Williamsburg, KY - A little more than one week after leading the University of the Cumberlands to the NAIA National Championship game head coach John Bland is leaving the Patriots.
Bland will take over the program at Mississippi College, an NCAA Division 2 school. Bland, an All-American quarterback at Farragut in the 1980s, recruited heavily from the greater Knoxville area to the Cumberlands just across the border in Kentucky.
In 2013, the Patriots led the nation with 4,978 rushing yards, averaging 355.6 per game, a mark that also led the country. Cumberlands averaged 44.0 points per game, ranking 5th in all of NAIA.
Bland made 6 playoff apearances with the Patriots in his 8 seasons as head coach.