Bubba Davis to Columbus

Bubba Davis

Bubba Davis has left New Albany after one season to be the new head football coach at Columbus.

The hire received school board approval Monday morning. Davis has a career record of 223-88 and won four state titles at West Point in the 1980s. He led New Albany to a 3-8 record and a Class 4A playoff berth this past season.

Davis said he expects New Albany fans to be disenchanted with his sudden departure, but it was the best move for his family. The move will put him closer to his sisters and his wife’s parents. And Columbus was a very attractive job to him.

“I doubt if that opportunity will come around again,” he said.

He replaces Daryl Jones, who departed after two seasons. Columbus, which is in Region 1-5A along with South Panola, Olive Branch and Tupelo, is looking to strengthen its football program and has the full backing of new superintendent Del Phillips. The Falcons were 6-5 and missed the playoffs in 2007.

“We feel like we can compete at any level,” Columbus Athletics Director Paul Henry said. “We feel like we’ve got talent here.”

Read more about this story in Tuesday’s Daily Journal.

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10 responses to “Bubba Davis to Columbus

  1. anonymousna

    The bobby Petrino of Mississippi high school football. He said he left Petal to be closer to family. Now he is leaving New Albany to be closer to family. Sounds like building the program was harder than inheriting one.

  2. charleston11

    You would have left too. 4A New Albany or 5A Columbus? That’s not worth arguing over.
    Might not have been family but the money that got him to Columbus. Will New Albany let him out of his contract?

  3. Yes, his resignation was accepted. Seems an amicable departure.

  4. anonymousna

    I do not see how you can say “That’s not worth arguing over.” If someone says they will do something, they should do it! Even is something better comes along. When will coaches be expected to do the same?

  5. tcfan

    I would’ve went to Columbus. It seems like every year they have the huge talent but isn’t to put it all together. They’ll make the playoffs next year you can guarantee it.

    As for New Albany, a huge blow but they still have a lot of returning talent. It always sucks to lose a coach, especially if he’s prestigous. I’m just glad to see Bubba Davis out of 1-4A football lol.

  6. roastbeef1

    Brad, I know this isn’t on topic, but do you know yet as to whether or not the Tupelo High soccer team will do anything to honor Presley Wallace?

  7. I don’t know, but Gene Phelps might. I’ll ask him.

  8. roastbeef1

    Please do. The Wallace family are really great people and it’s sad that this had to happen to them. I really hope Tupelo High can do something for them next week pregame or halftime against Starkville.

  9. tupelopixdotcom

    I’ll post photo links if they do something…

  10. roastbeef1

    I’m going to go to the game next week anyway. I’m an IAHS alum but I still want to support that team. I can’t imagine what they’re going through. Seeing them last night at the funeral home was one of the most depressing sights I have ever dealt with. How they can go to Columbus Friday night and play is also beyond belief. Links will still definitely be appreciated though.

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