Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Odom Hires Younger Brother to Coach Mizzou Linebackers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Odom Hires Younger Brother to Coach Mizzou Linebackers

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COLUMBIA, MO. * Missouri football coach Barry Odom kept his latest hire in the family.

Brian Odom, the head coach's younger brother by almost 5 years, will take over as MU's new outside linebackers coach, the team announced Friday. Brian Odom, 35, replaces cornerbacks coach Greg Brown, who left the staff last month for Auburn. With the move, Odom will reshuffle his staff, assigning safeties coach Ryan Walters to coach the entire secondary. Defensive coordinator DeMontie Cross will coach inside linebackers.

Brian Odom, a former administrative assistant and defensive graduate assistant at Mizzou in 2005, has spent the last two seasons as a defensive quality control coach at Washington State, where he's helped coach linebackers under coordinator Alex Grinch, a former Mizzou assistant.

Odom previously spent three seasons at Houston as the football team's co-director of sports performance, serving as the primary strength and conditioning coach. Before that he spent seven years as Arizona's associate director of performance enhancement.

"I'm excited to get my family back to the great town of Columbia and be part of a school that I've followed closely for over 20 years now," Brian Odom said in a prepared statement. "I'm really excited about the future of the program and it's an honor to coach in such a prestigious league as the SEC and represent the state of Missouri. I'm looking forward to doing great things with this outstanding staff."

"I'm excited to have Brian join our staff," Barry Odom added. "He will be a great fit for us in a variety of roles. He has an understanding of the defensive structure we're going to run. He's been around it extensively his last couple of years at Washington State, and he and I have spent a lot of time together personally prior to that studying and sharing defensive philosophies.

"He's got a great mind for football, and he has a strong background in leading, mentoring and motivating players to improve themselves and attain goals. I know what I'm getting with Brian, and I know the opportunity to be back at Mizzou means a lot to him."

Odom's choice of his younger brother could signal a change to Missouri's base defense. …

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