Southern, Odums continue negotiations

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern coach Dawson Odums reacts to having a cooler tossed onto him following the Jaguars' 40-17 win over Grambling during the 40th Bayou Classic on Saturday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern coach Dawson Odums reacts to having a cooler tossed onto him following the Jaguars' 40-17 win over Grambling during the 40th Bayou Classic on Saturday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Southern football coach Dawson Odums’ agent said Thursday morning that his client has agreed to a new contract with the university.

The agreement was hammered out with Jaguars athletic director William Broussard in less than 48 hours after an original offer was made. Odums, who led Southern to its first Southwestern Athletic Conference championship in 10 years this past season, had one year left on his contract.

Terms of the agreement were not immediately known and the contract is subject to approval by the SU System Board of Supervisors, which next meets in January.

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.

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

Broussard didn’t immediately return a message Thursday morning, but said Wednesday that he was “awaiting approval” from Odums’ camp on a new deal.

Odums’ base salary is $140,000, but he earned an additional $52,500 in incentives this past season.

The finalists for the NCCU job appear to be South Alabama wide receivers coach James 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.