Report: Mizzou working on contract extension for coach Barry Odom
Six games into the 2017 season, the Missouri Tigers were 1-5 and staring an abysmal 2-10 record in the face.
However, since that point, all coach Barry Odom’s Tigers have done is win six-straight games to finish the season 7-5 and earn themselves a trip to a bowl game.
Now, instead of being on the hot seat, Odom is working on an extension to stay in Columbia, according to Dave Matter of STLToday.com:
(T)he school and the coach have started negotiations on a contract extension, a university source confirmed. Odom has three years remaining on his original five-year contract that pays him a guaranteed salary of $2.35 million plus incentives.
Having a coach on a four-year contract is very important when it comes to recruiting, as players don’t generally want to go to a school with an uncertain future at head coach.
Of course, we see time and time again that schools are willing to bite the bullet and pay hefty buyouts if things go south, but for now, Odom is safe.
The extension, if and when it is signed, will be a well-earned one and one that will, surprisingly, give Mizzou one of the more stable coaching positions in the SEC.