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Rich Rodriguez Committed to Jacksonville State Through 2030

HC Rich Rod of Jax State
© Dave Hyatt / Special to the Gadsden Times / USA TODAY NETWORK

After an unprecedented start to his tenure as head football coach at Jacksonville State University, Rich Rodriguez has solidified his commitment to the Gamecocks by signing a two-year extension, extending his leadership through 2030.

With an impressive 18-6 record since joining Jacksonville State, Rodriguez has left an indelible mark on the program. Under his guidance, the Gamecocks clinched the ASUN Conference Championship in 2022 and in 2023, the program's first season in Conference USA, secured a victory in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl in 2023, marking significant milestones in the team's history.

New Era for the Gamecocks

Athletics Director Greg Seitz expressed his enthusiasm, stating, "We couldn't be more excited that Coach Rodriguez is committed to Jacksonville State and continuing to lead our football program into this new era." Seitz highlighted the remarkable growth of the program under Rodriguez's leadership, including the recent inauguration of the state-of-the-art Loring and Debbie White Football Complex.

Rodriguez's impact extends beyond the field, with notable improvements to the Gamecocks' facilities and operations. The forthcoming Loring and Debbie White Football Complex promises to elevate the team's performance and provide an enhanced experience for fans.

The Gamecocks' success under Rodriguez's tutelage is evident in their on-field achievements. Boasting the fastest offense in the nation in 2023, the team's dynamic playstyle captivated audiences. Additionally, their dominance in the ground game, coupled with a formidable defense, solidified their position among college football's elite.

Welcome to Conference USA - Rich Rodriguez

Rodriguez's stellar coaching career spans 26 years, marked by championship victories at every level and bowl game appearances with four different programs. His expertise and track record of success position Jacksonville State for continued excellence as they embark on their second season as a full-fledged member of CUSA and the FBS in 2024.

The Gamecocks' 2024 season kicks off on Thursday, August 29, with a home game against Coastal Carolina, setting the stage for another thrilling chapter in Jacksonville State football.

About Jacksonville State University:

Jacksonville State University, located in Jacksonville, Alabama, is a comprehensive regional university offering undergraduate and graduate programs to a diverse student population. Known for its commitment to academic excellence and student success, JSU provides a vibrant campus community and numerous opportunities for personal and professional growth.


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