Brian Odom yells as the Missouri defense runs back onto the field

Outside linebacker coach Brian Odom yells as the Missouri defense runs onto the field during the first quarter of an early-season game against Wyoming. Odom reportedly is leaving the Missouri staff for a position at Oklahoma.

Missouri football reportedly has lost another assistant coach as outside linebackers coach Brian Odom is headed to Norman, Oklahoma, to join the University of Oklahoma football staff.

If you think you read that wrong, you didn’t. Brian Odom is the younger brother of Tigers’ head coach Barry Odom and first joined the Missouri football staff in February 2017.

Attempts to confirm the report through the Missouri athletics department and Barry Odom were unsuccessful Monday morning. The story was first reported by Gabe DeArmond of

“I haven’t heard anything official,” said Mike Houck, Strategic Communications director for Oklahoma Athletics.

Though no official announcement has been made by Missouri regarding Brian Odom’s departure, DeArmond’s reporting indicates it could happen as soon as Monday.

If Odom’s departure becomes official, it would become the fourth vacancy on the MU football staff since the end of the 2018 regular season.

Former tight ends coach Joe Jon Finley left for Texas A&M in early December, leaving former offensive analyst Garrick McGee as the interim tight ends coach in Missouri’s 38-33 Liberty Bowl loss to Oklahoma State.

Former defensive analyst Ted Monachino headed to Kansas State to become the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the Wildcats just three days before the Liberty Bowl. Defensive analyst Neal Renna left the Tigers shortly before the Liberty Bowl, too, to become the safeties coach at Eastern Illinois.

Odom is a product of Ada, Oklahoma, and played for the Sooners for two years, including a redshirt year on OU’s national championship team in 2000. Odom then transferred to Southeastern Oklahoma State where he played as a tailback from 2002-04.

Before arriving in Columbia as the outside linebackers coach in 2017, Odom previously served on Gary Pinkel’s staff as Missouri’s defensive graduate assistant coach in 2005. Following stints at the University of Arizona from 2006-11 and the University of Houston from 2012-14, Odom became the defensive quality control assistant at Washington State University under WSU’s then-defensive coordinator Alex Grinch.

Grinch left MU in 2015 to join Washington State and was hired by Oklahoma to be its defensive coordinator following the 2018 season.

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