‘Coaches Cabana’ debuts today for SEC teams

Football stockBy Parrish Alford

Daily Journal

If you’ve ever disagreed with a play call so strongly that you wanted an explanation from the coach during the game, well now’s your chance.

Sort of.

It won’t be the coach who called the play, but this season through social media you can interact former college football coaches as they analyze games and field questions from fans.

“Coaches Cabana” is a production of Rivals.com and Yahoo and will feature a real-time stream on any digital device of former coaches monitoring a participating school’s game from a restaurant or other public gathering.

Public, these guys want to hear from you. Fans watching on television can connect with the coaches at CoachesCabana.com and fire off questions and comments via Twitter or email.

The Ole Miss coach will be Max Howell, the recruiting coordinator for Billy Brewer in 1989. He later served on staff at Florida State and is better known for a 20-plus year career in sports talk radio around the Southeast including a stop in Tupelo.

Howell will be joined at the Oxford Buffalo Wild Wings by former WTVA sports anchor Will Kollmeyer for a 7 p.m., Ole Miss-Texas kick.

“This is about fan interaction,” Howell said. “They wanted guys who have had some experience coaching at this level.”

The Mississippi State coach will be former Southern Miss and LSU head coach Curley Hallman, who served a stint as an assistant with Jackie Sherrill at MSU.

Comcast and Buffalo Wild Wings are also investors of “Coaches Cabana.”

“After our first meeting back in May I was watching a reality show on a cable network. They were taking tweets from people in the audience for mechanics. That’s exactly what we’re doing, but it’s football,” Howell said.

This first season of the show includes includes 15 schools, many of them in the SEC, plus a few other big-name programs.

Howell is one of the few hosts involved who does not have head coach experience.

The list also includes Gaylen Hall at Florida, Barry Switzer at Oklahoma, Fred Akers at Texas and Sherrill at Texas A&M.

parrish.alford@journalinc.com