Sources: UNLV hiring Arkansas' Odom as coach

by Ricardo Gutierrez - UNLV is set to hire Arkansas defensive coordinator Barry Odom as its next coach, sources told ESPN, confirming a report by On3.

UNLV set to hire Arkansas DC Barry Odom as coach, sources say 5:24 PM ET Adam RittenbergESPN Senior Writer Close College football reporter. Joined ESPN.com in 2008. Graduate of Northwestern University. UNLV is set to hire Arkansas defensive coordinator Barry Odom as its next coach, sources confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday. Odom has spent the past three seasons at Arkansas under coach Sam Pittman. He's the former head coach at Missouri , his alma mater, where he went 25-25 between 2016 and 2019. Odom, 46, replaces Marcus Arroyo , who UNLV fired on Nov. 28 after three seasons with the program and a 7-23 record. Editor's Picks Arkansas LB Sanders to skip bowl, enter draft 6h Pete Thamel 2 Related On3 first reported UNLV's expected hire of Odom, who also was a strong candidate for Tulsa 's head-coaching vacancy, filled by Ohio State offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson . Arkansas' defense made strides in Odom's first two seasons, allowing only 22.9 points per game in 2021. He coached several standout players with the Razorbacks, including cornerback Montaric Brown , safety Jalen Catalon and linebackers Bumper Pool and Drew Sanders . Odom served as defensive coordinator at both Memphis and Missouri before replacing longtime Missouri coach Gary Pinkel following the 2015 season. ESPN's Chris Low contributed to this report.