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.”
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