Tulsa hires Ohio State coordinator Wilson as head coach Hall of Famer Croom: ‘Not enough progress’ for Black coaches UNLV hires former Missouri coach Barry Odom to head program


TALSA, Oklahoma. – Kevin Wilson will look to bring Tulsa some of the prolific passing and scoring he oversaw during his six seasons as offensive coordinator at Ohio State.

Wilson was hired as Tulsa’s coach on Tuesday and introduced at an afternoon press conference.

“Because I have career connections with Oklahoma State, I have always had a high regard for the university, the football program, its success over the years, and the great city and people who live in Tulsa,” Wilson said. “I look forward to getting to know our current players, staff and putting together a new roster in the coming weeks.”

Wilson is a 37-year veteran coaching coach who served six years as Indiana’s head coach from season 26 to 47 from 2011 to 2016.

Then he joined Urban Meyerin Ohio and remained under Meyer’s successor, Ryan Day. During this time, Ohio State has become a quarterback factory, producing back-to-back first-round draft picks in this position: Duane Haskins as well as Justin Fields. Current QB Buckeyes CJ Stroud also predicted as a first round pick.

At Tulsa, Wilson replaces Philip Montgomerywho was fired after eight seasons with a 43-53 record in the American Athletic Conference program, including a 5-7 record in 2022.

“Coach Wilson is a recognized winner and a great fit for TU as he has a track record of developing programs where student-athletes excel both in the classroom and in the stadium,” said university president Brad Carson.

Wilson has also been an assistant in Oklahoma, Northwest, Miami (Ohio), North Carolina A&T, and Winston Salem. He began his coaching career as an alumnus assistant in North Carolina.

Wilson coached in four national championship games, three in Oklahoma and one in Ohio State. The Buckeyes went 67-8 during his six years as their offensive coordinator and tight ends coach.

Ohio State (11-1) is set to take on the top seed of Georgia State in the semi-finals of the college football playoffs on December 31st.

LAS VEGAS. Sylvester Krum was inducted into the Hall of Fame as an offensive lineman in Alabama and was one of the first black players to become a star and team leader under coach Bear Bryant.

Three decades later, Krum became the first black head football coach in the Mississippi Southeastern Conference. This was in 2004. There have been only four others since then, and there are currently no black head football coaches in the SEC.

The hiring cycle is still ongoing during this season, with 16 major college football head coach positions filled. Colorado with Deion Sanders the only school that employs a black coach.

“No, progress is definitely not enough,” Krum told The Associated Press on Tuesday after a press conference with the new College Football Hall of Fame class.

“Nearly 20 years have passed and the fact that we still have to have these conversations is disappointing and frustrating. But at the same time, we still need to shed light on the situation and find ways to change it, because many good people are being denied the opportunity to coach, lead, and motivate other people. We want to get the best people. …. And doors should not be closed to them just because of the color of their skin,” he said.

Krum was one of 18 former players inducted into the National Football Foundation’s Hall of Fame Tuesday night at a gala dinner.

Former Colorado star Rashaan Salaam, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1994, was posthumously inducted and introduced by his mother, Halada Salam-Alaji.

Rashaan Salam committed suicide in 2017.

“He’s received so many accolades and it really compliments him,” she said.

The remaining classes included: LaVar Arrington of Pennsylvania; Champ Bailey of Georgia; Michael Crabtree Texas Institute of Technology; Mike Doss of Ohio State; Chuck Or from Toledo; Kevin Faulk LSU; Mo Gardner from Illinois; Boomer Grigsby from Illinois; Mike Huss of Oregon; Marvin Jones the state of Florida; Andrew Luck Stanford; Mark Messner of Michigan; Terry Miller of Oklahoma State; Dennis Thomas of Alcorn State; Zach Wiegert from Nebraska; and Roy Williams of Oklahoma.

The designated coaches were John Luckhardt, who was head coach at Washington and Jefferson and UC Pennsylvania for almost 30 years; Billy Jack Murphy from Memphis; as well as Gary Pinkelled Toledo and Missouri.

Krum, 68, coached at Mississippi State for five years, taking over a program that was headed for NCAA sanctions at the time. The Tuscaloosa, Alabama native went 21-38 and had one winning season.

Larry Templeton, the former Mississippi athletic director who hired Krum, said he didn’t know Krum until he interviewed him but received rave recommendations. Templeton said he was looking for a coach with uncompromising integrity, and Krum, who had been an assistant in the NFL for many years, fit those criteria.

Templeton said he thinks athletic directors and university presidents have become so risk-averse when it comes to hiring a football coach that it limits their search.

“They want a proven product,” Templeton said.

The latest FBS school to fill the head coach position was UNLV, which on Tuesday announced it had hired a defensive coordinator from Arkansas and a former head coach from Missouri. Barry Odomwho is white.

Krum pointed to the NFL, which also struggled with a shortage of minority head coaches but introduced a policy to at least try to address the issue.

“There must be a constant dialogue with the commissioners of the conference,” Krum said. “I definitely think my hiring at the state of Mississippi was the result of Commissioner (Mike) Slive pushing for changes and his conversations not only with athletic directors but with presidents and boards of trustees. I think it came from him.”

Krum said he was impressed from afar by Sanders’ work at Jackson State, and dismayed by the criticism Coach Prime has received for apparently using a historically black school in Mississippi as a stepping stone to a bigger job.

Sanders spent three seasons at Jackson State, winning Southwestern Athletic Conference titles this year and last year.

“He deserved this opportunity and I think his success has helped Jackson State, helped the HBCU community both on and off the football field,” said Krum.

Krum was one of the first black players Bryant hired to play in Alabama. This change helped revive the Crimson Tide.

From 1972 to 1974, Krum played center for teams that made the top 10 every year and won three SEC championships. He was the team captain in his senior year.

“The key to it was Coach Bryant,” Krum said with a smile, “because we were afraid of losing.”

LAS VEGAS – UNLV Hires Former Missouri Football Coach Barry Odom on Tuesday for the same position.

He coached the Tigers from 2016 to 2019, going 25-25 and making two bowl appearances.

Odom was Arkansas’ defensive coordinator and deputy head coach for the last three seasons.

“I am honored and delighted to begin developing relationships with our student athletes and provide them with an excellent foundation for success in all areas of their lives,” Odom said in a statement.

UNLV will officially introduce Odom at a press conference on Wednesday morning.

Odom replaces Marcus Arroyowho was fired after going 5-7 this season and 7-23 in three years.

Source: collegefootball.nbcsports.com