Southern, Dawson Odums agree to 3-year contract extension

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern University Jaguars quarterback Dray Joseph (10) shakes Southern University Jaguars head coach Dawson Odums hand before receiving his most valuable offensive player award during the SWAC Championship on Saturday in Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern University Jaguars quarterback Dray Joseph (10) shakes Southern University Jaguars head coach Dawson Odums hand before receiving his most valuable offensive player award during the SWAC Championship on Saturday in Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Southern and football coach Dawson Odums agreed Thursday to a three-year contract extension that includes a 25 percent pay raise, Jaguars athletic director Dr. William Broussard said.

The deal is subject to approval of the SU System Board of Supervisors, which next means in January.

The contract extends through the 2017 season and calls for a $175,000 base salary. Odums’ salary was $140,000 and he earned an additional $52,500 in incentives this past season after leading the Jaguars to their first Southwestern Athletic Conference championship in 10 years. Other details of the new agreement weren’t immediately known.

The agreement was hammered out between Broussard and Odums’ agent, Burton Rocks, in less than 48 hours after an original offer was made. Odums had one year left on his contract.

The deal was reached as North Carolina Central, Odums’ alma mater, prepared to introduce its new head coach Thursday afternoon. Odums had interviewed with the Eagles last week.

Rocks told The Advocate via a text message that Odums “really wants to keep winning at Southern.”

Odums was promoted from defensive coordinator to interim head coach when Stump Mitchell was reassigned after an 0-2 start to the 2012 season. The Jaguars won their first game under Odums and finished 4-5 under him.

After the 2012 season, Broussard conducted a thorough search for a permanent head coach before deciding the best candidate already had the job.

Southern lost its first two games again this season and was just 4-4 at the end of October before beginning its championship run.

The Jaguars won their last four regular-season games before defeating Jackson State 34-27 in double overtime to win the SWAC title Dec. 7 in Houston.

The finalists for the NCCU job appear to be South Alabama wide receivers coach Jerry Mack and Nevada tight ends James Spady. Winston-Salem State coach Connell Maynor also interviewed with the Eagles, but he accepted a job as head coach of Hampton University on Tuesday.