Former JSU Coach RobertHughes Passes Away - - Jackson, MS

Former JSU Football Coach Robert Hughes Passes Away

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Former Jackson State football coach, Robert Hughes passed away Wednesday morning following complications of diabetes.

Hughes, who has been in and out of the hospital over the last several months, will be remembered by JSU fans as one of the great football players and coaches in the history of Tigers football.

In 1999, Hughes was named as JSU's 15th head football coach. In his first season, he led the team to a 9-3 record. That season JSU won the Southwestern Athletic Conference Eastern Division title and played Southern in the Inaugural SWAC Championship game in Birmingham, Alabama.

Hughes' Tigers finished with 7-4 records in 2000, 2001, 2002. During his four year coaching career at JSU, Hughes finished with a 30-15 record (.667 winning percentage).

As a player, Hughes was named to the JSU All-Century team in 2011 as a defensive lineman.

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