W. C Gorden passes


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As a Hornet Fan of many years I can remember anytime a Coach Gordon coached team will enter the stadium it wasn't the Sonic Boom playing Get Ready it was the intimidating factor his teams had doing warmups. They would mock there opponent to submission. RIP Coach Gordon


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W.C. Gorden, legendary JSU coach and a most gentlemanly winner, dies at 90​

By Rick Cleveland
Mississippi Today


Today is a football Saturday, a good day to remember the life of W.C. Gorden, the College Football Hall of Fame coach who died Friday at the age of 90 in his adopted hometown of Jackson.

First thing’s first: W.C., whom I considered a good friend, was a terrific coach and a better person, always seeming on such an even, gentlemanly keel. He was a sports writer’s dream, a quote machine.
W.C., who knew a thing or two about winning, once told me what “victory” meant to him.
“Victory makes your coffee sweeter and your food taste so much better,” he said. “It makes your jazz sound smoother, the sun shine brighter. It makes your wife look more beautiful. It even makes you sleep better and dream sweeter. Victory makes all the difference in the world.”

For most of his coaching life, Gorden’s coffee must have tasted mighty sweet and his wife was surely a knockout. Over 15 seasons at Jackson State’s head coach, his Tigers won 119 games, lost just 48 and tied 5. In the SWAC, they won 79 and lost 21.
Let’s put it this way: Deion Sanders would love to be so successful.
And here is the stat of this football week: During Gorden’s 15 seasons at the helm, Jackson State won eight conference championships. In the 28 seasons since, the Tigers have won three.
He won those championships in the SWAC’s heyday, when Eddie Robinson was the head coach at Grambling, when Marino Casem, The Godfather, was coaching at JSU’s arch-rival Alcorn and, for a while there, Archie Cooley, The Gunslinger, was at Mississippi Valley. Gorden, nicknamed The Jazzman for the music he dearly loved, just won.



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W C Gordon was one of the best SWAC Coaches ever and his JSU teams were like well oiled machines during the late 80's. He's definitely on Iconic status with Eddie Robinson, Ace Mumford, John Merritt and Jake Gaither. We have truly lost another legend.....


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W.C. Gorden - Legendary JSU Football Coach​

Greetings Tigers,
It is with our deepest sympathy that we offer our condolences to the family of Mr. W.C. Gorden, legendary JSU Football Coach and College Football Hall of Famer. Coach Gorden led the JSU Football Program for 15 years. He accumulated more wins than any other coach in JSU Tiger history, including eight SWAC championships.

Coach Gorden is the husband of Vivian Howard Gorden (c/o 1957), father of Craig Gorden Sr. and Robin Gorden (c/o 1984) and father-in-law to Vonda Gorden (c/o 1987) and Pamela Tucker Gorden (c/o 1986). He is the grandfather to current JSU student, former head J-Sette, Kayla Gorden, Michael Gorden (c/o 2016), Craig Gorden Jr. (c/o 2014), Robyn Gorden (c/o 2017) and Kamera Gorden (c/o 2018).

Please keep the Gorden family in your thoughts and prayers.

Services for Coach Gorden are as follows:​

Masks are required.

Date: Friday, October 30, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Central United Methodist Church
500 N. Farish Street
Jackson, MS 39202

Homegoing Services
Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Lee E. Williams Athletic and Assembly Center
Jackson, Mississippi 39217


Dr. Earlexia M. Norwood
Jackson State University National Alumni Association, Inc.

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I had the opportunity and pleasure of briefing meeting Coach Gorden on two occasions that I distinctly recall. The first occasion was at the Induction Ceremony of Robert Brazile, Jerry Rice and others into the MS Sports Hall of Fame. I asked him about a couple of games and former JSU Football players. It was then that he opened a notebook that seemed to contain newspaper clippings of articles from most if not all of the games he had coached. He shared with me some details from those games that I had asked him about as well as the JSU Football Player that he felt was as good as and could have possibly outshone all of our noted former Football Players! After listening and absorbing all he had to say in that short 2-3 minutes before moving on to chat with the other Inductees I said, "Coach, you ought write a book and put all those stories on paper!" I sure wish he had.


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Learned something new that he coached here in Vicksburg at Temple high before he went to Jackson st.


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Learned something new that he coached here in Vicksburg at Temple high before he went to Jackson st.
And that plays a part in another story he told me about the next time I meant him up in the Stands at Memorial Stadium about how that 1974 JSU-Alcorn game almost didn't get played! LOL!


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Learned something new that he coached here in Vicksburg at Temple high before he went to Jackson st.
He was head coach at Eva Gordon High School in Magnolia, MS prior to Temple in Vicksburg. He came to Jackson in 1967, my Freshmen year; became head coach in the middle of the season after Bob Hill was fired for slapping the **** out of a dean.