Tennessee State Hires Eddie George As New Head Football Coach

    Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Eddie George on stage prior to the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

     

    In a move that is vastly becoming the norm and one that we definitely applaud, Tennessee State has hired former all-pro running back Eddie George.

    The former Titans star takes over for Ron Reed who has been the head coach since 2010 and posted a (60-69) record.

    George will be joining the Tigers without any previous head coaching experience. Tennessee State is taking the same approach that Jackson State took in September when they hired Hall of Fame defensive back, Deion Sanders. Both moves are football-related, yes, but were also made to help boost the visibility of the program on the recruiting trail.

    During his playing years, George was a big, physical runner who accumulated (10,009) rushing yards and 64 rushing touchdowns in just eight seasons with the Titans. He was a four-time pro bowler and amassed at least (1,000) rushing yards in seven of his eight seasons. He currently serves as a mentor to various Titans players, including running back Derrick Henry.

    Upon retirement, George has remained a Nashville native and this fit just seems right. He’s hiring his former NFL coach Jeff Fisher in an advisory role and his son Brandon who’s been an NFL and NCAA coach for years will become his defensive coordinator.

    Former NFL cornerback and TSU alum Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is already a member of the current staff and will likely be retained.

    This is huge for Black College Football to have another NFL great at the helm of an HBCU. It’s exactly what’s needed to help revitalize and rejuvenate the sport at this level.

    Tennessee State will open its 2021 campaign on September 5th versus Grambling State.