Kinard from 1967 Seminole yearbook
December 16, 1933|
July 2, 2018 (aged 84)|
Fort Payne, Alabama
|Position(s)||Defensive back / halfback|
|NFL draft||1956 / Round: 2 / Pick: 25|
|1959||Mainland HS (FL)|
|1974–1975||Green Bay Packers (DB)|
|1976–1977||Cleveland Browns (DB)|
|1979–1980||New England Patriots (DB)|
|1957–1958||Green Bay Packers|
Billy Russell Kinard (December 16, 1933 – June 30, 2018) was a former American football player and coach. He played professionally as a defensive back for the Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL) and the Buffalo Bills of the American Football League (AFL) . Kinard played college football at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) before being drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the second round of the 1956 NFL Draft. He played professionally for four seasons and retired in 1960. Kinard later served as the head football coach at Ole Miss from 1971 to 1973 and at Gardner–Webb University in 1978, compiling a career coaching record of 20–14–1.
In 1970, Kinard's older brother, a former Ole Miss and NFL star, Frank "Bruiser" Kinard, became the athletic director at Ole Miss. He hired the younger Kinard to be the new Ole Miss Rebels football coach. After the third contest of the 1973 season, Johnny Vaught replaced Kinard, returning for his second stint as Ole Miss' athletic director and head football coach.
Head coaching record
|Ole Miss Rebels (Southeastern Conference) (1971–1973)|
|1971||Ole Miss||10–2||4–2||T–4th||W Peach||20||15|
|1973||Ole Miss||1–2[n 1]||0–0[n 1]||[n 1]|
|Gardner–Webb Runnin' Bulldogs (South Atlantic Conference) (1978)|
- Kinard was fired after the first three games of the 1973 season, before the start of conference play. Johnny Vaught replaced Kinard as head coach and led Ole Miss to a record of 5–3 over the final eight games of the season. The Rebels finished 6–5 overall and 4–3 in Southeastern Conference play, placing third.
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