Ellisville, MS (Hattiesburg American) - It is said the coaching bug never really goes away.
How else to explain why Ray Perkins chose to get back into the business after 11 years of retirement?
And at age 70, to boot?
Perkins, the former head coach at Alabama and in the NFL, was introduced as the Jones County Junior College coach on Tuesday. And almost the first words out of his mouth indicated he's in it for the long haul.
"Somebody on the board asked me, 'Where do you see yourself in five years?'" Perkins said. "I said, 'I see myself right here.' They then asked me, 'Where do you see the football team?' And I said, 'I see us on top of the pack.'"
Those words played well at JCJC, where the Bobcats have fallen back into the pack of also-rans in the MACJC.
Perkins replaces Eddie Pierce, who resigned last month after six seasons. Pierce compiled a 36-21 record, but the Bobcats only made the state playoffs twice during his tenure.