Barry Odom Is Leaving Mizzou
Following their 24-14 win against Arkansas, Mizzou has fired head coach Barry Odom. Odom finished 25-25 (13-19 SEC) in four seasons as Missouri’s head coach.
“I want to thank Coach Odom for his contributions to our program,” Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk said in a statement. “He and his staff have worked diligently during the past four years. Coach Odom has represented our program with integrity and dedicated himself to developing our student-athletes on and off the football field for which we are grateful. We wish the very best for him and his family in their future endeavors.”
He Deserves More Credit
This was the first time Mizzou has fired a head coach after a .500 record or better. While Odom’s performance wasn’t stellar by any means I believe he deserves more credit. Following a 4-8 showing in his first season, Odom took Missouri to back-to-back bowl games in 2017 and 2018. He also did a fair job navigating the 2015 fallout, and last years sanctions.
Let’s not forget Pinkel went 18-18 in years 2 to 4 in his first 4 years. Without patience from the AD, Pinkel never does what Pinkel ended up doing. Now Odom (18-17 in years 2-4) is gone after 4 years.
Odom may have inherited a bit more than previous HC Gary Pinkel (last Mizzou team pre-Pinkel: 79th in SP+, last team pre-Odom: 65th in SP+), but he endured his fair share of turmoil that surely made recruiting (and building a culture) challenging.
Was Barry Odom the head coach Mizzou hoped for? Probably not, but it doesn’t seem like he got a fair shot.