Missouri extends football coach Barry Odom's' contract


The University of Missouri Board of Curators has unanimously approved a contract extension for Mizzou Head Football Coach Barry Odom through the 2024 season, as well as a $600,000 increase in his annual salary effective January 1, 2019 and an enhanced incentive package for academic and athletic performance, Mizzou Director of Athletics Jim Sterk announced today. In three seasons on the Mizzou sideline, Odom has improved the Tigers' win total each year, while earning bowl bids in each of the past two. Odom's 2018 team will carry an 8-4 record and a No. 23 (CFP)/No. 24 (Associated Pres) national ranking into its Dec. 31 AutoZone Liberty Bowl match-up against former conference rival Oklahoma State in Memphis, Tenn.

"Barry Odom has done an outstanding job of leading the Mizzou Football program the last three seasons and I'm grateful that we are able to reward that success today," Sterk said. "He is building a championship culture within his program that fosters academic achievement, athletic success and accountability, and I am proud of what he has been able to accomplish during his first three seasons. With this year's success and the South End Zone facility coming on-line next year, I believe Mizzou Football enjoys great momentum heading into the 2019 season and I look forward to working with Coach Odom to build upon that," Sterk said.

A 1999 graduate of Mizzou, and a former standout linebacker for the Tigers from 1996-99, Odom owns a record of 19-18 in three seasons at Mizzou (with every loss coming to bowl-eligible teams), and with the Tigers' Liberty Bowl invitation, he joined College Football Hall of Famer Dan Devine, Al Onofrio and Warren Powers, as the only coaches to lead two of their first three Mizzou teams into the postseason. Odom's 19 wins are the most through three seasons by a Tiger coach since Powers won 23 from 1978-80, and a win in the bowl game would make this just the ninth team in program history to win nine games in a season.

After winning four games in his debut season, the Tigers went 7-6 in 2017 to earn a Texas Bowl berth and will take an 8-4 record into this month's postseason game. His Tigers earned one of the most impressive road wins of any team this season, when Mizzou rolled to a 38-17 win on Nov. 3 at current No. 10 (CFP) Florida.

In addition to a $600,000 increase in his annual salary and the additional two years added to his contract, his academic and athletic incentives package increased to more than $1.8M and he now has built in provisions for both annual salary increases and contract extensions based upon on-field achievements.

Tickets for the 2018 AutoZone Liberty Bowl may be purchased online at Tickets may also be purchased by calling the MU Athletic Ticket Office (1-800-CAT-PAWSimage 16) or in person at the Mizzou Arena box office from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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