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Fred McNair, brother of Steve McNair, named Alcorn head coach

Fred McNair is the new head coach at Alcorn State. (Alcorn State photo)

With National Signing Day just hours away, Alcorn State decided to make things official. Fred McNair, a former Alcorn State quarterback himself, has been hired as the new head coach of his alma mater.

McNair fills the vacancy created on Saturday when Jay Hopson left Alcorn to take the Southern Mississippi job. He was named interim coach shortly thereafter, but that title has now been removed.

“It’s been a long journey, but I’m finally here,” McNair said via Alcorn State release. “I’m humbled for the decision you all made to make me the next head coach. This is my alma mater. I played here, coached here and now its time for me to be a leader of this program.”

McNair has a long history with the program. He played quarterback for the Braves, just before his brother Steve came along and re-wrote the record books.

Alcorn is coming off back-to-back SWAC Championships under Hopson, so McNair knows the bar has been set high.

“I have some tremendous guys. I appreciate the staff because they have stood by me throughout this whole process. Behind every great head coach is a great staff,” McNair said. “Those guys should be recognized for everything this program has achieved. This program is in championship form and my goal is to continue to build this championship form.”

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