Sunday, December 16, 2012

Odums approved as new Southern football coach

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana  --  Dawson Odums is no longer keeping the seat warm for Southern University’s next football coach.  He is the next football coach.

On Friday afternoon, the SU System Board of Supervisors approved Athletic Director William Broussard’s recommendation to remove the interim tag from Odums’ title, making him the long-term leader of a football program that will try again after many failed attempts to return to the top of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

The board voted unanimously to approve the recommendation after hearing from Broussard, who reassigned Stump Mitchell on Sept. 14 and promised not to begin searching for a new coach until Southern’s season ended.

The search netted three finalists: Odums, Nevada assistant James Spady and Bethune-Cookman coach Brian Jenkins.

Spady, who was offensive coordinator at Grambling for three seasons, interviewed in person Monday. Odums had his final interview Tuesday. Jenkins pulled his name from consideration and got a contract extension at Bethune-Cookman.

In the end, Broussard settled on Odums, who led the Jaguars to a 4-5 record in their final nine games.

“He presented the most complete package for Southern University right now,” Broussard said.


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