JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Jackson State didn’t sit around and sulk following the news Tony Hughes was out as head coach Sunday. They didn’t have any time to.
“We really don’t have any time to waste,” says Jackson State senior wide receiver Jordan Williams. “We’ve got to get these last three (games remaining), so we’re definitely focused and ready to go.”
“Coaches leave, it’s part of college football,” says Jackson State senior linebacker Eric Bowie. “But when it happens, you’ve just got to keep your head down and keep pumping.”
John Hendrick is now the man tasked to rally Jackson State over the season’s final month. The Tigers defensive coordinator turned interim head coach believes his players are over the initial hurt of losing Coach Hughes.
“You’ve got the guy who’s been the head of a program for almost 3 years,” says Hendrick. “He’s recruited most of the kids. He’s been in most of their homes. There’s an attachment there. It’s like losing a family member.”
“I think at first there was some hurt and there was some sadness, but kids are resilient,” continued Hendrick. “I think they’ve perked it up and I think we’re having a good preparation to get ready to go play Saturday.”
JSU now looking for something positive Saturday when Prairie View visits the Vet. It’s senior day for the Tigers, who know winning can help cure a lot of what ails them.
“The seniors, I know we’d all love it,” says Bowie. “We all need it. Jackson State needs it.”
“Something positive would be big for us,” says Williams. “We’re looking for a spark right now. So that would be huge, a big win Saturday would be good for us.”
“It could really help us," says Hendrick. "It could really give us a shot in the arm. It would be big for this program to get a win Saturday.”