New Coaching Candidate Emerges

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Tommy Bowden has filled two of his three opening on his staff and those will be announced as soon as the paperwork is completed on Rob Spence and Vic Koenning. The third assistant could be former Clemson players Arlington Nunn or Dexter Davis. Another candidate has emerged also. TigerSource has learned that Marion Hobby may be another candidate.

Here is Hobby’s bio from the Ole Miss website:

Marion Hobby is in his sixth full season at Ole Miss after being hired in December of 1998 by head coach David Cutcliffe prior to the Rebels' 1998 Sanford Independence Bowl victory over Texas Tech.

While coaching the defensive ends, Hobby helped Ole Miss rank 14th nationally in rushing defense in 2003. The Rebels also recorded 106 TFLs last season, which was 22 more than in 2002 and 51 more than in 2001.

Hobby's first full season in 1999 saw the Rebels finish fourth nationally versus the run, allowing an average of 78.1 yards per game.

During his time at Ole Miss, Hobby coached defensive end Derrick Burgess, who was selected third team All-America by Football News and first team All-SEC by The Associated Press in 2000 before being a third round selection of the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2001 NFL Draft. Another defensive end he coached was Shane Elam, who signed a free-agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

He also coached defensive end Charlie Anderson, a sixth round selection of the Houston Texans in the 2004 NFL Draft, and defensive end Josh Cooper, who signed a free-agent contract with San Francisco following the 2004 Draft. Two other current players he coached, Brian Lester and Rob Robertson, earned Freshman All-SEC honors from the league coaches in 2001.

A 1989 graduate of Tennessee, Hobby played defensive end for the Volunteers from 1985-89 and earned first team All-SEC honors from The Associated Press, SEC Coaches, and United Press International in 1989 when he was selected as team captain. In recognition of his performance with the Vols, he was named to Tennessee's 100th Anniversary football team.

After his playing days at Tennessee, Hobby spent four years in the National Football League (NFL), playing for the New England Patriots from 1990-93, after New England acquired him from the Minnesota Vikings.

Following his professional career, Hobby entered the coaching ranks, coaching defensive tackles at Tennessee-Martin in 1995. He then moved on to Southwestern Louisiana (now Louisiana-Lafayette), where he served as the head strength and conditioning coach and defensive tackles coach from 1996-97. He returned to his alma mater in 1998 as an assistant strength and conditioning coach, a position he served until coming to Ole Miss.

A native of Irondale, Ala., Hobby is married to the former Constance Price, and the couple has three children, Maria (11), Mariah (11) and Camille (3).

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