Jackson State hires alum as head coach

JACKSON, Miss. — Jackson State turned to an alumnus to take over its football program.

Harold Jackson was introduced Monday as the Tigers’ head coach, succeeding the fired Rick Comegy. Jackson, a five-time All-Pro wide receiver, has more than two decades of coaching experience, most recently in the United Football League.

“I’m going to put the excitement and product on the field,” Jackson said in a statement. “Our players will have discipline in the classroom and on the competition level. Our football players will be developed as good citizens.”

Jackson spent 16 years (1968-83) as an NFL player with the Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks. He began his coaching career with the New England Patriots during their first Super Bowl season of 1985 and also served on staffs at Tampa Bay and New Orleans. He also coached at North Carolina Central, Virginia Union and Benedict College, Kentucky and Baylor.

Comegy is expected to be named head coach at Mississippi Valley State, according to multiple reports, but Valley officials told the Clarion-Ledger newspaper that it “had not selected a final candidate.” Comegy was let go from Jackson State despite going 55-35 in eight seasons and reaching the past two SWAC championship games, losing to Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2012) and Southern (2013).

If Valley picks Comegy, he would become the fourth new hire among SWAC football head coaches, following Jackson, Alabama A&M’s James Spady and Grambling State’s Broderick Fobbs.

— I.C. Murrell