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Barry Odom hones in on an offensive coordinator, and Gary Pinkel talks transition

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Mizzou Tigers pennant What's On

2010 Mizzou-Oklahoma.

You see ... because Josh Heupel was on OU's staff for that game, therefore ... hey, do I need a reason?

Post-Dispatch: Missouri closer to hiring an offensive coordinator?

Utah State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel was in Columbia meeting with Missouri coach Barry Odom on Wednesday, a source confirmed. ... It's unclear if Heupel was in town interviewing for the coordinator position or if he'd already agreed in principle to take a job on Odom's staff. Missouri has not formally announced any staff changes since Odom was announced as Gary Pinkel's successor last Thursday.

The UM System Board of Curators is scheduled to meet Thursday and Friday at UMSL where the board is expected to approve terms of Odom's contract, which typically includes the salary pool for his assistant coaches. Missouri's 2015 assistant salary pool of $3,630,000 ranked seventh in the SEC, according to USA Today's latest salary database.

The Trib: Heupel on Odom's radar as MU's offensive coordinator

[Heupel] made a base salary of $605,000 at Oklahoma in 2014, according to USA Today’s database of assistant coach salaries. Henson made $675,000 in his final year at Missouri.

Andy Hill, cornerbacks coach Cornell Ford and safeties coach Ryan Walters are the three coaches from Pinkel’s final staff who have confirmed they are staying on with Odom. Offensive analyst Kendall Bradley has joined those three and Odom on the recruiting trail as the Tigers make do with a short staff until Odom can fill the vacancies.

At some point in the next couple of days, we should finally see some serious movement in terms of either assistant coach hires or really well-sourced rumors/confirmation. I approve.

Mizzou Tigers pennant Recruiting

In the meantime, Odom and company are out recruiting.



Mizzou Tigers pennant That Gary Pinkel's been so available for interviews lately...

...makes me wish he'd been more available over the last 15 years, He's had some really interesting things to say.

The Trib (David Morrison): A Few Good Minutes with...Gary Pinkel

On Odom adopting an offensive philosophy...

"He knows every offensive issue and problem, things that caused the defense problems. I think it’s real important to get the right guy. He’ll do that. Someone that comes in with a system and a philosophy in place. He’ll do a great job with that."

On Odom not retaining some of Pinkel's staff...

"No question it’s difficult for me. But this wasn’t about take over Gary Pinkel’s program, let’s take everything in the infrastructure and run it. He had to do what was best for his football program. Sometimes, in that position, it calls for some very, very difficult and tough decisions. I know those were very difficult and tough for him. Any time you talk about relationships and people you know but, at the end of the day -- and it’s another thing I learned from Coach James -- you do what’s right for your football program. He did the things he felt were the right things to do. It took guts to do it, although it was very difficult. But I think that says a little bit of a statement about who he is and what he’s trying to get done. But do I feel for all my guys? Oh yeah. There’s no question about that. It’s difficult."

Alas, access isn't really much of a thing in college football anymore.

Mizzou Tigers pennant Award Season (i.e. Kentrell Season) continues

CBS Sports: 2015 College Football All-America Team

(Note: you don't have to scroll down to the second team to find him.)

Pro Football Focus: Superlatives for the 2015 college football season

Most dominant tackler

Most defensive stops: Kentrell Brothers (Missouri Tigers), 78

Missouri linebacker Kentrell Brothers forced more defensive stops than any other player in football, with 78. A defensive stop isn’t simply a tackle, it’s a tackle that causes an offensive failure and puts the defense in a more favorable situation. And that’s precisely what Brothers did in 2015, by frequently stopping opponents for little or no gain. Brother’s had six or more defensive stops in nine games, including the 14 he recorded in the Tigers season opener. TCU LB Paul Dawson led the nation in 2014 with 94 stops.

Mizzou Tigers pennant :(

The Trib (David Morrison): 2015 In Review: MU Offense vs. the Norm

Mizzou Tigers pennant #TigerStyle

The dual win streak gets put to the test this weekend.

The Trib: MU wrestlers face top-10 showdown with Buckeyes