Barry Odom will be presented publicly in a press conference set for 12 p.m. CT on the main floor of Mizzou Arena. The event is open to the public and will be televised live on the SEC Network.
Watch these again and again
Obviously player reactions don't a successful hire make, but after such a long, strange, trying month ... damn, it feels good watching this stuff.
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. [...]
"I'm tremendously honored to have this opportunity," said Odom. "It's something I've thought about for a long time as I've made my various stops leading up to this point. I understand the responsibility we have to not only carry on the tradition of excellence that Gary Pinkel has built here, but also to help this program reach new heights. Mizzou means the world to me and to my family, and we couldn't be more proud and excited to be in this position. There are so many people I am thankful for from throughout my career – they are responsible for allowing me to learn and understand all the facets of building a program – that I couldn't name them all. I'm grateful to Chancellor Hank Foley, President Mike Middleton, the Board of Curators and Mack Rhoades for their faith in me, and to Gary Pinkel for his support over the years. I can't wait to get started."
"I'm just happy. That's all," MU linebacker Michael Scherer said as he left the building. Odom, 39, has agreed in principle to a 5-year deal, with financial details of the contract to be released when approved by the University of Missouri Board of Curators at its regularly scheduled meeting December 10-11 in St. Louis.
He loves Mizzou and the players love him: "I know Columbia and have been in Missouri for a long time, and I know the university and I owe the University of Missouri a whole lot," Odom said before the season. "I got my education here and started a family here and met my wife here. So those are all things that at the end of the day are awesome on a number of levels." The chance to lead this program will mean a lot to Odom. Clearly, the players like the hire based on the reaction Odom got when he was introduced to the team as the head coach by athletic director Mack Rhoades:
"I think it’s pretty important. With that particular group of players, he’s already built a rapport. He’s already had their utmost respect. You can see some of the video reaction to him being named as coach. He’s always been a guy, starting off as head coach at Rock Bridge at 23 years old, he’s always someone that has had the wisdom of someone much older and earned the respect of somebody much older. I think that’s just kind of always been there for him. But I think the biggest thing, in a time where there’s a little bit of that turmoil, having the trust of those players but also having their respect. I think he’s, again, the right guy for the job."
Barry Odom: (Missouri - defensive coordinator / linebackers coach): Odom spent nine years at Missouri in various roles such as director of recruiting, director of football operations, and safeties coach before making a splash as the defensive coordinator at Memphis from 2012-2014. Odom’s experience in multiple roles is beneficial to his ability to grasp the big picture, an important factor and point of consideration for athletic directors in the hiring process for a new head coach. While at Memphis, Odom served an integral role in the best turnaround in college football over the last three seasons which led to multiple job offers in the offseason. Odom chose to return to Missouri as the defensive coordinator. With another successful season in 2015, Memphis coach Justin Fuente will likely have an opportunity to lead a Power-5 program, and Odom may have an opportunity to return to Memphis as the head coach.
So now we wait to find out about assistant coaching hires. Keeping Andy Hill might be an issue, as he has been named the leading candidate to fill the Montana State head coaching position. Meanwhile...
#MizzouMade70 Keep Ricker here— Evan Boehm 7⃣7⃣ (@BIGboehmTHEORY) December 4, 2015
Nothing wrong with a player stumping for his position coach. Everybody chill.— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) December 4, 2015
I'm going to stand up for a guy that I love and loved to be coached by. Taught me so much then football! I'll do me you do you!! ✌ ️— Evan Boehm 7⃣7⃣ (@BIGboehmTHEORY) December 4, 2015
Border War Rematch
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Mizzou Volleyball opened its 2015 NCAA Tournament on Thursday with a 3-1 (21-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-17) triumph over Missouri State. With the win, the Tigers advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in program history. All seven second round trips have come under Wayne and Susan Kreklow's tenure in Columbia, Mo. [...]
Mizzou concludes its trip to Lawrence, Kan., on Friday, Dec. 4, for its second round matchup in the 2015 NCAA Tournament. The Tigers will face Kansas with first serve scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (CT) inside the Horejsi Family Athletics Center. The match will broadcast live on ESPNU via WatchESPN.
The Tigers were functioning at their highest level as the match drew to a close. Chants of "M-i-z, Z-o-u" and "S-E-C!, S-E-C!" rang out in the match’s waning moments inside the cozy gym that’s attached to Allen Fieldhouse on the University of Kansas campus.