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Tuesday Question - 03/09/10

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Generally, we are the "authors" of "content" around here - "here" being a blog and not a message board. Recognize, we do, that you've come here not to contribute, but to consume. Nevertheless, there is the sporadic occasion where, either for our benefit or for to exercise the thinkifiers of the masses, we ask you a question. Today's question is ...

Who else besides Dan McDonnell has used an Ole Miss assistant coaching position to catapult him/herself to success?

I have been racking my brain trying to come up with an example of a former Ole Miss assistant - in any sport - who moved on to moderate-to-wild success elsewhere.  Coaches have certainly used top jobs with the Rebels as stepping stones to more attractive jobs ("Red" Drew to Alabama, Tommy Tuberville to Auburn, Rob Evans to Arizona State, Van Chancellor to the WNBA). We have promoted assistants with varying degrees of success (Jake Gibbs to succeed Tom Swayze, Rod Barnes to succeed Rob Evans). 

But when it comes to another school poaching a top-notch assistant from Ole Miss, who goes on to be pretty successful ... I'm drawing a blank.

This is all to say that this weekend's match-up between head coach and former assistant is a rare - if not unique - experience in the annals of Ole Miss athletics.