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Bethune-Cookman’s Jenkins To Interview For Southern Job

Bethune-Cookman coach Brian Jenkins is a confirmed finalist for the Southern University coaching job. (BCU photo)

A much-rumored coaching change at one of Black College Football’s most prestigious jobs looks like it could soon be reality. On Sunday night, Southern University athletic director William Broussard told the Baton Rouge Advocate that Bethune-Cookman’s Brian Jenkins will interview on-campus for the vacant head coaching position. 

Jenkins is currently one of three finalist for the job, according to Brousard. The others are Nevada offensive tackles and tight ends coach James Spady and Dawson Odums, who finished the 2012 season as SU’s interim head coach.

Jenkins will be the last of the three to be interviewed, as his interview will take place on Thursday. Broussard has said he intends to present his final choice and recommendation to SU System Board of Supervisors at their meeting Friday.

If Jenkins were to get the job, it could create a reverberating effect on the HBCU football coaching scene. Jenkins has led Bethune-Cookman to a 27-8 record, including two MEAC titles, in three years. This year the Wildcats 9-3, losing to Coastal Carolina in the opening round of the FCS playoffs as Jenkins was named FCS Regional Coach of the Year just last week.

“My No. 1 thing is just getting over there and sitting and talking with Dr. Broussard and seeing his vision, then sharing my views and opinions. … I want to see what the alumni are interested in and what they want,” Jenkins said. “Then I want to voice my ability and my system to them and see if it all matches up.”

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