Mizzou fires defensive coordinator DeMontie Cross

COLUMBIA, Mo. — University of Missouri Defensive Coordinator and Inside Linebackers coach DeMontie Cross has been relieved of his coaching duties, effective immediately, Tiger Head Coach Barry Odom announced Sunday afternoon.

“I am very appreciative of all that DeMontie has done for Mizzou, and am sorry that this did not work out, however, after careful evaluation, I believe it is important to make this change now,” Odom said.

An original member of Odom’s staff, Cross returned to his alma mater with 18 years of coaching experiences, including 12 seasons with Power 5 programs and five more in the National Football League.

Cross will be paid based upon the terms of his contract according to school officials.

NOTE: The Tigers have allowed 74 points and 851 yards through two games, with 43 points and 492 yards against Missouri State in the season opener.