ELLISVILLE, Miss. -- Ray Perkins was having trouble getting their attention. The group of recruits the coaching staff brought in that morning seemed lost in another world, a world to which the 70-year-old head coach didn't belong.
One recruit, a lanky cornerback from the Delta, was listening to his iPod while Perkins spoke. Another checked his phone restlessly. A third fiddled with the zipper on his overcoat.
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