FOOTBALL: A few tid-bits on Samford

Samford is a Baptist school in Birmingham, a member of the FCS Southern Conference. … The Bulldogs are coached by former Auburn Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan. … Samford is 2-0, defeating Division II West Georgia 21-19 and Faulkner 62-0. … Faulkner is an NAIA private school in Montgomery beginning its second season of football. … Oxford native Matt Malouf is getting some playing time. … Malouf is a sophomore after transferring from Memphis this season. … Against West Georgia Malouf carried four times for 15 yards. He was 10-for-12 passing for 101 yards with no interceptions, no touchdowns. … Against Faulkner Malouf carried five times for 26 yards. He was 1-for-2 passing for 6 yards and one interception. … Ole Miss and Samford meet Saturday night at 6 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

— PA


9 Responses to “FOOTBALL: A few tid-bits on Samford”

  1. Chris Says:

    Hey PA, any word on if Raycom or anyone else picked up the Vanderbilt game for TV?

  2. VA Reb Says:

    PA, why aren’t we playing USM or Jackson State instead of a team like Samford? I’ve never been able to see the logic in playing out-of-state teams when we could draw huge crowds with in-state play. I CAN understand getting other regional and national exposure, but Samford??

  3. djrebel Says:

    Larry, I think the Ole Miss/MSU opinion is the big crowd the Southern game would generate is helping prop up its program. I think Southern’s program has grown, and that argument is less valid than it once was.

    I don’t think it’s an unusual situation. I’m not an expert in the Alabama circles. I believe Auburn and UAB have played, but I’m not sure that Alabama and UAB have.

    — PA

  4. Chris Says:

    I think that USM wants Ole Miss to come play there every other year, and Ole Miss doesn’t want to play there. (See PA comments) I haven’t heard any arguments for playing JSU.

  5. VA Reb Says:

    I remember years ago when USM was on our schedule, and we beat them regularly. Then there for a few years, they were really competitive and beat us a few times. Not longer after that, the schedule was terminated. Regardless of doing whatever for each program, it’s a shame that Mississippi’s big three aren’t playing each other regularly…I, and probably many other fans had much rather watch USM/Ole Miss instead of Ole Miss/Samford or USM/MSU instead of MSU/Maine.

  6. djrebel Says:

    I agree that the three schools playing each other would generate a lot of excitement. But that’s not enough for State and Ole Miss to want to give Southern Miss a chance to claim equal footing when recruiting rolls around.

    The programs will never be equal, and that has to do with the conferences. But if you get in your licks with a few wins you might can make a claim.

    — PA

  7. rebelfan38652 Says:

    PA, That was a dead on point. I couldnt agree more!!

  8. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    Samford has a closer connection to Oxford than in Matt Malouf.
    Bobby Bowden’s alma mater. Bobby’s wife Ann has a brother and family living out in the Tula community. Much more in connection here but I dare not to go further into all this family affair. Some gets closer to home.

  9. Bacchus815 Says:

    While I’d love to play JSU, keep the money instate, and give their band the entire halftime to perform, even an Orgeron-coached Ole Miss team would be up 40-0 at halftime. The SWAC and MEAC schools have a hard enough time being competitive against other 1AA programs, much less a SEC team.

    Arkansas St. 83
    Texas Southern 10, anyone?

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