It didn't take Jay Cobb long to find a football home. In fact, Cobb returns to Knott County Central where he led the Patriots to the playoffs during the 1990's. "Knott County has a special place in my heart," Cobb said on Wednesday. "I enjoyed my time here immensely. We did some good things and thought we put the program in good shape and it kinda got away from it." Cobb left KCC after the 1997 season promptly turning the Somerset football program into a contender again. Cobb went 87-48 at Somerset from 1998-2008 winning four region titles. The veteran coach abruptly resigned prior to the 2009 campaign after disagreements with the Somerset administration. The 2009 Briar Jumpers (14-1) advanced to the KHSAA Class 3A state finals before losing to Paducah Tilghman 21-0.
Cobb knows the challenges ahead for him at Knott Central. The Patriots have not had a winning season since 1996, when Cobb led KCC to an 8-3 record. "The last 12 years has been tough. I want to put this program back in good shape again. It's not going to be easy, but it's like I told the kids there are no magic bullets." It's something where you just gotta come in and work hard and put your mind to it." Since Cobb's last season in Hindman, Knott County has a compiled a mere 22-101 record with five different coaches spanning those 12 seasons.