Former NFL, Alabama head coach Perkins announced as JCJC head coach

ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - A former head coach for the New York Giants, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the University of Alabama, Ray Perkins returns to Mississippi-- only 15 minutes from his hometown of Petal-- to take over as head football coach of Jones County Junior College.

Perkins, 70, takes over the program from Eddie Pierce, who recently resigned after five years as the bobcats' head coach.

Perkins' experience in football stretches all the way back to 1964, when he achieved All-America status as a wide receiver playing under legendary Crimson Tide head coach Bear Bryant. After assistant coaching stints with Mississippi State, the New England Patriots and the San Diego Chargers, he took over as head coach of the New York Giants in 1979.

After three years with the Giants, Perkins headed up the football program of his alma mater, Alabama. After going 32-15-1 over his three seasons as the Crimson Tide head coach, Perkins returned to the NFL in 1987 to become the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

His time in Tampa Bay would be his last as head coach. Perkins remained in coaching as an assistant at both the college and NFL level until 2000 , at which point he retired.

Perkins becomes the 17th head coach of the bobcats' football program. The University of Southern Mississippi will announce its 19th head football coach today at 4:00 pm. WDAM will carry the press conference live.