Saturday, April 1, 2017

Dawson Odums signs extension with Southern football, to receive 'modest raise'

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -- Southern coach Dawson Odums has signed an extension that will give him a slight raise and keep him in place as the Jaguars football coach through the 2019 season.

Although the deal is not technically official yet — Odums has not received a signed copy of the contract back from Southern — Odums' agent, Burton Rocks, said that should not stand in the way of the completed deal.

“We signed the contract; we just have to wait for the executed copy to come back,” Rocks said. “When the schools get all the signatures on the deal, they send a copy back to Dawson. But that's just a formality. The deal is now done.”

Odums' previous contract, which paid him $175,000 per year, was set to expire at the end of the 2017 season. His new deal is expected to pay him $180,000, according to the agenda from the Southern University System meeting last month, with a small raise at the end of each season.

“He's going to be getting a modest raise throughout the end,” Rocks said. “It's incremental each year. It's a good raise because of the economic situation Southern is in.”

The sides began negotiations shortly after Christmas, but the execution of the deal was delayed by a number of things, including a pause so Odums could put together his 2017 signing class.


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