Salary information for new football coach Barry Odom released

At $2.35 million per year, Odom’s salary ranks last in Southeastern Conference.
Newly hired head football coach, Barry Odom, hugs Mike Kelly after the press conference announcing his promotion on Dec. 4 at the Mizzou Arena.

Coach Barry Odom will make $2.35 million in guaranteed salary, according to a memorandum of understanding approved Friday by the Board of Curators during their December meeting.

The athletics department released the details of the deal in a news release. The memorandum will act as his contract until a finalized agreement is reached. The final contract will be in effect until Feb. 28, 2021, according to the release.

Odom’s annual base salary is $450,000 with $1,900,000 of non-salary compensation, which covers “radio appearances, television appearances, apparel rights, and public relations and stewardship appearances,” according to the release. The final contract will also break down incentives that could be worth up to another $1.5 million per year.

If the Tigers win a conference championship or play in a “New Year’s Six” bowl game, Odom would receive $250,000.

Odom’s salary ranks last in the Southeastern Conference out of the 13 schools that release contract information. He’s also No. 46 out of the 61 Power Five conference coaches whose salaries are reported. The Missouri job is Odom’s first head coaching position. He made $625,000 in base salary as defensive coordinator.

"I'm very grateful to Mack Rhoades, Chancellor Hank Foley, President Mike Middleton, the Board of Curators and the entire university administration for this opportunity," Odom said in the news release. "Through this process they have shown an unwavering commitment to provide us with the resources we need to attract and retain an elite staff and support our student-athletes in order to compete at the highest level.”

Odom, 39, was introduced as the new coach Dec. 3, almost four weeks after Gary Pinkel announced his retirement. Odom has been involved with the Missouri football program for 14 years — four as a player, four as a coach and six as an administrative assistant.

Nate Gatter contributed to this report.

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