Hue Jackson announced as 14th head football coach at Grambling State
GRAMBLING, La. (KSLA) - The Grambling State University Department of Athletics introduced its new head football coach Friday, Dec. 10.
The university dismissed its previous head coach, Broderick Fobbs, back in mid-November. Linebackers and Special Teams Coordinator Terrence Graves has been serving as interim head coach. Graves will serve as the coach for the upcoming Bayou Classic on Dec. 18.
Grambling’s 14th head coach is Hue Jackson. He comes to the program after spending the last year as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Tennessee State University.
“It’s such an amazing day at Grambling and to see students represented here, to see faculty and staff, to see alumni, and former G-Men who have assembled here today,” President Rick Gallot said. “It’s is great to see everyone who is here today to witness the naming of our new leader of our football program.”
The announcement began with Coach Wilbur Ellis leading everyone in prayer. President Gallot made remarks, then, Dr. Trayveon Scott, vice president of intercollegiate athletics, introduced Coach Jackson.
Jackson has more than 30 years of experience in football, both college and professional. He started his coaching career in 1987 at the University of the Pacific (his alma mater), and spent a majority of the next 13 years in the college sector. In 2001, he moved to the pros and stayed in the NFL until 2019.
“In the decades that I’ve known this university, from the time of my youth in north Baton Rouge, I can vividly recall attending my first Bayou Classic at the age of 5, eating peanuts in the terrace section of the Louisiana Superdome. I can also vividly remember watching until the day I was named athletic director, and every day since,” Dr. Scott said. “One constant that I know will never change, Grambling State University fans love a winner! I know GSU fans will love Hue Jackson.”
“He knows that success in football means success in the classroom,” Dr. Scott said of Jackson. “Hue isn’t just a leader on the field, he’s a champion off it.”
GSU says Jackson spent three years as a graduate assistant at Pacific (1987-1989) before spending two seasons as the running backs coach and special teams coordinator at Cal State Fullerton. Then in 1991, Jackson entered the pros, coaching running backs, wide receivers, and special teams for the World League’s Monarchs. After that, he went back to the college level in 1992 and spent four years (1992-1995) at Arizona State University coaching running backs for his first three seasons and working with quarterbacks in his fourth year.
In 1996, Jackson became the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at California, and lead the Bears to the Aloha Bowl. In 1997, Jackson started a four-year stay at the University of Southern California and worked as the offensive coordinator. While at Southern California, Jackson helped the Trojans get to the top of the Pac 10 for total offense. He was also responsible for recruiting two Heisman quarterbacks (Carson Palmer in 2002 and Matt Leinart in 2004).
“I want to thank President Gallot for his vison and passion for Grambling State University,” Coach Jackson said. “I am honored to be working with him as with vast submission of this great institution to transcend barriers. I also want to thank Dr. Scott for the countless hours of discussions as we shared for a common desire to position our student-athletes for success and excellence on and off the field.”
Jackson launched his career in the NFL with the Washington Redskins (now the Washington Football Team). He worked with running backs for two seasons before being named offensive coordinator in 2003.
“We needed a shot in the arm and the AD gave us what we needed. It’s time for the family to around him,” said Doug Williams, former Grambling State quarterback, head coach and current Washington Football Team senior advisor.
The following year, Jackson started a three-year stretch working with wide receivers with the Bengals. In 2005, Chad Johnson TJ Houshmandzadeh combined for a total of 175 receptions for 2,388 yards, leading the Bengals to win the AFC North title and secure a spot in the playoffs for the first time in 15 years. In 2006, Johnson and Houshmandzadeh became the first pair of Bengals to surpass the 1,000-yard receiving mark in a single season.
“He helped me grow so much as a PLAYER on the FIELD, but more importantly he helped me grow as a MAN off the FIELD! He is very honest and forthcoming with players which is RARE,” said Houshmanzadeh.
Jackson then left the Bengals to be the offensive coordinator for the Falcons; he then spent two seasons as the quarterback coach for the Ravens.
In 2010, Jackson moved to the Oakland Raiders and worked as their offensive coordinator. He lead the Raiders to a top five finish in scoring with 25.6 points per game. He was named head coach for the 2011 season. The team finished the year 8-8.
Jackson returned to the Bengals in 2012 as a secondary assistant and special teams coach. Then in 2013, he became the running backs coach. In 2014, he became offensive coordinator.
“Grambling and its players are getting the best coach I’ve ever had. Hue is the reason for my success not just on the field but off, the true meaning of a players coach. I’m excited and happy for him,” said Chad “Ocho Cinco” Johnson, former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver.
In 2016, Jackson was hired on as head coach for the Browns. He held that position into the 2018 season. Jackson again returned to the Bengals as a special assistant to Head Coach Marvin Lewis.
During his time in college, Jackson played quarterback at Pacific after transferring from Glendale Community College. During his time at UOP, he racked up more than 3,400 yards in total offense and scored 19 touchdowns in two seasons. He also earned a letter in basketball his senior year.
“Hue will bring a coaching resume and leadership that will give the Grambling program credibility. We all must rally together and support Dear Ole Grambling,” said James “Shack” Harris, former Grambling State quarterback and Black College Football hall of famer.
Jackson has a degree in physical education from the University of Pacific (1986).
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