as co-defensive coordinator at Ohio State, earlier this month.
Odom is also declining a homecoming. His college football playing career began at OU in 2000 before he later transferred to Southeastern Oklahoma.
Sooners linebackers coach Tim Kish recently announced his retirement.