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Hall of fame QB headlines next month’s Gulf Coast Coaches Clinic

Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre.
Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com

Hall of fame quarterback Brett Favre is the headliner for the 55th annual Gulf Coast Coaches Clinic on Feb. 21-23 at the Golden Nugget.

Favre, a former Hancock High and Southern Miss standout, will speak at 11 a.m. on Feb. 22. Favre retired as pro football’s career passing leader. His records were later broken by Peyton Manning. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is expected to break those marks next season.

Ole Miss coach Matt Luke who is entering his second season as the Rebels’ head coach, will speak at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 22. The Gulfport native is just one on a long list of high school and college coaches set to speak to coaches from across the region.

Mississippi State first-year coach Joe Moorhead will speak at 6 p.m. on Feb. 22.

It all starts at 5 p.m. on Feb. 21 with former University of Houston coach John Jenkins.

Two other coaches with ties to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Pearl River Community College are also scheduled to speak.

Newly-hired South Alabama coach Steve Campbell, a former Gulf Coast CC and Delta State coach, will speak three times: 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 and 10 a.m. and 3:50 p.m. Feb. 22.

East Mississippi CC coach Buddy Stephens, a former PRCC assistant coach, will speak at 2:35 p.m. Feb. 22 and 4:50 p.m. Feb. 23. Stephens has won four NJCAA national titles for the Lions.

The three-day event will wrap up on Feb. 23 with three high school coaches taking the stage. Thompson (Ala.) High School coach Mark Freeman will be the final speaker at 10:25 a.m. on Friday. Freeman coaches Taulia Tagovailoa, considered one of the nation’s top quarterback prospects in the Class of 2019. His older brother, Tua Tagovailoa, is a backup signal-caller at Alabama.

Previous college coaches to speak at the clinic include Alabama's Nick Saban, Clemson's Dabo Swinney and Miami's Mark Richt.

For additional details: contact Lindy Callahan at 228-863-7779 or 228-297-5247.

James Jones: 228-896-2320, @_jkjones

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