“Hue” Dat coming to GSU!!?


By T. Scott Boatright

Grambling State University has announced a 10 a.m. Friday to name its new football coach, and it looks like the school is following somewhat of a trend.

But making it even bigger.

Historically Black College and Universities have had good fortune as of late bringing in former NFL standout players to be their head coaches.

While the GSU coaching search has been locked down tighter than Area 51, multiple sources are now reporting that a former NFL head coach will be the next head “Gridiron G-Man.”

Reports say Grambling feels the color of success lies in Hue Jackson, former head coach of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Brown and who sources say will officially become head coach of the G-Men on Friday.

Jackson this past season served as offensive coordinator at Tennessee State under head coach Eddie George, a former standout for the NFL’s Titans.

At Tennessee State this past season, Jackson headed an offense that ranked fifth in scoring, fifth in total offense and second in passing offense in the Ohio Valley Conference. 

Geremy Hickbottom, a graduate transfer and former starter for Grambling,threw 12 touchdowns and four interceptions this past season for TSU under Jackson’s guidance.

GSU fired Broderick Fobbs last month after eight seasons during which he compiled a record of 54-32, including a 12-1 finish in 2016 and National Black Championship. 

But Grambling fought to a 3-7 finish this past season thanks to a big waning seconds field that led to a 29-26 win over Southern in the 48th annual Procter & Gamble Bayou Classic at Caesar’s Superdome in New Orleans on Nov. 27.

Jackson began his coaching career at the collegiate level in the late-1980s, but he cracked into the NFL in 2001 and remained a coach at that level – including one year as the Oakland Raiders head coach and three atop the Cleveland Browns – through 2018.

Collegiately, he began as a graduate assistant at the University of the Pacific before moving on to Cal-State Fullerton, Arizona State, California and Southern California.

Then Jackson made the jump to the NFL, as running backs coach and offensive coordinator for Washington before becoming, among other NFL jobs, head coach for the Raiders in 2011, and head coach of the Browns from 2016-18.

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