Apparently, Missouri offensive linemen used laughter when reacting to the departure of offensive line coach Glen Elarbee.
Last Tuesday, UCF announced that Tigers offensive coordinator Josh Heupel had become the program’s next coach. Shortly after, it was learned that Elarbee chose to follow Heupel to Orlando.
The move seemed to catch Missouri offensive linemen somewhat off-guard. In a story by The Kansas City Star’s Alex Schiffer and Aaron Reiss, it was revealed that players’ response included laughter after learning about the development from Tigers coach Barry Odom.
Here’s more from the story:
When Glen Elarbee wasn’t in Missouri’s meeting for the offensive linemen on Friday at 2:15 p.m., his players didn’t think it was a big deal, even though their coach was 15 minutes past his usual arrival time.
Even when Tigers head coach Barry Odom came in to tell the players that Elarbee was following former offensive coordinator Josh Heupel to Central Florida, their response was laughter.
“We really didn’t know what to say to Coach Odom,” junior offensive tackle Paul Adams said. “You’re just like, all right, so that’s how it was? You have to brush it off to the side a bit. That’s the business of college football. It’s still tough to me right now. I thought I had a pretty good relationship with him.”
Certainly, coaches are free to make career choices that they think are best for their lives. But it’s clear Elarbee’s decision left the Tigers in a bind of sorts before Missouri faces Texas in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 27. This isn’t ideal.
We’ll see how much the departures of Heupel and Elarbee affect the Tigers in Missouri’s bowl game, if at all. But the nugget above is a revealing look behind the curtain in Columbia.