American Football Database
American Football Database
Mississippi Mudcats
Established 2007
Folded 2009
Played in Tupelo, Mississippi
at the BancorpSouth Arena
League/conference affiliations
American Indoor Football Association (2007–2009)
Team colorsGreen, gold, white, silver
Owner(s)Jim Waide
Head coachBrian Brents
Team history
*Mississippi Mudcats (2007–2009)
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (0)
Home arena(s)
* BancorpSouth Arena (2007–2009)

The Mississippi MudCats were a team in the American Indoor Football Association. They played their home games at BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo, Mississippi.


The team was announced on June 20, 2006. One month later, Todd Ellis, former Georgia Tech football player, was announced as the team owner and president. A name-the team contest was held, and despite Ellis' preference of Tupelo Kings in honor of Tupelo-born Elvis Presley, the team was named the Mississippi MudCats for the state's catfish industry. Brian Brents was announced as the inaugural head coach.

In the 2007 season, the Mudcats averaged over 3,200 fans per game, more than any other team in the AIFA.[citation needed] At the end of the season, civil rights attorney Jim Waide bought the team from Todd Ellis.

The 2008 MudCats lost only one regular season game for best record in the AIFA for 2008 at 13–1. They won their division championship playoff game against the Columbus Lions before losing in the conference championship to the Wyoming Cavalry. In late 2008, owner Jim Waide has said he would not field a team in 2009 due to financial reasons and failed to find new owners.

Season-by-season records

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
2007 11 3 0 2nd Southern Div. Won Conf. Semifinal (Tallahassee) 62–32
Lost Conf. Championship (Lakeland) 62–84
2008 13 1 0 1st South Div. Won Div. Championship (Columbus) 52–50
Lost Conf. Championship (Wyoming) 26–54
Totals 26 6 0 (including playoffs)

2007 season schedule

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
February 3 Pittsburgh RiverRats Home Won 54–34
February 10 Montgomery Bears Home Won 57–27
February 17 Lakeland Thunderbolts Home Won 46–36
February 24 Gulf Coast Raiders Home Won 74–45
March 10 Tallahassee Titans Away Won 62–58
March 17 Florence Phantoms Home Won 63–14
March 24 Baltimore Blackbirds Home Won 80–20
April 2 Montgomery Bears Away Won 62–37
April 7 Carolina Speed Away Lost 52–64
April 14 Tallahassee Titans Home Won 80–75
April 28 Carolina Speed Home Won 70–28
May 5 Lakeland Thunderbolts Away Lost 31–54
May 19 Florence Phantoms Away Lost 45–44
May 25 Erie Freeze Away Won 53–47
June 10 Tallahassee Titans (playoffs) Home Won 62–32
June 18 Lakeland Thunderbolts (playoffs) Away Lost 62–84

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