Mississippi Hound Dogs
|Mississippi Hound Dogs|
Played in Tupelo, Mississippi
at the BancorpSouth Arena
|Ultimate Indoor Football League (2012)
|Team colors||Blue Suede, Sky Blue, Cream|
|Head coach||Martino Theus|
|League championships (0)|
|Conference championships (0)|
|Division championships (0)|
The Mississippi Hound Dogs were a professional indoor football team based in Tupelo, Mississippi. The Hound Dogs played their home games at the BancorpSouth Arena as a member of the Ultimate Indoor Football League's Southern Conference.
The Hound Dogs name is an homage to Tupelo's best-known native, the "King of Rock 'n Roll" Elvis Presley, in particular his cover version of "Hound Dog", which became that song's best-known version and one of Presley's best-known recordings in general. (They are the second football team to use the name in homage to Presley; the first, the Memphis Hound Dogs, was a proposed NFL expansion team that was not accepted to the league upon its expansion in 1995.)
The Hound Dogs were the third indoor football team to play in Tupelo, after the Tupelo FireAnts of the National Indoor Football League (2001–2004) and the Mississippi MudCats of the American Indoor Football Association (2007).
On August 16, 2011 the team announced that Martino Theus would be the team's first ever head coach. On March 20, 2012, head coach Martino Theus was fired after an 0-3 start for the Hound Dogs. Former indoor player, Eric Bingham was hired as his replacement. However, when the UIFL stepped in when owner Marty Cooper couldn't afford the team, the UIFL took over the team and named Martino Theus the head coach once again. The Hound Dogs cancelled all remaining home games, but fulfilled all their remaining road games.
On April 24, 2012, the league announced that it had taken over operations of the Mississippi Hound Dogs due to financial difficulty, and modified their schedule to make them a travel-only squad.
There were several changes to the schedule made when the league took over operations of the Hound Dogs. The May 14 game against the Western Pennsylvania Sting was cancelled, and the May 26 game against the Florida Tarpons was originally scheduled to be a home game, but the schedule was changed to play the game in Florida.
|2012 Mississippi Hound Dogs roster|
|League Champions||Conference Champions||Division Champions||Wild Card Berth||League Leader|
|Season||Team||League||Conference||Division||Regular season||Postseason results|
|Totals||1||9||0||All-time regular season record (2012)|
|0||0||-||All-time postseason record (2012)|
|1||9||0||All-time regular season and postseason record (2012)|
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- John L. Pitts (June 13, 2011). "Indoor football returning to Tupelo". www.djournal.com. Daily Journal. Retrieved October 26, 2015.
- Gene Phelps (September 27, 2011). "Ain't nothin' but Hound Dogs". www.djournal.com. Daily Journal. Retrieved October 26, 2015.
- "Tupelo Gets Its Man". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. August 16, 2015. Retrieved October 26, 2015.
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- John L. Pitts (March 23, 2012). "Hound Dogs back with new coach". www.djournal.com. Tupelo Daily Journal. Retrieved October 26, 2015.[permanent dead link]
- John L. Pitts (April 24, 2015). "League steps in; Hound Dogs through in Tupelo". www.djournal.com. Tupelo Daily Journal. Retrieved October 26, 2015.[permanent dead link]
- "League steps in on Mississippi". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. April 24, 2012. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
- Montrose, Dave (28 April 2012). "Tarpons clinch playoff spot with win over Dogs". Fort Myers News-Press. Retrieved 29 April 2012.[permanent dead link]
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