Jackson State parts ways with football coach John Hendrick, begins search for new coach
After a season and a half under his leadership, Jackson State has parted ways with football coach John Hendrick.
Hendrick took over as Jackson State's interim head coach in 2018 and retained the job full time in 2019. Jackson State was 6-9 overall and 5-5 in the Southwestern Athletic Conferene. The Tigers went 4-8 in 2019.
"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.”
Assistant coaches T.C. Taylor and Otis Riddley have been retained and named interim coaches until a replacement can be hired.
Jackson State is not scheduled to play football in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The SWAC postponed its season in July with the coronavirus pandemic still swirling across the country, joining a list that eventually became every FCS conference in postponing or canceling fall sports.
The Tigers haven't finished a football season with a winning record since 2013 and haven't won the SWAC championship since 2007.
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