North Carolina Central plans to talk with Dawson Odums

North Carolina Central University has received permission to speak with Southern football coach Dawson Odums about its vacant head coaching position.

Jaguars spokesman Chris Jones confirmed late Wednesday night that athletic director William Broussard had granted permission to Odums’ alma mater to speak with him. WBRZ-TV had first reported that permission had been given.

Neither Broussard nor Odums immediately returned phone messages late Wednesday night.

Odums, a native of Shelby, N.C., guided Southern to its first Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship in 10 years in his first full season as head coach as the Jaguars defeated Jackson State 34-27 in double overtime last Saturday in Houston.

Southern finished 9-4 this season and was 4-5 under Odums’ guidance as interim coach in 2012 after he was promoted from defensive coordinator when Stump Mitchell was fired after an 0-2 start. Odums has one year remaining on his contract.

Broussard told The Advocate last month that he expected the Jaguars success to bring attention to Odums and that he planned to speak with Odums during the offseason about his long-term future at Southern.

When asked Monday if he had spoken with Broussard about the future, Odums said he had not.

“But that’s OK,” Odums said. “I was a long shot to get the job. I just have a belief that’s not predicated on anybody else. I think the body of work speaks for itself and somebody will recognize that in some form or fashion.

“I just try to be the best I can be and work as hard as I can each day that I’m given on this earth. That’s how I live.”

NCCU fired Henry Frazier III as its head coach in August and named Dwayne Foster as acting football coach.