Odums: "Southern needs to invest in the program"

Dawson Odums
Dawson Odums

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Southern University head coach Dawson Odums interviewed for the head football coaching job at North Carolina Central University Wednesday.

He flew to Durham, NC, and visited with officials at the school concerning its opening. Odums played there as a defensive lineman from 1992-1997. However, Odums said he would like to continue rebuilding the Jaguars into a consistent power.

"After winning the SWAC Championship, Southern needs to invest in the program," Odums said Friday morning.

Southern just won the SWAC title with a 34-27, double overtime triumph over Jackson State last Saturday in Houston. The Jaguars finished with a record of 9-4 overall, after posting just a 10-23 mark the previous three years.

Odums wants a new, five-year contract from the school. He initially signed a two-year deal with an option for a third, shortly after Southern hired him as their new, permanent coach in December 2012.

Odums added he's very concerned about getting his staff paid properly also. The coach said the total salary of Southern's staff is roughly $617,000, with Odums earning $140,000 of that. The Grambling Tigers, by comparison, just hired Broderick Fobbs as their new coach for $195,000 a year, after enduring a well-publicized 1-11 disaster this year.

Odums doesn't want the Jags' program to be a roller coaster ride like Arkansas-Pine Bluff, which won the SWAC Championship in 2012 with a 10-2 overall record and 8-1 conference mark, before crashing to 2-9 overall and 2-7 in the SWAC this season.

Improvements to the team's facilities would also be nice, like better practice fields and more sufficient lighting around them. Odums plans to sit down with Southern athletic director William Broussard III and other school officials soon, in the hope of reaching a new agreement.

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