Perkins resigns as Jones County JC football coach

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 24, 2013 at 12:09 pm •  Published: December 24, 2013

ELLISVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Ray Perkins has resigned as head football coach at Jones County Junior College.

Perkins' resignation is effective Dec. 31.

In two years as head coach of the Bobcats, Perkins guided JCJC to a 15-5 record.

In 2013, Perkins was named the MACJC Coach of the Year. He led JCJC to its first MACJC South Division title since 2001 and its first appearance in the MACJC championship game since 2007. The Bobcats finished the season at 9-2 and were ranked No. 8 in the final NJCAA poll.

In 2012, JCJC posted a 6-3 record and tied for the division crown, but finished third in the tiebreaker and did not make the playoffs.

"We enjoyed, at least, some success the past two years and that was due in no small way to the kids and the coaching staff," Perkins, 72, said in a statement. "I think the kids and the coaches worked extremely hard, but I think we all had fun.

"That being said, over the past couple of months, I've decided to go in another direction. But I'm confident Jones will hire somebody to take the bull by the horns, so to speak, and they will enjoy a lot of success."

In a 2012 interview with the Associated Press, Perkins said the perceived status of a job isn't important. And he immediately had a good feeling about the work environment at Jones County.

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