Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Former Missouri head coach Barry Odom has been hired as Arkansas' new defensive coordinator under new head coach Sam Pittman.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Head coach Sam Pittman has named his defensive coordinator, picking former Missouri head coach Barry Odom to lead the Razorbacks’ defense.
Odom heads to the Hill after spending the last four years at his alma mater, leading the Tigers to a pair of bowl games and finishing the 2018 regular season ranked 23rd in the College Football Playoff poll. Odom’s Missouri teams were known for their stout defenses thanks to his prowess on that side of the ball. The Tigers ended the 2019 regular season as one of the nation’s top defenses, ranking 14th in the country in total defense (312.0 ypg) and third in the Southeastern Conference. His defense also did not allow many points this past fall, giving up just 19.4 points per game to rank 17th in FBS. The defense was particularly strong against the pass, ranking seventh in the nation and second in the SEC with just 179.3 yards per game allowed. Linebacker Nick Bolton led the way, earning first-team All-SEC and leading the SEC with 107 total tackles.
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