Billy Kinard
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Kinard from 1967 Seminole yearbook
Personal information
Born:(1933-12-16)December 16, 1933
Jackson, Mississippi
Died:July 2, 2018(2018-07-02) (aged 84)
Fort Payne, Alabama
Career information
College:Ole Miss
Position:Defensive back / halfback
NFL Draft:1956 / Round: 2 / Pick: 25
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:

Billy Russell Kinard (December 16, 1933 – June 30, 2018) was an American football player and coach. He played professionally as a defensive back for the Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL) and the Buffalo Bills of the American Football League (AFL).[1] Kinard played college football at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) before being drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the second round of the 1956 NFL Draft. He played professionally for four seasons and retired in 1960.[2] Kinard later served as the head football coach at Ole Miss from 1971 to 1973 and at Gardner–Webb University in 1978, compiling a career coaching record of 20–14–1.

Coaching career

In 1970, Kinard's older brother, a former Ole Miss and NFL star, Frank "Bruiser" Kinard, became the athletic director at Ole Miss. He hired the younger Kinard to be the new Ole Miss Rebels football coach. After the third contest of the 1973 season, Johnny Vaught replaced Kinard, returning for his second stint as Ole Miss' athletic director and head football coach.[3]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Ole Miss Rebels (Southeastern Conference) (1971–1973)
1971 Ole Miss 10–2 4–2 T–4th W Peach 20 15
1972 Ole Miss 5–5 2–5 T–7th
1973 Ole Miss 1–2[n 1] 0–0[n 1] [n 1]
Ole Miss: 16–9 6–7
Gardner–Webb Runnin' Bulldogs (South Atlantic Conference) (1978)
1978 Gardner–Webb 4–5–1 2–5 T–5th
Gardner–Webb: 4–5–1 2–5
Total: 20–14–1

See also


  1. ^ a b c Kinard was fired after the first three games of the 1973 season, before the start of conference play. Johnny Vaught replaced Kinard as head coach and led Ole Miss to a record of 5–3 over the final eight games of the season. The Rebels finished 6–5 overall and 4–3 in Southeastern Conference play, placing third.


  1. ^ " - Billy Kinard". Archived from the original on April 14, 2020. Retrieved January 7, 2009.
  2. ^ "Billy Kinard Statistics". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved January 7, 2009.
  3. ^ "Ole Miss Football History". Retrieved January 8, 2009.[dead link]