You know what game we hadn’t played in a while? Who’s Barry Odom Following! I saw it referenced on the PowerMizzou boards yesterday, and indeed, it might be telling. Or it might not be. That’s part of the fun.
Playing this game when Odom was first hired was both enlightening and misleading. It put Brick Haley on everyone’s radar, and a year later Odom managed to bring Haley to Columbia. But it also brought up names like Tosh Lupoi and Darin Hinshaw, who obviously didn’t make it to Columbia.
With that obvious caveat in mind, let’s check out Odom’s recent follows.
The last two follows:
Sterlin Gilbert is a name I mentioned in my initial “broad list of candidates” post.
Sterlin Gilbert runs a variation of the air raid not too far from Heupel’s vision. USF skewed a bit more run-heavy this year thanks to the presence of incredibly mobile quarterback Quinton Flowers, but he’s young and quickly gaining in experience and prowess.
I got excited at first because I thought I listed him among what I considered the most realistic five, but evidently I chose Sonny Dykes — now SMU’s head coach — for the fifth spot instead.
Todd Monken, meanwhile? Interesting. Monken was Mike Gundy’s offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State when the Cowboys nearly won the national title in 2011, and he flipped Southern Miss from 1-11 in 2013 to 9-5 in 2015 when he was head coach in Hattiesburg. He’s spent the last two seasons as offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Bucs under head coach Dirk Koetter; they were 19th in Off. DVOA in his first season and are up to 15th this year, but the defense has imploded, and they’re only 4-9.
Knowing how quick the hook is for head coaches in the NFL, might that get Koetter fired? If so, you could certainly make the case that Monken might be in the market for a new job. But this follow could also be a complete and total coincidence. It also might not be.
More Football Links:
- New offensive line commit Javon Foster talked to PowerMizzou about why he chose Mizzou.
- Something I would have mentioned had I not completely botched Monday morning’s links post: Odom got himself a two-year contract extension recently. The money really isn’t different, but the job security is.
- Stud St. Louis defensive tackle prospect Michael Thompson enjoyed his Mizzou official visit last week. Didn’t say much more than that.
- Tre Williams thought Terry Beckner Jr. was kidding when Beckner said he would be returning in 2018.
- Williams, Albert Okwuegbunam, Larry Rountree III, and Trystan Castillo: members of the SEC all-freshman team.
- Josh Heupel taking the UCF job won’t impact Drew Lock’s pro-or-no-pro decision. (I’m going to guess that the hiring of a current NFL offensive coordinator, i.e. Monken, wouldn’t hurt either in that regard.) He is evidently still awaiting his draft grade from the NFL’s advisory council.
- Heupel’s new offensive line coach is officially Glen Elarbee. And, uh, he’s not coordinator or co-coordinator? Huh. Can’t wait to hear more of that story.
Help us welcome @coachjoshheupel’s newest staff members:— UCF Football (@UCF_Football) December 11, 2017
⚔️ Billy Ray Johnson
⚔️ Kurt Schmidt
- Coaches departing = disrespect fuel, evidently. Mizzou’s gonna beat Texas for sure.
- Enjoyed this exchange between L’Damian Washington and Odom quite a bit:
1st and goal...I like my chances!— Barry Odom (@Coach_Odom) December 12, 2017
- Other things I would have mentioned yesterday if I didn’t suck: Mizzou Wrestling, fourth in the country, moved to 2-0 in MAC play with another dominant win. Next up: the Tournament of Champions in Reno.
- Also belated: Mizzou Women’s Basketball has now won nine games in a row since the season-opening upset loss to WKU. They are now 16th in the AP poll.
- By the way, did you catch Godfrey’s PAPN return episode over the weekend?