Dawson Odums
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Southern head coach Dawson Odums has decided to shake up his defensive staff.

Odums let go three assistant coaches — defensive line coach Myron Jackson, linebackers coach Lorick Atkinson and and cornerbacks coach Chris Scott — on Wednesday, The Advocate reported.

Southern was fifth in scoring defense (33.5 points per game), third in total defense (385 yards per game), fifth in pass defense (335.1 yards per game) and fourth in run defense (160 yards per game) this past season.

Odums, who served as defensive coordinator, is expect to relinquish those duties and name a replacement.

“He wants to name a defensive coordinator, and in order to do that he had to make some room,” Atkinson told the Advocate. “I had a great run here. I love Southern. I’m proud of my players and I’m grateful for the opportunity to coach here.”

The newspaper also reported that co-offensive coordinator Chad Germany has resigned.

Southern finished the 2014 regular season 6-5 overall and 6-3 in the SWAC.


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