Interim Jackson State head coach John Hendrick doesn’t know if he has done enough to become the program’s permanent choice moving forward.

But that has stopped him stating his case to remove the interim tag.


“There is nothing concrete yet,” Hendrick said Monday during the weekly SWAC coaches teleconference. “I would like to have the opportunity to be.”

After JSU fired then-head coach Tony Hughes in October, Hendrick led the Tigers to a 2-1 record and within one game of winning the SWAC Eastern Division championship before falling in the regular season finale to Alcorn State last Saturday.

Before his three-week stint as head coach, Hendrick orchestrated a defense that ranked in the top 5 in the SWAC.

“I understand the program and Jackson State University and how to navigate here, he said. “I’m well-connected in Mississippi. I understand the rhythm of Jackson State.”

Hendrick, who has been a college coach in the FBS and FCS in some capacity for 37 years, said he plans to meet with Jackson State athletic director Ashley Robinson after the Thanksgiving holiday to discuss his future with the program.

For now, still working under the interim label, Hendrick plans to hit the recruiting trail.

“As long as I am sitting in this seat, I’m going to do my job,” he said.

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Kendrick Marshall

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  1. Ronnie carter

    JSU have already tried the old and you finish 3-8 for four years.It’s time to be the king again.I would love to see JSU bring in a young coach that can make this happen.Quinton Morgan head football coach of LANGSTON UNIVERSITY 35yrs old with 31-5 record and two of those lost was in playoff and one game call in the 3rd Q due to bad weather.I don’t think nobody else even come close.

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