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Source: Jackson State (FCS - MS) is making a head coaching change

Sources tell us Jackson State (FCS - MS) is making a head coaching change.

The source shares that head coach John Hendrick has been let go. We understand that most of the staff is expected to be affected as well. However, source tells FootballScoop offensive coordinator TC Taylor is a candidate to become the new head coach.

Hendrick took over with three games left in the 2018 season following the dismissal of Tony Hughes and went 2-1. He then led the team to a 4-8 finish in 2019.

An assistant at a number of FBS programs over the years, Hendrick has been at Pitt, Texas A&M, LSU, Kansas State, Temple, Mississippi State, South Florida, and Tulane during his coaching career. Those stops include experience on both sides of the ball (mostly defensive line, but worked with the tight ends and tackles at LSU) as well some time as special teams coordinator.

From 2003-06, Hendrick was the head coach at Benedict (D-II - SC), where he went 18-25 in four seasons, highlighted by 6-5 finishes in 2003 and 2005.

The full Jackson State staff consists of:



TC Taylor

Offensive Coordinator

Lionel Stokes

Defensive Coordinator

Ron Dickerson Jr.


Brady Ackerman

RBs / Recruiting Coordinator

Otis Riddley


Eric Gallon

TEs / H-Backs

Dorsett Davis


Charles Mitchell


Dwayne Curry


Jordan Hopgood

Graduate Assistant - Offense

Shawn Bishop

Graduate Assistant - Defense

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The school has now issued a statement confirming that Hendrick's contract "will not be renewed."

The statement from the school reads:

"In consultation with President Hudson and after a thorough review and evaluation of all aspects of our football program, I have decided that a change in leadership is in the best interest of our program and university," Robinson said. "I want to thank Coach Hendrick for the hard work he has done with our football program. I wish John much success in the future."

Offensive coordinator TC Taylor and offensive line coach Otis Riddley are being retained and will lead the program on an interim basis, and national search is underway for a new head coach.