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As one would expect, it was a good few days for learning about the new head football coach.
The gridiron is where Odom found stardom, earning a scholarship offer from Oklahoma State despite playing his last three high school seasons on a torn knee ligament, but that opportunity vanished when Jones was forced out.
"Pat Jones left, (Bob) Simmons came in and they didn’t have a scholarship," said Odom’s father, Bob. "That was it."
Odom couldn’t have predicted it then, but he’s sure now that fate was at work.
From 2006-08, Odom had a hand in every behind-the-scenes activity that made the program run.
"He really wanted to be on the field coaching, but after doing (the operations job) for three years, we said that was the most amazing head-coaching experience you could have," his wife, Tia Odom, said Friday. "He was Coach Pinkel’s right-hand man. He managed the budget and recruiting and travel. Every facet of the program."
That part of Odom’s resume resonated with Justin Fuente when he hired Odom to run Memphis’ defense after the 2011 season.
"Last night, to my wife, when it all settled down, I said, ‘My players are OK. They’re OK,’ " Pinkel said.
That completed a transition that Pinkel envisioned last December when he hired Odom away from Memphis to be his defensive coordinator, although he hoped the handoff would be four or five years down the line. [...]
"I don’t get real close to my assistants," Pinkel said. "He’s about as close as I get. We talked a lot during the season when he was at Memphis. He’d call me or text me here and there, stay in touch a lot. We’ve always had a relationship that’s a bit special."
Odom’s background is in defense, but he said he’s picked up an idea or two over his 16 years of coaching when it comes to offense.
Namely, the types of offenses he had trouble with as a defensive coordinator.
"You’re not going to just walk out and say, ‘We’re going to be a spread offense.’ That may not fit what you have," Odom said. "But we’re going to do enough things within our offensive system that will be player-friendly. That will allow them to use the skills that they have and hopefully, through some of my experiences on the defensive side, give another defensive coordinator issues with the way they’re lined up, the tempo they play with, all the things that make a successful offense."
Whenever a new head coach and staff are put in place there is an opportunity to re-recruit players that were missed on by the old staff. Whether that translates into actual commitments is yet to be seen, but four-star Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst athlete A.J. Taylor,a Wisconsin commit, and three-star Wildwood (Mo.) Lafayette tight end Brendan Scales, a Alabama commit, told PowerMizzou that they would listen to Missouri if they reached out.
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"Getting to know him...he's a really, really good recruiter. He never shied away from going after the top guys in the country. Under Pinkel...They maybe didn't give it their all on four and five-star guys nationally. I think they focused more on guys they thought they had a legitimate shot at recruiting and developing. I think Missouri under Odom is going to develop a little bit more of a higher profile on the recruiting front."
Next hoops game: Wednesday
Mizzou Wrestling will depart Las Vegas, Nev., as the 2015 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational Team Champions. The Tigers finished the tournament with 154 team points, 41 points ahead of second place Cornell. #Tigerstyle had seven wrestlers place in the top-four, headlined by individual championships from junior 197-pounder J'den Cox (Columbia, Mo.) and redshirt junior 149-pounder Lavion Mayes (Mascoutah, Ill.).
Redshirt freshman 165-pounder Daniel Lewis (Blue Springs, Mo.) and redshirt senior 174-pounder Blaise Butler (Belvidere, Ill.) finished the tournament with third-place finishes. Lewis earned the "Most Falls in the Least Amount of Time" Award after posting five first-period pins over the tournament.
Five first-period pins. Holy smokes.