Eddie George, the Tennessee Titans’ former star running back, is now the head coach of Tennessee State University.
Although George doesn’t have any coaching experience, his experience as an NFL star and mentor makes him an invaluable asset to Tennessee’s program. Also, this high-profile hiring only brings more attention and competition to HBCU athletics.
And it's official. Former Titans running back Eddie George takes the stage as the new head coach of Tennessee State University. Here's the moment the TSU AD introduced him. pic.twitter.com/hLwpgL54tl
— Justin McFarland (@ThisJustinTv) April 13, 2021
For those who don’t know, George was the star running back for the Tennessee Titans from 1996 to 2003. As a member of the Titans, he won Offensive Rookie of the Year honors, was voted to four Pro Bowls and was named first-team All-Pro in 2000. Not to mention, he was the winner of the 1995 Heisman trophy during his time at Ohio State and had his number retired by Ohio State and the Tennessee Titans.
With George’s resume as a player, he should be able to make sound football decisions. Additionally, George has been a mentor to various Titan players like Derrick Henry according to WJHL, and he has a solid coaching staff that he hopes to bolster.
George is looking to add former Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson as his offensive coordinator, according to Football Scoop. Meanwhile, the Tennessee Tigers are completing a deal with Brandon Fisher, Jeff Fisher’s son, as a defensive coordinator, according to Football Scoop.
With George’s leadership, Tennessee State could end their playoff drought. The Tigers haven’t made the FCS playoffs since 2013.
It will also interest fans to see Deion Sanders’ Jackson State and Eddie George Tennessee State taking part in the Southern Heritage rivalry.