SEC Network analyst Jordan Rodgers names former SEC head coach as top choice for Vanderbilt opening
After spending four seasons as the head coach at Missouri, Barry Odom is now the defensive coordinator at Arkansas in 2020. But could he soon be returning to the SEC head-coaching ranks?
SEC Network analyst Jordan Rodgers believes Odom should get that chance, as Rodgers named the former Tigers head coach as his top choice for the new opening at Vanderbilt. On Sunday, the Commodores fired head coach Derek Mason with only one game remaining on their schedule.
Now, Vandy is searching for a new head coach. And Rodgers believes Odom could be the man for the job.
“Need a proven ‘program builder” and a guy built for this. As a first thought.. Barry Odom has the DNA for this job,” Rodgers tweeted.
Odom went 25-25 during his time at Missouri, which was his first stint as a college head coach. After the Tigers went 6-6 in 2019, he was fired following their loss to Arkansas in the season finale. Odom then joined the Razorbacks’ staff, serving under first-year head coach Sam Pittman this year.
Although Odom’s time at Mizzou ended with a .500 season, he led the Tigers to some success during his tenure, including an eight-win season in 2018 that resulted in a bowl appearance for the second straight year.
It will be interesting to see whether Odom gets legitimate consideration for the Vanderbilt job or whether the Commodores will have other candidates that they have more interest in. Considering Mason was just fired, they’re likely not too deep into their coaching search just yet.