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Eddie George can add the title of head coach to his stunning list of accomplishments. Tennessee State University will name the former Titans player and Heisman Trophy winner as the new coach of the Tigers’ football team. George will replace Rod Reed, who was in his 11th season with the Tigers and coached his last game on Sunday. Reed had a 60-69 record with the team since 2010.
The news has fans, alumni and even members of the media excited. USA Today reporter Gentry Estes said the “beauty in this highly unorthodox hire” was that in many cases, hiring a head coach without experience would be “ludicrous” — but that is not the case here because, well, it’s Eddie George, and this is Nashville. Though George is nationally famous, which is certainly a bonus, in Nashville he is a truly celebrated member of our community. He has a business here, his son goes to school here, and now he’ll be TSU’s head football coach.
He may be an unorthodox pick, but George seems to have anticipated criticism about his lack of coaching experience. According to Football Scoop, George will be advised by former Tennessee Titans and L.A. Rams coach Jeff Fisher. Fisher’s son — who spent the past season as a defensive analyst on the Auburn staff under former head coach Gus Malzahn and defensive coordinator Kevin Steele — will act as defense coordinator. George and TSU are also reportedly working to secure Hue Jackson, former head…