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Mizzou paid a search firm $85K to find … Barry Odom

Barry Odom
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Missouri fans have a question: Barry Odom had spent most of the previous two decades at Mizzou, so did the school really need a search firm to find him?

Missouri’s athletic department, which is hiring search firm Parker Executive Search to find its next men’s basketball coach, previously paid the same search firm to find Odom, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported.

That’s right. The Tigers paid the firm $85,000 to search for Odom, who took over for Gary Pinkel after the 2015 season.

As Mizzou fans know, Odom wasn’t exactly a stranger to Columbia. He was defensive coordinator under Pinkel in 2015, had served in various assistant and recruiting roles from 2003-11 and played for the Tigers from 1996-99.

In other words, the kind of hire that probably didn’t require an exhaustive “search.”

The search firm also was involved in the selection of athletic director Jim Sterk and his predecessor, Mack Rhoades, who bolted for Baylor last summer after barely a year on the job.

Together with its current task, finding a successor to fired men’s hoops coach Kim Anderson, those assignments will end up netting the firm some $446,000 from Mizzou. (And, it has been noted by some, the AD the search firm found now is paying that search firm to help find a basketball coach. Hmmm.)

That’s a lot of money – especially when one of the coaches hired was right under the school’s nose all along.

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