While Barry Odom hasn’t had the recruiting success of new Missouri basketball coach Cunozo Martin, he does have the most important piece both for his current team and his future team.
The Tigers wrapped up spring practice on April 15 with their spring game. While Mizzou might not win much in 2017, it will be a lot of fun to watch with a high-powered offense led by junior quarterback Drew Lock.
As for a potential successor for Lock, the Tigers’ lone commitment to date for the 2018 recruiting cycle is dual-threat quarterback James Foster. He is the No. 13 dual-threat quarterback in the class, per the 247Sports composite rankings, and turned down offers from home-state powerhouse Alabama and Georgia.
Missouri went 4-8 in Odom’s first season. It wasn’t always pretty, but the Tigers did beat Arkansas and nearly knocked off Georgia early in the season. Offensive coordinator Josh Heupel helped fuel the offense, but its up-tempo pace hurt the defense.
In his first full recruiting cycle with little elite talent available in Missouri, Odom brought in the No. 42 recruiting class in the country. Mizzou got a late boost with the addition of Akial Byers, a former 4-star Alabama DT commit who is expected to join the Tigers this summer. Still, the class was 13th among the 14 SEC teams, with Byers the lone top-level recruit.
Odom had a guaranteed salary of $2.35 million during his first season at Missouri. In the previous edition edition of SEC Country’s approval rating poll, Odom came in at 70.9 percent, which left him No. 10 in the SEC.
So, how do Missouri fans feel about Odom now? Was Odom’s first season and first full recruiting class enough to convince Missouri fans that Odom was the right person to replace Gary Pinkel? Now is your chance to cast your vote.
Vote on Missouri coach Barry Odom’s approval rating
The SEC Country approval rating poll is designed to give an indication of fan happiness over a period of time.
Our formula is based on the percentage of respondents who select each answer. We multiply that percentage by the following factors: 1 (strongly approve), 0.67 (approve), 0.33 (disapprove) and 0.0 (strongly disapprove). In other words, if 50 percent of respondents select “strongly approve” and 50 percent select “approve,” the formula would be (50 x 1) + (50 x 0.67) = 83.5% approval rating.