Anthony Jones

Christmas is a just a few weeks away.

Forget expensive watches, big screen TVs or the latest smart phones as the most desired gifts this season.


Many HBCU football fans want a new coach under the tree…NOW.

Southern is currently in the process of interviewing candidates for its open position after the school canned Stump Mitchell in the middle of the season.

Anthony Jones at Alabama A&M might have worn out his welcome after his Bulldogs started 6-0, only to finish the season losing four of their last five games and miss out on another SWAC title game appearance.

Speaking of the SWAC’s annual end of the season contest in Birmingham, Jackson State’s Rick Comegy was a little more than two minutes away from wrapping up his second conference title since 2007 before the defense gave up a 95-yard touchdown pass to tie the game before finally losing to UAPB in OT.

The Tiger Nation is not pleased with Rick.

Neither should Grambling State fanatics after Doug Williams filed more lawsuits than his team filed conference victories in the win column in 2012.

Will Santa give the good fanboys and fangirls of the SWAC what they want in the not-too-distant future?

Who knows?

The real question should be is it worth changing head coaches at all?

According to a study conducted by professors from the University of Colorado system and Loyola University Chicago, staying status quo might do programs some good instead of knee-jerk firings that lead to some immediate improvement but a gradual decline as the years go on.

Programs are what they are. The stalwarts will be stalwarts for the most part. The average will the average, and the mediocre will be mediocre regardless of who walks the sidelines, give or take a few productive and lean years.

Are you sure you want Santa to bring you a new coach only to lose interest in him after a few years?

Well, it is fun to be surprised.

About The Author

Kendrick Marshall

Editor for HBCU Sports, award-winning journalist, and a graduate of Jackson State University.

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