Missouri football assistant coach Barry Odom leaving for Memphis

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 | 1:30 p.m. CST; updated 12:32 a.m. CST, Thursday, December 15, 2011

COLUMBIA — Missouri safeties coach Barry Odom will take over as the defensive coordinator at the University of Memphis, reports said Wednesday morning. 

New Memphis head football coach Justin Fuente confirmed to the Memphis Commercial Appeal that Odom, 35, will join the Memphis staff pending approval by the Tennessee State Board of Regents.

Jennifer Rodrigues, the Memphis assistant athletic director for media relations, said she could not officially confirm Odom's hiring but didn't say the Commercial Appeal's report was wrong. 

"I probably won’t be able to release anything until next week," Rodrigues said.

Odom, a former linebacker for Missouri and a 1999 graduate, has spent the last nine seasons with the Missouri football team in a number of roles. He became an administrative graduate assistant in 2003 after spending two years as the head coach at Rock Bridge High School in Columbia. In 2004, he took over as head of recruiting.

Odom, originally from Maysville, Okla., worked as the director of football operations during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. He began his current role as the safeties coach in 2009, when former defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus left for the NFL, opening a coaching position on defense. 

Memphis hired Fuente, the former offensive coordinator at TCU, last week.

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