Baton Rouge, LA (Sports Network) - Southern University announced that Dawson
Odums will become its full-time head football coach on Wednesday after serving
that same role in an interim capacity this past season.
Odums took over for Stump Mitchell after the latter was reassigned in
September following two straight losses to begin the campaign. He registered a
4-5 record after the switch and guided the Jaguars to wins over rivals Jackson
State, Florida A&M and Grambling State.
"Odums proved to be a capable leader through adverse times during the 2012
season, and accomplished much with little," said Southern athletics director
William Broussard. "He led with purpose and vision, valued high character and
discipline among his players and staff, and put our team in position to win in
the fourth quarter in eight of the nine contests in which he served as head
Odums had joined Mitchell's staff this past spring, starting as defensive line
coach and then as defensive coordinator. The 1997 graduate of North Carolina
Central also worked as the defensive coordinator at Division II Clark before
becoming its interim head coach in 2004.
The North Carolina native has also had stops at George Washington, Georgia
Southern and North Carolina A&T as an assistant coach and was a staff member
on Georgia Southern's 2000 FCS national champion squad.
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