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Montana State football coach Rob Ash has plucked several players from Texas during the course of his five years in Bozeman. Now he's gone to the Lone Star State to fill a void on his coaching staff.

Demo Odems will join the MSU football program as its running backs coach. Odems comes to MSU from Austin, Texas, where he went 22-19 in four seasons as the head coach at his alma mater, Lyndon B. Johnson High School.

Odems announced his hiring by Montana State to the Austin American-Statesman on Tuesday.

"I'm very excited about it. It's a great opportunity," Odems told the newspaper. "One of my goals was to coach at my alma mater, and my other (goal) was to coach at the collegiate level, and it has come to fruition."

Odems was a wide receiver at the University of Iowa, and went on to be a graduate assistant at Wisconsin in 2006. He was previously the receivers coach at the University of Arkansas-Monticello. Odems figures to help sustain Montana State's recruiting edge in Texas.

"It's very big for me to have that pipeline built and for me to help continue to grow it," he said.

The Bobcats are still in the market for an offensive coordinator. Former Washington State offensive coordinator Todd Sturdy is reportedly in line for that job, although no official announcement has been made by MSU.

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