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Jackson emerges as Jackson State football head coach

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 01/13/2014
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JACKSON, Miss. - Jackson State University announced the hiring of Harold Jackson as its next football head coach. Jackson was named the 12th football at JSU during a press conference on Monday morning.

A native of Hattiesburg, Miss., Jackson played his collegiate football at Jackson State and is a member of both the Mississippi and JSU Sports Hall of Fames. He joins JSU after spending six seasons in the SEC ranks.

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

He served as the wide receivers coach at Baylor (2003-2006) and Kentucky (2001-2002) coaching two of BU's six all-time wide out trios and a first-team All-Southeastern Conference wide receiver at UK.

He coached receivers for 10 years in the NFL with stints at New England (1985-89), Tampa Bay (1992-93) and New Orleans (1997-99).

In his first NFL season as a coach, the Patriots won the AFC championship and played in the 1986 Super Bowl.

From New England, Jackson served as an assistant coach at North Carolina Central during the 1990 season. In 1991, he was the offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Night of the Arena Football League before returning to the NFL at Tampa Bay.

Following his two-year coaching term with Tampa Bay, Jackson spent the 1994 season as the head coach at Virginia Union. He then served as head coach for two seasons (1995-96) at Benedict College in Columbia, S.C., where he helped revive a football program that had been dormant for 29 years, before joining the Saints' staff.

Jackson posted a 16-year NFL playing career with the Los Angeles Rams (1968, 1973-77), Philadelphia Eagles (1969-72), New England Patriots (1978-81), Minnesota Vikings (1982) and Seattle Seahawks (1983). He played on eight playoff teams and is a five-time All-Pro wide receiver.

His career totals include 579 receptions for 10,372 yards and 76 touchdowns. Jackson led the NFL in receptions in 1972 and in receiving yardage in both 1969 and 1972.