The Missouri football team has its new head coach, in the form of former defensive coordinator Barry Odom. At a Friday press conference at Mizzou Arena, Odom and Missouri Athletic Director Mack Rhoades faced the cameras together for the first time.
First thing Odom did upon entering the arena was walk over and give Gary Pinkel a hug.
Odom, when asked about the offensive side of the ball said as far as offensive philosophy he's looking for things that have been difficult to defend over the years. Not necessarily spread, whatever fit the personnel.
Rhoades, when asked about the on-campus protests affecting the interview process with outside candidates, replied simply, "It played no role."
Barry Odom, "This is where I wanted to be. Without question."
Odom on recruiting says it is about relationships. Says Missouri has tremendous high school football but also wants a footprint in Texas and the SEC.
Barry Odom mentions Harry Hiestand as having been a factor in his recruitment. Hiestand is currently the OL coach at Notre Dame.
Rhoades on Pat Ivey, "We've made no decision in terms of any other staff. It will be Odom's decision in terms of strength and conditioning"
Barry Odom pic.twitter.com/jtJnhHJnMn— Oscar Gamble (@OscarGambler) December 4, 2015
Here's the full Press Conference:
Here is Odom and Rhoades answering questions from the media
A longtime fixture at Mizzou, Odom, 39, takes over a program he has been immersed in at every level for some 14 years – including six in an administrative capacity (2003-08), four as a coach (2009-11, 2015) and four as a highly-successful student-athlete (1996-99). He has spent the past four seasons as a defensive coordinator, including three at Memphis (2012-14) and one at Missouri, where his units were considered among the best in the nation.
Here's former players reacting to Odom's hire:
Next on the agenda: Filling out an assistant coaching staff.