Coaches in, coaches out
Missouri did not have a full-time tight ends coach last season, but offensive coordinator Josh Henson worked with the group.
Of the six hires Odom made to fill out his staff, half are Oklahoma alums -- Heupel, Finley and defensive line coach Chris Wilson. All but Heupel are either Texas natives or coaches who have played or coached in Texas.
Pitts, who served as a defensive analyst for the Tigers, got caught up in the major turnover the Missouri coach staff has undergone in the past couple of months. Head coach Gary Pinkel stepped down after the season due to health issues and defensive coordinator Barry Odom was named as his replacement.
I reached out an found that the former Helias head coach leaving Mizzou had mostly to do with DeMontie Cross wanting to bring some of his guys over from TCU.
Updated Big Board
Updated Big Board
So here's Mizzou's complete coaching staff:
- Head Coach: Barry Odom. Here he is talking to the media. He'll make $2.35 million
- Offensive Coordinator: Josh Heupel. More on him here. Here he is talking to the media. ($700,000)
- Running backs coach: Cornell Ford ($360,500)
- Wide Receivers coach: Andy Hill ($417,500)
- Tight End coach: Joe Jon Finley
- Offensive line coach: Glen Elarbee
- Defensive Coordinator: DeMontie Cross. More on him here, here he is talking to the media. ($600,000)
- Defensive line coach: Chris Wilson ($395,000)
- Cornerbacks coach: Ryan Walters ($340,000)
- Safeties coach: Greg Brown ($325,000)
- Strength and Conditioning coach: Rohrk Cutchlow ($360,000)
Fun 1st Day Out Recruiting in Missouri! Actions Speak Louder Than Words! #MIZZOU— Glen Elarbee (@Gelarbee) January 15, 2016
Huge win for the Mizzou women
It was the Tigers’ first win over a ranked opponent this season. Mississippi State is the highest-ranked opponent Missouri has beaten since it upset then-No. 4 Baylor on Jan. 4, 2006. Missouri’s Sophie Cunningham scored a game-high 22 points, 18 of which came in the game’s final 15 minutes. Jordan Frericks added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
On beating a ranked opponent…
"Whatever game is in front of us is the game we are going to focus on no matter who is ranked and who is not. Our next game is Arkansas and that is our next challenge. No matter what, we want to get that win and we are going to do whatever we can to get it. The other stuff is just a bonus."
National Collegiate Athletic Association releases new guidelines on dealing with the mental health of college athletes, an issue that remains a top concern for the association's chief medical officer.