James T. Thomas

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James T. Thomas
Biographical details
Alma materHunt High School
Mississippi Industrial College
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1978–1979Mississippi Valley State
Head coaching record

James "T" Thomas was the ninth head football coach at Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, Mississippi and he held that position for two seasons, from 1978 until 1979. His coaching record at Mississippi Valley State was 10–8.[1]


Thomas attended R. E. Hunt High School in Columbus, Mississippi, a segregated school for blacks only. He attended college at Mississippi Industrial College in Holly Springs, Mississippi. After playing in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams, Thomas played for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League.

After his playing career was over, Thomas earned a masters degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He coached in college at SOSU and Ole Miss as well as Noxubee County High School, Houston High School, and in Memphis before winding up at Mississippi Valley State.[2]


  1. ^ Mississippi Valley State University coaching records Archived August 21, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Smith, Slim (8 October 2015). "Columbus loses a football legend". Retrieved 11 December 2018.