The second year under Missouri coach Barry Odom was expected to be an improvement on a debut that saw the team go 4-8. Although that hasn’t been the case, Odom has the support of his athletic director.
The coach has been under heavy criticism after a season-opening win over Missouri State was followed by a five-game winning streak in which the Tigers were only close in one game (40-34 loss to Kentucky).
On Tuesday, AD Jim Sterk talked discussed Odom’s job security after the program’s 6-13 start on his watch.
“There’s things that could happen, but I expect (Odom) to be back,” Sterk said Tuesday, according to the Columbia Missourian.
Sterk highlighted Missouri’s improvement in October (40-34 loss at Kentucky, 53-28 loss vs. Georgia, 68-21 win vs. Idaho). He even mentioned an optimistic goal for this year’s squad.
“I think we’ve played a heck of a lot better the last three games,” Sterk said. “They’re really looking to flip the season, to go 5-1 (in the second half) instead of 1-5.”
Sterk explained that the mentality of the team is in good standing, and Odom has done things behind the scenes that has Mizzou football headed in the right direction.
“Barry has made changes in that locker room to make it a more positive situation,” Sterk said. “I think that people don’t see that part of it and that culture of the team developing.”
Mizzou plays the second of a two-game departure from SEC play when it travels north to face UConn. The Tigers will return home to host Florida the following week.