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JSU fans optimistic about new head football coach

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

There are big changes at Jackson State University after a less than stellar football season. 

On Monday, the school introduced its new head football coach and fans are excited about what Tony Hughes will bring to the program.

Their focus is on his specialty in SEC recruiting. 

"I think he really cares a lot about Jackson State, and he wants to be here," said Tommy Johnson.

The 1980 Jackson State University graduate feels it's time for stability in the program, but he warns that fans should be patient.

"We need a coach that's gonna be there for a while but like Jackson State fans, we're used to winning you know, added Johnson. "We got the tradition back when Coach Gorden was there always winning. So we're spoiled and so now anything less than winning they're talking about firing you." 

 Many are optimistic about what the former MSU top recruiter and safeties coach will bring to the SWAC after seven years in the SEC.

"I just hope they get to winning, get better ball players, because Alcorn has passed them up in recruiting and we need to bring it back here," said JSU supporter James Carroll.
 
The 56-year-old from Forest, is the school's 19th head coach.

At Mississippi State he was paid $400,000.00 a year. Harold Jackson, who was fired in October after his first season, earned $260,000.00 annually. No word yet on Hughes' salary at JSU.

"He's got a good coaching record you know. So I think it's gonna be better overall for everything, and I think they should just pay him that money," said JSU fan Hubert Miller. "We ought to be able to come up with it,"

"That's a lot of money though, but that's the going rate for head coaches right now," added Johnson.
 
Only time will tell if Hughes finds favor with Jackson State fans and their influential alumni base.

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