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Bill Parcells Visits Jones County Junior College

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When JCJC takes the field tomorrow night, two Super Bowl rings will be in the stands.

"I'm here to watch the game tomorrow night, and we'll take it from there," says NFL Hall of Fame head coach Bill Parcells.

Parcells comes to town at a pivotal time for the Bobcats, who are one win away from clinching the top seed in the MACJC South Division.

"I think it's the right time," says JCJC head football coach Ray Perkins. "Any time would be the right time. He's always welcome and he knows that."

Parcells and Perkins share a friendship that dates back more than 30 years.

Needless to say, tomorrow night will not be their first time on the same side of the field together.

"Coach Perkins has been a life-long friend for me," says Parcells.

"Like he said we're really life-long friends," says Perkins.

"We both like football, we have that in common, we've been friends for many years, we coached together a couple different places," says Parcells.

"I have the utmost respect for him as a person first, and certainly as a coach," says Perkins.

Perkins hired Parcells when he was the head coach of the New York Giants, a job Parcells took over in 1983.

Two Super Bowl rings and a Gold Jacket later, giving his predecessor's team a pep talk for Southwest Mississippi Community College is the least the Hall of Famer could do to return the favor.

"A big awe factor with the players - they knew who he is, they knew who Bill Parcells is," says Perkins. "They've got a lot of respect for him and they know what he's won, and they know that he's been inducted into the Hall of Fame, and so it was quite impressive."

Parcells does not elaborate on what was said in today's team meeting, but he says enough to get the gist.

"I would say it was a little bit about what real competition is," says Parcells.

Perkins and his No. 6 Bobcats travel to Summit to take on the Bears at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.

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