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The Associated Press | December 27, 2013

Mississippi College hires Bland

CLINTON, Miss. -- Mississippi College has hired John Bland as its next football coach.

The school announced the hiring on Thursday.

Bland succeeds Norman Joseph who resigned in November as head football coach at Mississippi College after nine seasons.

Bland had been head coach at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky., for the past eight seasons. Bland led the Patriots to the NAIA playoffs six times, including a 13-1 season and a trip to the national championship game in 2013.

Overall, Bland posted a 70-21 mark and won the Mid-South Conference championship five times.

Joseph became the Choctaws' coach in 2004 and led them to a 9-3 record and the American Southwest Conference championship in 2009. Joseph had a career record of 63-70 as a head coach.