Barry Odom out as Missouri coach after four seasons

Barry Odom is out after four seasons as Missouri coach, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY Sports.

The person requested anonymity because the move has not been announced publicly. 

Odom ends his tenure with a record of 25-25 and two bowl appearances.

The Tigers just completed a 6-6 season with a defeat of Arkansas yesterday. They had started 5-1, led by Clemson quarterback transfer Kelly Bryant. But suffered five consecutive losses before the win against the Razorbacks.

“It wasn’t pretty,” Odom said of the victory Friday. “We all know that. But it was a win, and I’ll take as many of those as we can get. I’m happy for our team, I’m happy for our staff — the things that they’ve been through and the way that they kept preparing and putting our guys in position to play the way they did.”

Missouri coach Barry Odom watches the replay board during a play review in the second half against Florida at Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field.

Overall, the season, which included losses to Wyoming and Vanderbilt, was a disappointment, especially when it looked like the team could contend for the SEC East title at the halfway point. But then issues on offense, helped by injuries to Bryant, and defense sent the team on a losing skid.

Missouri will not play in a bowl game due to NCAA violations committed by a tutor. The school was appealing the decision during the season. The NCAA announced Tuesday the appeal was denied.

Odom played for Missouri from 1996-99. He returned to the school as a graduate assistant in 2003 and worked there in an off-field capacity before eventually becoming the team’s safties coach.

Odom left in 2012 for three seasons to be the defensive coordinator at Memphis. He was hired back by Missouri as defensive coordinator for the 2015 seasons and then succeeded Gary Pinkel the following year.

When asked about his job security after Friday’s win, Odom replied, “No idea. I’m going to wake up in the morning and go to work.”

Odom’s contract with the school ran through 2024. The buyout is $2.365 million, according to the USA TODAY Sports salary database for college football coaches.

Contributing: The Columbia Daily Tribune

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