Bobby Lamb hasn’t signed a player and is still going through all the hoops necessary to start a football program.
Replacing an assistant coach isn’t usually part of that routine for a startup program that has yet to go through its first signing day, but Mercer’s head football coach already has to replace an assistant.
North Greenville, a Division II program in Greenville, S.C., hired Carroll McCray on Wednesday as its new head coach.
McCray and Jeff Farrington had been with Lamb at Furman, and they were his first hires upon taking the Mercer job almost a year ago.
McCray was Furman’s offensive line coach for four seasons before Lamb’s resignation under pressure in November, 2010.
McCray was head coach at Austin Peay for four seasons before joining Lamb at Furman.
McCray and Farrington went on the Mercer payroll on July 1. McCray had yet to move to Macon and lives only a few miles from the North Greenville campus.
After Mercer lost to East Tennessee State, the Bears’ RPI took a big hit.
But it wasn’t anything a couple quality rebound wins couldn’t fix.
Mercer jumped 36 spots in the NCAA’s RPI after knocking off USC Upstate and Kennesaw State and opened the week at No. 117.
The Bears’ drop in CollegeRPI.com after the loss to East Tennessee State wasn’t quite as drastic, and they’re at No. 112.
Mercer peaked at No. 17 three games into the season on CollegeRPI.com. The NCAA’s RPI doesn’t start until several weeks into the season.
The Bears are second among A-Sun teams, 51 spots better than East Tennessee State in NCAA and 41 in CollegeRPI.com.
Mercer is unlikely to go much higher in the rankings, since conference play has started in earnest and teams can’t come up with any major non-conference upsets.
Belmont is currently No. 84 in both rankings and will improve a bit if it continues winning.
Mercer hosts Belmont in the regular-season finale on Feb. 25, less than a week before the Bears host the A-Sun tournament.
The A-Sun is expanding in its Vineville Avenue office, announcing Wednesday the addition of Tim Crosby as the associate commissioner for development and external affairs, a new position.
Crosby owned a consulting firm after serving in a variety of positions with the PGA and Champions tours for several years.
His career began at Augusta State and then worked at Georgia Southern.
Mercer has hired a new volleyball coach, but now the athletics department is in search of another sports information director.
Dave Beyer resigned last week to take a similar job in Texas after less than two years in the position.
The school has also hired Amos Mansfield as assistant athletics director and director of sports medicine. He replaces Rob Murphy, who left earlier this month after more than decade for a similar position at N.C. State.
Mercer is still looking for a new head women’s soccer coach. Grant Serafy resigned in early December.
Around Georgia College/Peach Belt
As usual, the Peach Belt is the conference of logjams.
The unusual part is Georgia College’s location in both sets of standings.
The women are undergoing a major rebuilding, so their struggles were somewhat expected. Georgia College is 1-5 in conference play and 3-12 overall after Wednesday’s 45-33 loss to Augusta State.
The men, however, are in rare air, at the bottom of the West Division at 1-4, 8-6 overall entering Wednesday night’s game against USC Aiken. They are three games behind Montevallo.
The seven-team East has played a few more games than the six-team West.