As if there weren't enough news going around already on Signing Day, Missouri made official what had been rumored for a couple of days: Jackie Shipp is the Tigers' new defensive line coach. After losing Wilson, his first choice for defensive line coach, to the Philadelphia Eagles after a month, Odom turned to Shipp.
Shipp is a former recipient of the All-American Football Foundation Mike Campbell Top Assistant Coach Award and has been named by Rivals.com as a Top 25 recruiter nationally. Details of Shipp's contract will be released once fully executed, along with the completion of human resources procedures.
"I'm thrilled that we have the opportunity to welcome Coach Shipp to the Mizzou family," said Odom. "He has had great success throughout his career and that includes developing some of the best defensive linemen in college football. I've seen him recruit with relentless energy and have always been impressed with how he gets his players to play the game. I'm most excited about him leading and mentoring our student-athletes and providing them with a platform for success in life," he said.
As has been common with many of Odom's selections, Shipp has the requisite Oklahoma ties. A product of Stillwater, Shipp attended Oklahoma in the early-1980s and was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the first round of the 1984 draft.
Shipp has served as a linebackers or defensive line coach for more than two decades. He spent a year at Langston University (1991), a year at Central Missouri State (1992), a year at Tennessee Martin (1993), three at SIU (1994-96), one at NE Louisiana (1997), and one at Alabama (1998) before new Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops brought him aboard in Norman in 1999. He spent 14 seasons with his alma mater, then joined Todd Graham's staff at Arizona State, where he has spent the last three years.
While ASU had a disappointing season overall in 2015, the line wasn't the reason why. The aggressive Sun Devils ranked eighth in Adj. Line Yards (11th in stuff rate, 36th in opportunity rate, 64th in power success rate), and the pass rush ranked 34th in Adj. Sack Rate. ASU has had a strong pass rush in each year of Shipp's tenure, and in 2013, ASU lineman Will Sutton won the Pac-12's defensive player of the year award.
Shipp now makes his way back to the SEC for the first time since his season in Tuscaloosa.