Mercer Names Augusta Native Bobby Lamb Head Coach

The Mercer Bears will take up football again in 2013, joining the Georgia St. Panthers and Kennesaw St. Owls in starting a football program.

  • Live
2 Total Updates since November 22, 2010
  • Updates 2
  • All Updates 2

Mercer Football: Bobby Lamb Hired As Bears Head Coach

Macon.com is reporting that the Mercer Bears have landed the man to lead their football program. 48 year old Bobby Lamb will be formally introduced at a press conference on Thursday in Macon.

Lamb resigned from the Furman head coaching position after more than 29 years involved in the Paladin program. Pressure increased after Furman did not reach the FCS Playoffs for four consecutive years.

Lamb has amassed a 67-40 record in 9 seasons and is accustomed to strict academic demands. Under his leadership, Furman led the Southern Conference football teams in the NCAA’s Graduation Progress Rate (GSR) and Academic Progress Rate (APR) for six straight years.

In a twist of irony, Lamb actually met with new Furman President Rod Smolla to resign the same day that Mercer officials announced the launch of the football program. Mercer reached out in December and talks began to heat up in the last two weeks.

Continue

Mercer Football Program Looking For Head Coach After 70 Dormant Years

The Mercer Bears voted Friday to join the Georgia St. Panthers and Kennesaw St. Owls in starting up a metro Atlanta football program. They expect to play their first game in 2013. The Bears are unique, however, in that they already have a rich football history, boasting one of the Southeast's oldest football traditions. In 1892 they debuted against the Georgia Bulldogs, and they were the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets first opponent. The program was put on hold during World War II, and never started back up.

Mercer's currently on a losing streak, having dropped a tough contest against the Chattanooga Mocs in 1941, but the school announced today on 790 The Zone that they'll begin looking for a new head coach to turn things around soon.

The Bears will form a bridge between the classic and brand new in Peach State college football. Besides their ancient rivalries with Georgia and Tech, they and KSU have a decent little rivalry in basketball and other sports, busing to road games and handing out BEAT ___ shirts and so forth. The two schools are almost certain to play each other in football once KSU starts up a year later.

With three FCS programs near the metro area, plus the Georgia Southern Eagles and Savannah St. Tigers elsewhere in the state, fewer and fewer local recruits are going to leave Georgia to play football elsewhere. State and KSU have both declared eventual FBS intentions -- with all this sudden competition in the area, it seems more and more likely that one of these schools might wind up with a chance to play on the highest level. And Mercer, for one, has already been there.

Continue
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Atlanta

You must be a member of SB Nation Atlanta to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Atlanta. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Atlanta

You must be a member of SB Nation Atlanta to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Atlanta. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.