Jack Crowe has been fired as the head football coach at Jacksonville State, according to a news release from the school.
In a statement, Jacksonville State Athletics Director Warren Koegel said, “Our vision and mission are winning conference championships and advancing to the postseason on a regular basis. We continue to value student-athlete success academically and expect them to be great citizens in our community.”
Jacksonville State finished 6-5 overall this season, and 5-3 in the Ohio Valley Conference.The Gamecocks last won an OVC title just two years ago, in 2010.
After back-to-back OVC titles in 2003 and 2004, the Gamecocks went without a conference title for seven straight seasons, before winning again in 2010. Jacksonville State had the conference’s best record in 2009, but was ineligible for postseason play due to Academic Progress Rate Sanctions.
The Gamecocks posted an 87-57 record during Crowe’s 13 seasons and advanced to the NCAA playoffs three times during his tenure (2003, 2004, 2010), but failed to win a postseason game.
Crowe ends his tenure with the second most wins in Jacksonville State history and served the second-longest tenure of any coach in program history, trailing only Don Salls’ total of 95 wins over 18 seasons.
Crowe picked up one of the biggest wins in school history with a 49-48 double-overtime road win over Ole Miss to open the 2010 season.
Crowe had two years on remaining on his contract.
“I’m honored to have been the coach at Jacksonville State University,” Crowe said. “I felt like we have moved the program forward over the last 13 years. There is still a lot left to be done.
“After several discussions with Warren (Koegel), I realized I did not have the support to get those things done,” Crowe added. “I have decided, in my life, I didn’t want to wait too late in finding new opportunities.”
A national search for the program’s 13th head coach since the modern era of Gamecock football began in 1945 will begin immediately.