Inside the Numbers: Learning the ropes at a Power Five school
Since 2000 there have been 71 head coaches hired by Power Five schools with no previous college head coach experience. Barry Odom is a member of that fraternity taking over the Missouri program only having been a head coach at the high school level from 2001-2002.
PowerMizzou.com took a deep dive Inside the Numbers to learn more about how Power Five head coaches with no previous college head coaching experience have faired. Here is what we learned.
Of the 68 hires 32 were fired. Thirteen left for other jobs (eight to other P5 programs and five to the NFL). One resigned. That leaves 22 who are still with the school that hired them.
Of the 22 who are still with their original school only five have been there for at least 10 years.
Six have been at their original school for five to nine years.
Eleven have been at their original school for four seasons or fewer.
Looking further, 11 of the 22 were Power Five defensive coordinators before being hired.
Of those 11, four were the DC at the school that hired them to be head coach.
Eight of the 22 were Power Five offensive coordinators.
Of those eight, five were the OC at the school that hired them to be head coach.
The remaining three that were not Power Five coordinators were position coaches.
Odom is one of 11 head coaches working at Power Five programs who were hired by the school they were already working at.
Only regressed from their first year to the second.
Like Odom, Fitzgerald and Gundy won four games their first season.
Will Odom's Tigers be able to bounce back and match those seasons? Or maybe Odom has more in common with the 32 head coaches who were fired. We'll take a look at how he compares to the coaches in part two of Inside the Numbers.