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Missouri Hires Barry Odom To Be Next Head Coach

The Tigers are promoting from within to succeed Gary Pinkel.

Missouri Athletics

Arkansas' MOST HATED RIVAL has a new leader.

Missouri has wrapped up their coaching search by promoting Barry Odom to the top job. He'd been the Mizzou defensive coordinator last season.

Odom is a former Tiger player, and began his coaching career in Columbia. He eventually left to become the defensive coordinator at Memphis, helping to lead that program's turnaround before leaving to go back to Columbia before last season.

He was actually heavily rumored to get the Arkansas defensive coordinator job in early 2014 before the Razorbacks eventually hired Robb Smith.

Despite a dismal 2015 season, Missouri did field one of the top defenses in the SEC. The big, immediate question is whether Odom can lead a turnaround of Missouri's offense. Early reports suggest he'll look to bring on new coaches on that side of the ball.

It's our hope that Odom proves to be a great and worthy opponent to continue Arkansas' legendary rivalry with Missouri.