Five-game losing streak dooms Barry Odom at MU

Nov 16, 2019; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers head coach Barry Odom watches the replay board during a play review in the second half against the Florida Gators at Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field. Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
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Columbia, MO. -- The University of Missouri fired Barry Odom from his job as head football coach Saturday after the Tigers finished the season with a disappointing 6-6 record.

Missouri began the season 5-1 before losing the next five games. The beat Arkansas (2-10) Friday 24-14.

In four seasos, Odom went 25-25 and 13-19 in the Southeastern Conference. 

Associate head coach and defensive line coach Brick Haley has been named interim head coach.

Missouri is Odom's alma mater. He played linebacker for the Tigers, then joined the coaching staff in 2003. He was promoted to head coach before the 2016 season. 

A national search for a new football coach has begun, said Jim Sterk, MU athletic coordinator.