Hue Jackson hired as Grambling football head coach



Coaches have more lives than cats.

On Friday, Grambling University, an HBCU in Louisiana, announced it is hiring former NFL head coach Hue Jackson to that position.

Jackson was head coach of the NFL’s Raiders for the 2011 season in which the team went 8-8, and later coached the Browns from 2016 until about halfway through 2018, compiling a record of 3-36. He has been a successful offensive coordinator at several stops, including the Raiders (before was promoted to head coach) and two seasons on the Bengals in which the team went 22-9-1.

Jackson had fractious exits with both the Raiders and Browns.

In Oakland, Jackson was fired by new general manager Reggie McKenzie after just one season, which Jackson intimated was part of a power struggle.

“(McKenzie) is going to gut this place,” Jackson said at the time. “He wants to bring in his own guys. No job is safe right now.”

In fairness, Jackson was part of a long procession of coaches who failed in Cleveland, but even by those standards the record on the field was astoundingly bad. Like his record, the leaks that occur when an organization is done with a coach were particularly pointed amid his exit. His final days were reportedly spent “paranoid”. An alleged power struggle between Jackson and his offensive coordinator Todd Haley culminated in both getting dismissed.

The Grambling program has a lot of history, most notably having been coached for 55 years by Eddie Robinson, whose 408 victories are the third most all-time in college football. Grambling has 26 titles in the SWAC — a conference that also includes Deion Sanders’ Jackson State team — and 15 claimed Black College national championships.


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