Missouri head coach Barry Odom wanted to do something that would stick with his players.
And a figurative message of letting go of the memories of the Tigers’ miserable first half of the season in which they went 1-5 was not going to cut it.
So he lit a bunch of stuff on fire, literally.
According to Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispact, in a Sunday night team meeting, Odom “set ablaze remnants of the team’s first six games, which one witness described as scouting reports, game plans, references to criticism on social media, plus a list of the officials who botched the ending of Mizzou’s game at Kentucky earlier this month.”
Clearly Odom wants his team to completely focus on the second half of Missouri’s season, leaving the struggles of the first six games behind in a cloud of smoke.
“I don’t think we got any marks,” Odom said while holding up a can of lighter fluid during his Monday press conference. “Sprinklers didn’t go off, so we probably need to get those tested also.”
Odom insisted that his team won’t quit despite the rough start and that all the chatter about the program from the outside has been discussed among and put behind them.
“They’re going to compete, fight and prepare,” he said. “They know what we’ve got. They know what they’ve got in me. I know what I’ve got in them. It’s not where we wanted to be, but we’re going to get there.”