NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee State has hired the former NFL, who is bringing Eddie George back as a football coach, and relying on his name and connections to revive the program.
TSU introduced George with the band at a press conference on Tuesday at the Gentry Center as a reminder of what the university is hoping for a big step forward in football.
“Eddie George was a winner in every way and we look forward to seeing the same dedication and dedication to our players and a win on and off the field,” said Sporting Director Mikki Allen. “We are very happy that he is coming to us and leading the next chapter of our legendary football program.”
Tennessee State is taking a risk. George,a four-time Pro Bowl, which ran back with the Tennessee Titans and won the 1995 Ohio State Heisman Trophy, has not trained before. He played nine seasons in the NFL and ran for 10,441 yards.
He owns a landscape architecture office. George is also an actor and has appeared on Broadway and television. He said everything that prepared him for this moment.
“Coaching is a full commitment, a duty of service,” said George. “I take it seriously. I’ve done a lot of soul searching and due diligence. The more I thought about it, the more excited I got about it. It was like picking up an old guitar or getting back on a bike. it is known, but in a different capacity.
The Tigers went between 58 and 61 for the past eleven seasons, with only one FCS playoff appearance in 2013. Tennessee State announced Monday that coach Rod Reed’s contract would not be renewed. The Tigers had three straight losses, including 2-5 this spring.
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