I quickly learned the names of the best players, and one of them was Furman's quarterback, Bobby Lamb — and today he's the head coach at Mercer. I caught up with him Wednesday, ahead of his team's big conference showdown with his alma mater.
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That year, 1985, Lamb led the Purple Paladins, as we called them, to the national championship game and I watched a shootout on television in December, with Georgia Southern edging the Paladins. Since then, Lamb has been an assistant coach at Furman, a successful head coach there, and now he has helped get the Mercer program up and running for the first time since the 1940s.