Not to be confused with Sol Cohen.

Sollie Herman "Jew" Cohen (September 6, 1907 – April 1, 1966)[1] was a college football player and later a businessman of Lake Providence, Louisiana.

Early years

Cohen's parents were Jews from Russia.[2] He was from Delta City, Mississippi[3] and attended Rolling Fork High School.[4]

Ole Miss

Cohen was a prominent fullback on the Ole Miss Rebels football team. Cohen was named to the Mississippi All-Time Team by football historian Dr. L.H. Baker.[5] He remained a prominent booster for the Ole Miss program long after his time at the school.[6] He was "known as one of the greatest interference runners the South ever produced."[7] He also excelled on defense.[8]


In 1927 he led Ole Miss to a 5–3–1 season and was selected All-Southern.[9][10] Ole Miss won the first Egg Bowl with a trophy in 1927.[5] Cohen scored the first touchdown for Ole Miss, capping a 51-yard scoring drive with a 1-yard plunge.[11] He was chosen for the All-Southern team which played a game against Pacific Coast stars and won.[7]

Lake Providence

In the 1940s he lived in Lake Providence, Louisiana where he owned a furniture and appliance store.[3][4]


  1. ^ Louisiana, First Registration Draft Cards, compiled 1940-1945
  2. ^ Year: 1920; Census Place: Beat 5, Sharkey, Mississippi; Roll: T625_892; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 112; Image: 1014
  3. ^ a b "1". The Delta Democrat Times. June 4, 1951. 
  4. ^ a b "Solly Cohen". The Delta Democrat-Times. April 1, 1966. p. 4. Retrieved April 17, 2015 – via  open access publication - free to read
  5. ^ a b "Cohen, Sollie". 
  6. ^ "Solly Cohen, Ole Miss All-Southern in 1924 is Still Football Booster". The Delta Democrat-Times. December 5, 1965. p. 10. 
  7. ^ a b Horace C. Renegar (December 22, 1927). "Bama Star Is Captain Of Eleven". The Bismarck Tribune. p. 12. Retrieved March 15, 2015 – via  open access publication - free to read
  8. ^ "Coming Years Teams To Have Many New Faces". The Miami News. November 26, 1927. Retrieved April 17, 2015 – via Google news archive. 
  9. ^ Ernie Couch. SEC Football Trivia. p. 113. 
  10. ^ "Spears Given Highest Vote in Selection". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. November 27, 1927. 
  11. ^ William G. Barner. The Egg Bowl: Mississippi State Vs. Ole Miss. p. 76. 

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