Jaguars offer Odums new deal

The negotiations between Southern and football coach Dawson Odums on a new contract will continue Wednesday.

Jaguars Athletic Director William Broussard and Odums’ agent, Burton Rocks, spoke late Tuesday night to discuss the details of an offer Broussard made earlier in the day.

Broussard said Tuesday afternoon that “the best case scenario” was to have Odums verbally agree to the offer Tuesday night but that he was prepared to continue negotiations into Wednesday.

The university is offering a long-term deal to Odums, who has one year remaining on his contract. Broussard wouldn’t reveal the details of the offer or the negotiations.

The original offer came after Broussard had several days of consultation with university officials, Odums and Rocks.

If Odums agrees to a new deal, it would be subject to approval by the SU System Board of Supervisors, which next meets in January.

Odums’ current deal calls for an annual base salary of $140,000, and he earned an additional $52,500 in incentives this season when the Jaguars won their first Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship in 10 years.

Rocks said Monday that he wouldn’t comment publicly until negotiations were completed. He did not respond to messages Tuesday.

The negotiations heated up as North Carolina Central, Odums’ alma mater, closed in on its choice for a new coach.

Odums is one of four candidates to interview with the Eagles, and the field narrowed to three Tuesday morning when Winston-Salem State coach Connell Maynor withdrew from consideration to accept the head coaching position at Hampton College.

North Carolina Central, which also has interviewed Nevada assistant James Spady and South Alabama State assistant James Mack, has scheduled a conference call to discuss its search Thursday and could announce a hiring shortly thereafter.

“I think I have a good enough working relationship with coach Odums that if we were in danger of losing him, I think he would have looked me in the eye and told me,” Broussard said. “I still remain confident until I hear otherwise that he wants to be at Southern.”

Broussard said he first spoke with Rocks on Saturday to discuss “ballpark figures.”

After the conclusion of a lengthy, campuswide budget meeting Tuesday, Broussard conferred with Southern Chancellor James Llorens “to put a fine point” on the offer.

Then after speaking on the phone with Rocks, who’s in New York, Broussard said he visited with Odums for about 10 minutes in the coach’s office.