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Odom announces Wilson as new Mizzou defensive line coach

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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)

(KMOV.com) - The University of Missouri officially announced the hiring of Chris Wilson as the team’s defensive line coach on Monday.

Wilson served under the same title at USC last season, his only season for the Trojans after joining the staff of former USC coach Steve Sarkisian.

Wilson has also served on coaching staffs at Colorado, Oklahoma, Mississippi State and Georgia in a coaching career that’s spanned 23 seasons.

"I've known of him and thought highly of him for a number of years," Missouri head coach Barry Odom said in a statement from the athletics department. "He's very passionate about coaching the defensive line, and he's got a great feel for fundamentals and understanding what it takes to mentor a group and lead them and have them playing at their best level.”

Wilson will serve under newly named defensive coordinator DeMontie Cross, who played for the Tigers as a defensive back and was an all-conference performer at Missouri in the mid-90’s. Cross most recently acted as the linebackers coach at TCU and as the Horned Frogs’ co-defensive coordinator in 2015.

The hires mark the first major moves under Odom and fit replacements for the defensive coordinator position that he held under Coach Gary Pinkel and the defensive line coaching position that has been held by Craig Kuligowksi for the last 15 seasons.

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