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Barry Odom’s salary ranks last in the SEC. Does it matter?

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

1. USA Today released its annual NCAA football coaches salary database.

The numbers aren’t really that surprising. Nick Saban is No. 1, Urban Meyer is No. 2, yada yada yada. Dabo Swinney is probably underpaid at No. 7 (how Jim Harbaugh, Jimbo Fisher and Gus Malzahn are ahead of him is beyond me).

Barry Odom? He checks in at No. 56, with a total pay of $2,350,000. That’s last in the SEC, $250,000 behind Mississippi State’s Joe Moorhead.

Does that matter?

For me, no, it doesn’t. Odom is 14-15 in two and a quarter years at Missouri; he also received an extension on Jan. 15, 2018, as was laid out in his original contract. One thing that every major Power 5 program has shown is a willingness to renegotiate for a successful coach; so as long as Odom keeps winning, his earning potential keeps rising.

His buyout is also one of the lowest in the Power 5, so that’s a significant fact if Missouri’s season goes south. At this point, there’s not much risk for Missouri as the season continues to play out.

Given this, Barry Odom got his money’s worth of questions during the SEC coaches teleconference on Wednesday:

2. Missouri prepares for uncertainty at quarterback for South Carolina

I mean, I guess this headline by The State would make you think that, anyway.

But come on. Jake Bentley is going to be the starter against Missouri. No need for any uncertainty here.

3. The Nobel Prize is coming home.

I know this isn’t sports but anytime you earn one of the most prestigious awards in the world, you’re gonna get mentioned here. Sure, you may be the third item, but dammit, I’ll find room for you.

Congratulations, Dr. Smith! #MizzouMade

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