Barry Odom has a lot of challenges as the head football coach at Missouri, both inherent in that job, and recently put on his desk. He doesn’t think recent changes in the sport have helped matters either.
As transfers become more prevalent across the sport, Odom has taken aim at a division rival that he accuses of trying to “recruit” Missouri’s rising seniors: Tennessee. Odom brought up the Vols by name when asked about the impact of the recent NCAA sanctions handed down to the program.
Mizzou is banned for the 2019-20 post-season, and as a result, Tiger seniors are eligible to head elsewhere. The program was involved in a scandal centered on a former tutor who did work for multiple student athletes in programs including football, baseball, and softball.
While the school cooperated with the NCAA, unlike North Carolina, which has a much, much bigger and more broad academic scandal, it was hit quite hard with scholarship and recruiting reductions as a result of violations that seem pretty limited in scope.
Barry Odom says that teams, led by Tennessee, are calling his Missouri seniors non-stop.
From CBS Sports:
Odom said Tuesday that his 19 seniors are being “contacted and bombarded non-stop” by teams taking advantage of NCAA bylaws that allow rising seniors from programs hit with postseason bans to transfer without penalty.
Odom singled out Tennessee as the most frequent caller for his players among SEC programs during a booster event on Tuesday.
“Everybody is going to have a bad day,” Odom said, expressing his frustration with keeping his players from transferring. “You combine that with somebody that — who’d we beat 51-17 this year? Tennessee? Yeah, those guys. They are non-stop reaching out daily [saying], ‘Hey, come here.’ The grass is not always greener somewhere else.”
Odom, like most of the Missouri community, says he was blindsided by the breadth of the penalties. He previously called them “unjust and unfair,” and per CBS, says a bowl ban “wasn’t on his radar.”