Barry Odom isn’t having the greatest first season as a head coach.
After leading Missouri’s defense last year, Odom is struggling in his first season as a head coach. The Tigers are 2-6 on the season and have losses to Middle Tennessee State and Kentucky.
Odom isn’t the first defensive minded coach to struggle in his first year as the head coach. Georgia’s Kirby Smart has gotten off to a 4-4 start. Will Muschamp went 7-6 in his first year in Florida.
And Odom has turned to two of other defensive coaches who struggled in their first year at an SEC school. Odom told reporters on Monday that he’s spoken with Kentucky’s Mark Stoops and Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason about making adjustments.
Odom says he's talked to both Vandy's Derek Mason & Kentucky's Mark Stoops about being first-time head coaches w/ defensive backgrounds
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) October 31, 2016
Mason went 3-9 in his first season at Vanderbilt while Stoops went 2-10. But in year four at Kentucky, Stoops has the Wildcats in second place in the SEC East and a win away from bowl eligibility.
Odom and Missouri take on Muschamp and South Carolina this week. Kickoff is scheduled for at 4 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.