CHARLESTON, SC - Willie Jeffries, head coach of the 2nd Annual Medal of Honor Bowl's American Team, has announced that former Citadel quarterback Cam Turner will serve as the offensive coordinator and that former Bulldog Cal McCombs will be the defensive coordinator.
Set for 2:30 pm on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at The Citadel's Johnson Hagood Stadium, the Medal of Honor Bowl is a premier all-star game the features the nation's top draft-eligible college football players as projected for the NFL Draft. The game honors the Medal of Honor recipients and the game's beneficiaries, the Medal of Honor Museum Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project.
McCombs, who doubles as the bowl game's director of player personnel, is a native Belton, SC. He was the 28th head football coach at VMI for seven years (1999-05) and his tenure was the third-longest of any VMI football head coach since 1946 and he completed his time in Lexington as the sixth-winningest football coach in their history. Prior to guiding the Keydets, McCombs coached defense at The Citadel from 1971-83 before spending the next 14 years (1984-98) as a defensive assistant/defensive coordinator to coach Fisher DeBerry at the Air Force Academy.
He also spent five years as a scout for the NFL's Denver Broncos.
McCombs is a 1967 graduate of The Citadel where he earned five letters as a defensive back and a track and field standout, and was enshrined in The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988. He received a United States Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award for saving the lives of two people in January, 1981.
Turner recently completed his third season as an assistant coach with Florida International University football working with the Panthers quarterbacks and wide receivers.
In 2011, he joined the Minnesota Vikings as Assistant to Head Coach Leslie Frazier. He spent two years in Minnesota, embracing every preparatory aspect of managing an NFL coaching staff, from administrative details to coaching strategies.
Turner graduated from The Citadel in 2010, where he played quarterback and wide receiver for the Bulldogs from 2006-09.
He first played quarterback, into his junior season, then after a sustaining a shoulder injury was moved to wide receiver for his final season. He was a four-time scholar-athlete, five-time Dean's List recipient, two-time Citadel Gold Star recipient and earned a spot on the 2009 Southern Conference All-Academic Team, amongst other school acknowledgments. He graduated in 2010 with a degree in Business Administration.