Dawson Odums signs new Southern deal

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Southern coach Dawson Odums watches the action during a game against Jackson State on Sept. 28 at A. W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Southern coach Dawson Odums watches the action during a game against Jackson State on Sept. 28 at A. W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

Southern football coach Dawson Odums took a moment away from recruiting this week to sign his new four-year contract with the Jaguars.

Odums and Southern Athletic Director William Broussard agreed to terms, which included a 25-percent pay raise to $175,000 per year, last month. The SU System Board of Supervisors approved the deal earlier this month.

“It’s good (to have the contract signed),” Odums said Friday. “I hadn’t thought about it much. Dr. Broussard has been doing a good job since I’ve been here, and there wasn’t any doubt or question that it would get done.”

Odums led the Jaguars to an 8-4 record and their first Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship in 10 years in 2013.

North Carolina Central, Odums’ alma mater, interviewed him for its vacancy in early December, but Broussard had already laid the groundwork for an extension, and NCCU never made an offer to Odums.

Raises for Odums’ assistants and plans for facilities upgrades are expected to be finalized by July 1.

“Everybody should be excited about everything that’s going on,” Odums said.

Meanwhile, Odums and his staff are heading into the final stages of recruiting. He said he expects to add a few more commitments to what will likely be a 19-player recruiting class by National Signing Day on Feb. 5.

Odums said he expects about a half-dozen prospects to visit campus this weekend.

“It looks like the weather might be kind of nasty,” he said, “but we’ll be OK.”