Jackson State fires John Hendrick after a 6-9 record

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Jackson State head football coach John Hendrick has been fired, according to the Clarion Ledger. He did not even complete two seasons leading the program.

Hendrick was named the team’s interim head coach in October 2018. However, under his leadership, the team went 6-9 overall.

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Football Stadium (Photo by Unsplash)

A national search has begun to find his replacement.

“In consultation with President Hudson and after a thorough review and evaluation of all aspects of our football program, I have decided that a change in leadership is in the best interest of our program and university,” Jackson State athletic directory Ashley Robinson said in a school release. “I want to thank Coach Hendrick for the hard work he has done with our football program. I wish John much success in the future.”

At this time, T.C. Taylor and Otis Riddley have been named interim head coaches. They have been retained until a new head coach is announced.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Jackson is not playing football in the fall. However, they will attempt to play football in the spring.

The SWAC announced in July that they were postponing their season. Nearly all of the FCS football teams have been either postponed or outright canceled their fall sports programs.

Whoever will be brought in as a new head coach, they are looking at nearly a decade of losing. Their last winning season came during the 2013 season.

They have not won the SWAC Championship since 2007.

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