Missouri hired defensive coordinator Barry Odom as its new head football coach on Thursday night.
Odom, 39, replaces Gary Pinkel, who announced his retirement in November due to health issues. Pinkel brought on the former Tiger to run his defense this year.
“We had the opportunity to visit with a number of excellent coaches throughout our search,” athletic director Mack Rhoades said in an official release. “At the conclusion of that process, Coach Odom was the clear choice to serve as our next coach. He is a man of high integrity and possesses all the qualities you look for in a successful head coach.”
The Tigers’ season is over after the team finished 5-7 this year and declined to participate in a bowl game.
“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.”