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Mizzou finds Pinkel’s successor in Barry Odom

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Missouri defensive coordinator Barry Odom walks on the field before the start of their NCAA college football game against Tennessee Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson) Missouri defensive coordinator Barry Odom walks on the field before the start of their NCAA college football game against Tennessee Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The University of Missouri has announced the hiring of Barry Odom as the football team’s newest head coach.

“We are extremely excited to announce Barry Odom as the new leader of the Mizzou football program,” said AD Mack Rhodes. “We had the opportunity to meet with a number of excellent coaches throughout our search. At the conclusion of that process, Coach Odom was the clear choice to serve as our next coach.”

The contract will keep Odom at Missouri for the next five seasons and Odom’s pay will be decided at next week’s curator’s meeting.

Odom will be replace Coach Gary Pinkel, who announced his resignation earlier this year due to health concerns resulting from his battle with Lymphoma.

Odom served as defensive coordinator under Pinkel during the 2015 season and lead the Tigers to a ninth ranked national defense.

Odom previously served as the defensive coordinator at Memphis and lead a resurgence at the program.  He was rumored to be a frontrunner for the opening at Memphis.  

Missouri finished the season 5-7 and turned down a bowl invite in 2015, but had won the SEC East in the two previous season.

Despite the struggles of this season, Odom will have big shoes to fill at his alma mater. Pinkel is the all-time leader in wins for the Tigers and will go down as one of the greatest coaches the university has ever hired. 

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