JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Most first-year football coaches get a chance to implement their playbook and philosophy with the understanding that it might take a year or two before the winning begins.
Jackson State's Harold Jackson won't have that luxury.
The 68-year-old Jackson, who was hired to replace Rick Comegy, will be expected to win immediately. Comegy was surprisingly fired after leading Jackson State to back-to-back Southwestern Athletic Conference championship games — though the Tigers lost each time.
Jackson will be expected to have the Tigers among the league's elite again. But the veteran coach isn't worried about pressure, saying "the only thing I can do is have our guys go out and play mistake-free football. We'll be fine."
Sophomore quarterback LaMontiez Ivy returns after missing most of last season with an ankle injury.