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Mr. J.Y. Mula

2208 South Monte Blanc Dr.
Abbeville, La 70510

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J.Y.'s Living Memorial for the Russ Faulkinberry Tribute was submitted on 4/6/2017 and posted by Dr. Ed Dugas on that day.

Russ Faulkinberry’s Living Memorial, J.Y. Mula - Football 1960 & 61, Baseball 1960-62

My name is J.Y. Mula and I am honored to share my experiences and impressions of Coach Faulkinberry.

I guess it is appropriate to start by saying “in the beginning” because I was there for the first team meeting in January, 1961, when he was introduced as the Head Coach of USL.

As he walked into the room my first thought was we probably have the biggest head coach in college football. Shortly into his talk my next thought was we probably have the most demanding head coach in college football. His message to us that day was not very long, but it should have been clear to everyone in the room that hard work would make us better in everything, not only as a team, but most importantly, in our lives.

His first spring training was very demanding and many teammates elected to give up playing football. They were my teammates and friends and I will always consider them as such.

Because I was a quarterback and a captain, I spent extra time in meetings with coach. I soon realized that underneath that tough persona was a smart and caring man who was always trying to improve us, not only as players, but as young men getting ready for life after football.

My senior year ended in the Southern Miss game with an injury that required surgery. While in the hospital he would visit and give me encouragement. He would also give me one of his favorite talks about “knowing the difference between injury and pain!” I knew I had both of those covered, but I never figured out the difference.

After graduation I became a high school football coach. He let me know that he was always available if I needed anything to help me advance in my career. He had a lot of dry humor and would tell me and others that for a quarterback I sure was not very smart getting into coaching.

Many years later and shortly before his death, I visited him in his hospital room. I tapped on the door and looked in and asked if he was sleeping. He answered in his dry humor, “I was, but not now, so you might as well come on in.” We spoke for about an hour and he did most of the talking and he remembered many mutual experiences that I had forgotten.

Coach Faulkinberry was a great man who had a positive and profound impact in my life and I think of him often. He truly was “our” coach!
Baseball:  1960, 1961, 1962
Football:  1960, 1961

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