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Archie Manning: Fans have asked me to hire Peyton

Posted on: November 15, 2011 4:44 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2011 4:45 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

When he agreed to co-chair the committee assigned to hire Ole Miss's next head football coach, Rebel legend Archie Manning had to know he was going to encounter some (ahem) passionate opinions from the Ole Miss fanbase about who that committee should select.

But even he might not have been ready for the outpouring of support for a candidate with no professional coaching experience at any level, one who played and graduated from a rival SEC insitutition. Namely: Peyton Manning.

"I've gotten about 20 or 25 e-mails from people in that regard," Archie told the Memphis Commercial-Appeal. And hey, since Peyton's got that neck injury and all, and he's probably already forgotten more about offensive football than most candidates would ever know, why wouldn't he be interested?

"I passed that on to Peyton," Archie said. "He said, 'Just tell them that I'm 0-10 as an assistant for Indianapolis.'"

Oh. Guess he hasn't settled on retiring just yet. But the Commercial-Appeal reported that the younger Manning has "passed on names of several viable candidates." (There's an opening, Ole Miss fans: your school's in need of a new athletic director, too. Peyton sounds like a pefect fit!)

We don't know exactly who those candidates are, and Archie delined to name names. But buzz is building behind a handful of candidates all the same: the omnipresent Mike Leach, Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, and former Rebel assistant and current Arkansas State head coach Hugh Freeze.

None of those names are quite as big as Peyton's. But we'd think they'd do just as fine a job in Oxford all the same.


Since: Nov 9, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 12:13 pm

Archie Manning: Fans have asked me to hire Peyton

Head Coach... Nope.  AD... now I could definitely see that. 

BTW, Back off Ole Miss, Freeze is ours!!!

Go Red Wolves!

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 12:16 am

Archie Manning: Fans have asked me to hire Peyton

In todays game a head coach has got to be a great recruiter and I am not sure Peyton's personality fits that profile.  Now Eli absolutely that guy would kill on the recruiting front.  However if Peyton is going to pursue coaching I would imagine the NFL and it's business like approach is much bette suited for his personality.

However the guy is a winner and whatever he pursues he will excel. 

Since: Jul 23, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 6:28 pm

Archie Manning: Fans have asked me to hire Peyton

I have always thought Payton would be a great coach after his playing days.Ole Miss would be a perfect place for him to get his coaching legs under him and try to build something special for the longterm,it would be a smart hire...

Since: Aug 7, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 6:08 pm

Archie Manning: Fans have asked me to hire Peyton

returning to greatness? no disrespect to ole miss fans but they will always be where they have always been, the lower tier of the SEC. its hard to recruit there. i dont even think p. manning could help them. they will occassionally have an 8-3 season and go to the outback bowl or something. they will never be on top.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 5:46 pm

Archie Manning: Fans have asked me to hire Peyton

That would be a great hire for a lot of reasons.  NFL legend as HC would be aces for recruiting, not to mention attracting incredibly talented, but possibly under the radar assistants.  Ole Miss deserves a shot at returning to SEC greatness.  Why not a legacy Hall of Famer to light the way?

Since: Sep 23, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 5:27 pm

Archie Manning: Fans have asked me to hire Peyton

Payton will be the Head Ball Coach of the colts in 5 years. 2-3 as a player. 2-3 as the offensive coordniator. After that he will be the head coach and Andrew Luck will have been groomed to be better then Payton ever was. Payton never had a coach as good as Payton will be for Luck. This franchise got really lucky this year with bad luck.

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