The next offensive coordinator at Mizzou has ties to the NFL and Nick Saban.
Head Coach Barry Odom announced Friday that Missouri has added former Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley to its staff. Dooley will serve as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach. Terms of the deal weren’t immediately announced.
“I’m excited for our football program, Derek brings tremendous energy, knowledge and experience to our staff,” said Odom. “He will do a great job of mentoring our student-athletes in all areas of their lives, and I know he will add great benefit and loyalty to our staff room with his experiences he’s gained over his career. His football knowledge and offensive beliefs are in line with what will make Mizzou very successful. We have a great foundation to build on and along with the rest of the offensive staff we will put our kids in position to be their very best. I’m very happy to welcome the Dooley family to our organization!”
Dooley is fresh off a 5-season NFL stint with the Dallas Cowboys working as that team’s wide-receiver coach. In a statement, he said, “I am excited to be a Mizzou Tiger and look forward to helping Coach Odom carry out his vision for the program. I am grateful for this opportunity, and am ready to get to Columbia and go to work.”
Dooley spent seven years as a coach and staff member under current Alabama head coach Nick Saban: five years at LSU (2000-2004) and three seasons with the Miami Dolphins (2005-2007). He is the youngest son of legendary Georgia head football coach Vince Dooley.