Jackson State fires football coach Tony Hughes

Published 2:18 pm Monday, October 29, 2018

For the second time in three seasons, Jackson State is making a coaching change in its football program.

The school’s athletics department announced Monday that it will not renew the contract of head coach Tony Hughes at the end of the season.

Defensive coordinator John Hendrick will serve as the interim head coach for the last three games of the season.

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“I would like to thank Coach Hughes for his dedication and hard work to Jackson State University and the Jackson State football program,” Jackson State director of athletics Ashley Robinson said. “We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Hughes has a three-year contract that pays him $265,000 per year and is set to expire on Dec. 12.

Hughes was hired in December 2015 after spending seven years as an assistant at Mississippi State. He had a 9-20 record in his two-plus seasons at Jackson State, however, including an 8-12 mark in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

The Tigers were blown out 41-7 by Southern University on Saturday to drop to 3-3 overall and 2-2 in the SWAC this season.

Jackson State is averaging just 15.4 points per game, which ranks ninth in the 10-team SWAC. It has scored a total of 14 points and one offensive touchdown in its last two games.