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Thee Legacy Persists: JSU Names T.C. Taylor as New Head Football Coach

On Dec. 13, just days before the final game of the 2022 season, Jackson State University named T.C. Taylor as the new head coach of the JSU Tigers football program. 

The naming of the university’s new head coach came shortly after Deion Sanders announced that he was leaving to begin a head coaching position at the University of Colorado following the Celebration Bowl on Dec. 17. Before starting his career in Colorado, Sanders made it known that he thought Taylor was the perfect man to succeed him in the role. It appears that his wish was granted with the announcement of Taylor as the new head coach.

Who is T.C. Taylor?

T.C. Taylor has been a member of the JSU football coaching staff since 2019, but that isn’t his only affiliation with the program. Taylor is a “true blue” tiger, having played quarterback and wide receiver for the storied program between 1998 and 2001. As a wide receiver, he caught 188 passes, setting a school record for receptions in a single season. Naturally, Taylor joined the staff as the wide receiver’s coach, with a legacy to build on and much to teach his players about the game. 

When Jackson State’s previous coach assumed the role, the program ran under a new slogan, “I Believe.” It felt temporary and out of place. With Taylor as the head coach, alumni and true fans of the program are certain to see “Thee I Love” back in The Vet along with slogans like “Protect Thee Block” and “Guard Thee Yard.” “Guard Thee Yard” is seemingly a phrase to be crowned under the reign of Taylor.

Restoration of Thee True Blue Legacy

This restoration of the true blue tiger legacy and order seems refreshing even as many fans were anticipating Taylor’s hire days before JSU announced it. Taylor has a legacy himself and is expected to build upon the program’s story of greatness.

Many supporters and alumni are elated to welcome an “in-house hire” and former Jackson State student and player to the leadership role. The notion of welcoming an “outsider” seems misplaced as fans

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