UNLV has hired Arkansas defensive coordinator Barry Odom as its next head football coach, the school announced Tuesday. Odom would take over the program after the school fired Marcus Arroyo, who went 7-23 in three seasons leading the Rebels.

"My family and I would like to thank president Keith Whitfield, athletics director Erick Harper and the administrative team for the opportunity to be the head football coach of  the UNLV Rebels," Odom said. "I'm honored and excited to begin developing a relationship with our student-athletes and provide them a great foundation for success in every area of their lives. I believe in the vision and plan that President Whitfield and Mr. Harper have for the UNLV Athletics Department. That alignment piece is critical and together we will achieve great success. This city is founded on opportunity and we look forward to this opportunity to lead this program and engage with this amazing community and Rebels everywhere."

Odom, 46, has served as Arkansas defensive coordinator for the past three seasons under coach Sam Pittman, and he's helped the program rebound from the Chad Morris era.