Nov 30, 2019 4:27 PM

Missouri fires football coach Barry Odom after four years

Posted Nov 30, 2019 4:27 PM

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Director of Athletics Jim Sterk has relieved fourth-year Tigers’ football coach Barry Odom of his coaching duties and launched a national search to find the program’s next head coach.

“I want to thank Coach Odom for his contributions to our program,” Sterk said. “He and his staff have worked diligently during the past four years.

“Coach Odom has represented our program with integrity and dedicated himself to developing our student-athletes on and off the football field for which we are grateful. We wish the very best for him and his family in their future endeavors.”

Odom, hired as Mizzou’s 32nd head football coach on Dec. 3, 2015, compiled a 25-25 on-field record in four seasons along the Tiger sideline, including a 6-6 mark in 2019 that ended with Friday’s 24-14 victory over Arkansas in Little Rock. After a 4-8 debut season in 2016, Odom’s Tigers went 7-6 and earned an invitation to the 2017 Academy Sports + Outdoor Texas Bowl. Mizzou went 8-5 in Odom’s third season, which ended with a 2018 AutoZone Liberty Bowl bid.

“As a program, we had tremendous momentum coming into the 2019 season with the opening of the new south end zone facility as well as other strategic investments in our football program,” Sterk said. “However, we lost a great deal of that energy during the last half of the season. This decision was difficult to make but was necessary.”

Odom spent 18 seasons at Mizzou, including eight as a coach (2009-11, 2015-19), six in an administrative capacity (2003-08) and four as a student-athlete (1996-99).

“Mizzou enjoys a winning football tradition and has the necessary resources and commitment to compete at the highest level,” Sterk said. “We strive to achieve excellence, and we expect to compete for Southeastern Conference titles, consistently play in the postseason and represent Mizzou the right way on and off the field.

“A national search is underway and confidentiality during the process is critical. Thus, I will have no further public comments regarding the search process until the announcement of our next head football coach is made.”

--- MWSU Athletics ---

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Nov 30, 2019 4:27 PM
Griffons rally to force OT, but fall at Colorado Mesa 94-92

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Missouri Western men's basketball team finished regulation on a 14-1 run to force overtime at Colorado Mesa (3-2), but without four starters for much of the overtime period, the Griffons (3-4) fell 94-92 on Friday night.


Down by 13 with 3:37 to play in regulation, MWSU finished the final 3:09 going 4 for 6 from the field and 5 for 5 at the line while holding Colorado Mesa without a field goal down that stretch. Alexander John sunk a layup with 28 seconds left that tied the game at 84 and helped the Griffons overcome a Maverick lead that reached as many as 19 points in the second half. The Griffons outscored the home team 42-25 over the final 13:12 in regulation, but saw some of their stars exit the game with fouls.


Will Eames fouled out with 3:37 left in regulation after scoring 14 points. Jonathan Mesmacque fouled out with 5:24 to go. Tyrell Carroll picked up his fifth foul one minute into overtime after scoring 17 with a career-high 10 assists. John picked up his fifth with 1:14 left in overtime and the Griffons down by four.


As the only starter left, Tyus Milhollin led the Griffons with a career-high 23 points. He got MWSU within a point on his fifth 3-pointer of the game with two seconds remaining in overtime. Down by two after a made free throw with one second left, the Griffons couldn't get a game-winning shot off before the buzzer.


  • The lead changed 10 times with seven ties.
  • Colorado Mesa took a five-point lead to halftime, but led by 20 with 11:31 to go.
  • MWSU outscored the Mavericks 44-26 in the paint.
  • CMU won the battle on the glass, pulling down 50 rebounds to MWSU's 38.
  • Missouri Western was whistled for 31 personal fouls to CMU's 18, but the Mavericks made just six more free throws (26) than the Griffons on 16 more attempts.
  • CMU was 8 of 21 from 3-point range while the Griffons were 14 of 42.
  • 20 of Millhollin's 23 points came in the second half.
  • Reese Glover scored a career-high 22 points on 8 of 17 shooting (6-14 from 3-point range).
  • Sam Siganos pulled down a career-high six rebounds to tie with Millhollin, who also notched a career-high rebound total, for the team lead.



Missouri Western continues play in Grand Junction on Saturday with a 3 p.m. tip-off against Western Colorado (2-3). The Mountaineers lost 73-71 to Montana Western on Friday.