Jackson State Announces New Head Coach Following Deion Sanders' Departure

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Jackson State University has named a new head coach following Deion Sander's controversial departure.

On Tuesday (December 13), JSU announced that T.C. Taylor would become the 22nd head coach for the Tigers, replacing Sanders, who recommended him for the position, per WAPT.

"The former JSU quarterback and wide receiver has been a part of the Jackson State football staff since 2019, coaching tight ends and wide receivers, and has played a key role in an historic run over the past two seasons of Tiger football," the HBCU said in a press release.

Taylor played quarterback and wide receiver for the Tigers from 1998-2001. During his senior year, the JSU alum broke the school's single-season record with 84 receptions for 1,234 yards and 11 touchdowns. Taylor was also the runner-up behind Eli Manning for the 2001 Conerly Trophy, which is awarded to Mississippi's top college football player.

He returned to JSU as an assistant coach in 2019 after coaching quarterbacks and calling offensive plays at North Carolina Central from 2014 to 2018.

"Coach Taylor’s experience working with our student-athletes, along with his dedication to support and enhance his alma mater, are exactly what Jackson State University needs to continue to elevate the athletic prowess of our football program,” said JSU President Thomas K. Hudson. "I look forward to working with him as he continues to build on tradition and blaze new trails."

The school won its second consecutive SWAC championship this year and is preparing to head to Atlanta to compete in the Celebration Bowl.

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