Hue Jackson, a seasoned NFL coach, has been dismissed as head coach at Grambling State University after a two-season tenure marked by a disappointing 8-14 record. This move follows Grambling State's recent loss to Southern in the Bayou Classic, despite a noticeable improvement in the team's performance from three victories in 2022 to five in 2023.
A Tumultuous Coaching Career
Before joining Grambling State, Jackson's coaching career in the NFL was tumultuous, marked by a historically poor performance during his time with the Cleveland Browns, culminating in a winless 0-16 season in 2017. However, his experience in both collegiate and professional football, along with his record in recruiting and developing talent, made him an attractive choice for Grambling State when he was hired in December 2021.
Unmet Expectations at Grambling State
Despite hopes for a turnaround, Jackson's tenure at Grambling State has not lived up to expectations. The decision to terminate Jackson's contract was described as a necessary step to propel the football program forward and reclaim its position as one of the top programs in the country. Grambling State's Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics, Dr. Trayvean Scott, emphasized the university's commitment to competing for championships and finding the right person to lead the program.
Moving Forward After Jackson's Departure
Following Jackson's dismissal, co-offensive coordinator John Simon was appointed as the interim head coach while the university initiated a national search for a permanent replacement. Jackson's contract with Grambling State, which had an annual salary of $400,000, was guaranteed for the first two years of the four-year agreement. The university's decision to part ways with Jackson reflects the high expectations and aspirations it holds for its football program, signaling a desire to pursue excellence and championship contention in the collegiate football landscape.