Grambling State parts ways with coach Hue Jackson

Grambling State relieved head coach Hue Jackson of his duties on Tuesday after two seasons.Co-offensive coordinator John Simon was elevated to interim head coach while the university launches a national search for its next full-time hire.The Tigers posted a 5-6 record this season, finishing with a 27-22 loss to rival Southern University on Saturday in the annual Bayou Classic in New Orleans.Jackson, 58, has an overall record of 8-14 (6-10 SWAC) during his tenure with Grambling.The former NFL head coach was hired on a four-year contract with an annual salary of $400,000, but only the first two years were guaranteed.”We want to thank Coach Jackson on his contributions to the GSU football program. We wish him well in all his future endeavors,” Dr. Trayvean Scott, Grambling vice president of intercollegiate athletics, said in a statement. “This was not an easy decision to make but one that we felt was necessary to move our program forward. The goal at GSU is to compete for championships every year. As we move forward, we will be intentional in finding the right person to lead this program back to its rightful place as one of the top programs in the country.”