Ole Miss Hires Don Lindsey
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) _ Don Lindsey, who began his coaching career more than 35 year ago under Alabama’s Bear Bryant, is returning to the Southeastern Conference as Mississippi’s defensive coordinator.
Ole Miss coach David Cutcliffe announced the hiring Friday night, five days after deciding not to renew the contract of Art Kaufman, following an embarrassing defensive performance in the Music City Bowl.
Cutcliffe also hired Thomas Woods, a receivers coach at Western Carolina. He will take over as receivers coach at Ole Miss.
``I am extremely pleased with these men, not only with the ability they bring to our staff, but the kind of people they are,″ Cutcliffe said in a written release. ``They are proven, outstanding leaders of young men.″
Lindsey, 57, was hired as the defensive coordinator of the Birmingham ThunderBolts of the XFL in September.
Before joining the team in new professional league, he was defensive coordinator for the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League.
Lindsey started his coaching career in 1965 under Bryant as a graduate assistant. He went on to coach at Montana State, Washington State, Arkansas, Southern California, Georgia Tech, Missouri and Hawaii.
``I have coached against Don Lindsey in past years,″ Cutcliffe said. ``I have always thought he was one of the most innovative, aggressive defensive football coaches in the United States.″
Lindsey coached on two occasions at Arkansas, Southern California, and Alabama. He helped Southern Cal win three national championships and Alabama win one.
Woods was receivers coach at Western Carolina for four years. He also played receiver at Tennessee, the school that Cutcliffe left to take the Ole Miss job in 1998.
Ruben Mendoza will take over as strength and conditioning coach, Cutcliffe said. Mendoza held a similar position with Clemson.
Mike MacIntyre, who was Ole Miss’ receivers coach this past season, will coach defensive backs, Cutcliffe said.
Ole Miss (7-5) finished the season with a 49-38 loss to West Virginia in the Music City Bowl in Nashville.