James Edward Carmody, Jr.

High School Career

Holy Cross High School, New Orleans, LA (1948-1952)

• Two-sport player with three letters each in football and baseball


College Career

Copiah-Lincoln Junior College (1952-1954)
Tulane University (1954-1955)

• Two-year football letterman

• Team posted upsets of Vanderbilt, Alabama, Georgia, and tie with LSU

• Played in first night game in Tulane history at Tulane Stadium (1954)

• First winning record in five years (1955)


Coaching Career

Armed Services Coach in Korea (1957-1958)
Assistant Coach Holy Cross HS, New Orleans, LA (1959-1960)
Freshman coach Tulane (1961-1962)
Freshman coach Kentucky (1963-1964)
Assistant coach Mississippi State (1964-1966)
Assistant coach North Carolina (1967-1973)

• ACC Champions (’71, ‘72)

Assistant coach Ole Miss (1974-1977)

• Coached six All-SEC players; one All-American (Ben Williams)

Defensive Coordinator USM (1978-1981)

• Nicknamed “Big Nasty” as coordinator of “Nasty Bunch defense

Assistant coach Buffalo Bills NFL (1981-1982)

• Franchise-best season on defense allowing 150 total points and team record 47 sacks (’81)

Head Coach USM (1982-1987)

• Overall coaching record 37-29 (56%)

• Winning record in five of six seasons

• 38-29 upset ended 57 game Alabama win streak in Tuscaloosa, AL. Most points scored against a Bear Bryant team in Tuscaloosa (’82)

• Associate Coach East-West Shrine game (’85)

• Initiated Athlete-Agent Bill requiring sports agent registration in MS (’88)

Defensive Coordinator Mississippi State (1989-1990)

• Defense improved from 84th nationally to 15th (’89)

Assistant Head Coach, Recruiting Coordinator Mississippi College (1991)

• Team ranked 3rd in nation

• Defense ranked 11th in nation; allowed 13 points per game

Assistant Head Coach, Defensive Line Ole Miss (1992-1994)

• #6 in nation in defense (’92)

• #1 in nation in defense (’93)

• #17 in nation in defense (’94)

Assistant Coach & Scout, Arizona Cardinals (1994-2005)


Hall of Fame Memberships

• Copiah-Lincoln Community College Athletic Hall of Fame (1993)

• Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (2009)


Did You Know?

Carmody, who has a Masters Degree from Tulane, published numerous articles for national football publications including ”Defensive Football Strategies” and “Multiple Goal Line Defenses” in 2002.

As USM’s head coach, his team’s 17-7 win over Jackson State in 1987 marked the first football meeting ever between one of the state’s predominantly white Division 1-A teams and one of Mississippi’s predominantly black 1-AA teams. His USM squads were 11-4 against in-state rivals Ole Miss and Mississippi State.