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Mizzou names Barry Odom head football coach

COLUMBIA, MO (KFVS) -

The University of Missouri has named Barry Odom as the new head football coach.

Odom, the current assistant coach and defensive coordinator has agreed, in principle, to a five-year deal that makes him the 32nd head coach in MU history.

He will replace Gary Pinkel, who announced his retirement in November. Pinkel's decision was health-based, as he was diagnosed in May of 2015 with lymphoma, a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer of the blood.

The financial details of the contract will be released when they are approved by the MU Board of Curators at its regularly-scheduled meeting Dec. 10-11.

Odom will be presented publicly in a press conference set for Friday, Dec. 4 at 12 p.m.

As part of Mizzou for a long time, the 39 year old has been involved in every level for some 14 years; including six in an administrative capacity, four as a coach and four as a student athlete. He has spent the past four seasons as a defensive coordinator, including three at Memphis and one at Missouri.

“I’m tremendously honored to have this opportunity,” said Odom.  “It’s something I’ve thought about for a long time as I’ve made my various stops leading up to this point.  I understand the responsibility we have to not only carry on the tradition of excellence that Gary Pinkel has built here, but also to help this program reach new heights.  Mizzou means the world to me and to my family, and we couldn’t be more proud and excited to be in this position.  There are so many people I am thankful for from throughout my career – they are responsible for allowing me to learn and understand all the facets of building a program – that I couldn’t name them all.   I’m grateful to Chancellor Hank Foley, President Mike Middleton, the Board of Curators and Mack Rhoades for their faith in me, and to Gary Pinkel for his support over the years.  I can’t wait to get started.”

Born Nov. 26, 1976 in Lawton, Okla., Odom and his wife Tritia (Tia) were married in July of 2000.  Tia is a native of Kahoka, Mo., and is a graduate of MU’s College of Human Environmental Sciences.  The couple has three children – sons James Trump and Garyt Robert, and daughter Anna Lockwood.

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