Coaching changes are part of the reality of college football, and Jackson State was the first FCS program during the 2018 season to make a move — choosing not to renew the contract of its head coach.
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Tony Hughes, the 19th head coach in Jackson State's history, came from Mississippi State where he had an impressive span with Dan Mullen as a recruiting coordinator and DBs coach. He was 9-20 overall and 8-12 in the SWAC during his coaching tenure (2016-18). Defensive coordinator John Hendrick was named the interim head coach.
"I would like to thank Coach Hughes for his dedication and hard work to Jackson State University and the Jackson State football program,” Director of Athletics Ashley Robinson said in a press release put out by the school. “We wish him the best in his future endeavors … We have a talented group of hard-working student-athletes and I look forward to the program finishing the season strong playing for the senior class under the leadership of Coach Hendrick."
There will be five more games on the JSU schedule. Jackson State is the only FCS team this year to defeat Florida A&M.
In the preseason, Stephen F. Austin head coach Clint Conque resigned on Aug. 6 due to non-football related issues, but this is the first coaching move based on the 2018 season.