Southern coach Dawson Odums is making progress in remaking his staff, but the new group won’t be able to conduct spring practice.
For the second consecutive year the Jaguars will not have spring practice to fulfill lingering NCAA sanctions from 2012 related to insufficient Academic Progress Rates.
Odums said Wednesday that Southern chose the forfeiture of spring practice rather than accept a postseason ban for last season.
At a news conference to discuss the hiring of new defensive coordinator Trei Oliver, Odums revealed additional staff changes. Oliver, who had coached the outside linebackers at North Carolina A&T, will also oversee the Jaguars secondary. He will choose whether to coach the safeties or the cornerbacks and special teams coordinator Steve Adams, who coached the safeties last season, will coach whichever group Oliver doesn’t choose.
Last year’s cornerbacks coach, Chris Scott, was among three defensive assistants Odums fired shortly after last season. The other two were defensive line coach Myron Jackson and linebackers coach Lorick Atkinson.
Odums, who had doubled as defensive coordinator since being elevated to head coach two games into the 2012 season, and Oliver will huddle this weekend to discuss filling the other two openings.
Southern is making progress in filling the offensive staff as well in the wake of the resignation of co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach/recruiting coordinator Chad Germany, who subsequently was hired by Jackson State as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Offensive line coach Chennis Berry, who shared the coordinator duties with Germany, will be the new coordinator and running backs coach Elvis Joseph has taken over as recruiting coordinator. That leaves the role of quarterbacks coach to be filled.