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"We draw the map, they do the driving"

After spending the past 15 of 16 years in Columbia, Missouri (both as a player and a coach), Barry Odom joined Justin Fuente's staff at Memphis in mid December.

In an interview with the Columbia Daily Tribune, Odom talks about how Fuente wants him to control the defense like a head coach runs the whole team.

"The guys we were able to hire on defense, along with myself, we're putting together a plan. He (Fuente) wants me to run it like a head coach and take charge of that side of the ball. That's what we're doing right now."

"The last couple years, we understand what has happened here and we understand where we have to show some progress. The only way we're going to get that done is by taking the group we have and putting a plan in place for them. We're drawing the map and they're doing the driving."

As far as the X's and O's go, Odom is borrowing concepts that he learned from his time at Missouri and combining them with concepts and terminology from last year's Memphis team, along with some ideas from Wake Forest and Ole Miss.

"We have to be smart with what we do with personnel, and that's one of the things I really enjoy as a coach. That's been really fun for me, to piece together what gives you the best opportunity to have success."