Jackie Sherrill

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Jackie Sherrill
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Sport(s)Football
Biographical details
Born(1943-11-28) November 28, 1943 (age 70)
Duncan, Oklahoma
Playing career
1962–1965Alabama
Position(s)Fullback, linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1966
1967
1968–1969
1970–1972
1973–1975
1976
1977–1981
1982–1988
1991–2003
Alabama (GA)
Arkansas (GA)
Iowa State (assistant)
Iowa State (AHC/DC)
Pittsburgh (AHC)
Washington State
Pittsburgh
Texas A&M
Mississippi State
Head coaching record
Overall180–120–4
Bowls8–6
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
3 SWC (1985–1987)
1 SEC Western Division (1998)
Awards
Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award (1981)
SWC Coach of the Year (1985, 1986, 1987)[1]
 
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Jackie Sherrill
Screen Shot 2014-05-15 at 5.09.48 PM.png
Sport(s)Football
Biographical details
Born(1943-11-28) November 28, 1943 (age 70)
Duncan, Oklahoma
Playing career
1962–1965Alabama
Position(s)Fullback, linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1966
1967
1968–1969
1970–1972
1973–1975
1976
1977–1981
1982–1988
1991–2003
Alabama (GA)
Arkansas (GA)
Iowa State (assistant)
Iowa State (AHC/DC)
Pittsburgh (AHC)
Washington State
Pittsburgh
Texas A&M
Mississippi State
Head coaching record
Overall180–120–4
Bowls8–6
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
3 SWC (1985–1987)
1 SEC Western Division (1998)
Awards
Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award (1981)
SWC Coach of the Year (1985, 1986, 1987)[1]

Jackie Wayne Sherrill (born November 28, 1943) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Washington State University (1976), the University of Pittsburgh (1977–1981), Texas A&M University (1982–1988), and Mississippi State University (1991–2003), compiling a career college football record of 180–120–4. Sherrill is currently a studio analyst for Fox Sports Net's college football coverage and a writer for Texags.com.

Playing career[edit]

Sherrill played football at the University of Alabama under Bear Bryant from 1962 to 1965, helping the Crimson Tide win two national championships.

Coaching career[edit]

Washington State[edit]

Sherrill was the head coach at Washington State in 1976. During his one season at the Pullman campus, the Cougars won three games and lost eight.

Pittsburgh[edit]

Sherrill was the head coach at the University of Pittsburgh from 1977 to 1981. Before going to Washington State, Sherrill had served as an assistant at Pittsburgh under head coach Johnny Majors. When Majors left Pittsburgh to return to his alma mater at the University of Tennessee, Sherrill returned to become the head coach of the Panthers. He is credited with grooming quarterback Dan Marino, who went on to a prolific Hall of Fame career in the NFL after being Sherrill's last quarterback at Pitt, from 1979–1982. During his tenure, Sherrill's coaching staff included future NFL head coaches Jimmy Johnson and Dave Wannstedt. In Sherrill's five seasons at Pittsburgh, the Panthers won 50 games, lost nine, and had one tie.

When asked about retirement, Joe Paterno once said that he would not, because it would leave college football in the hands of "the Jackie Sherrills and the Barry Switzers".[2] Paterno apologized to Switzer for the comment, but wrote in his book that he "didn't give a damn about what Sherrill felt."[3] Paterno later said that the comment was made off-the-record and in jest during a party at Paterno's house, but it was printed anyway. Sherrill and Paterno later became friends – and Sherrill and his wife were guests of the Paternos in State College in 2004.[4] Notably, Sherrill went 2–3 in five games leading Pitt against Penn State, including a 48–14 loss in 1981 that destroyed Pitt's chances at a second national championship in five years.[5]

Texas A&M[edit]

On January 19, 1982, Sherrill was hired by Texas A&M as a replacement for Tom Wilson, signing a record six-year contract over $1.7 million.[6] Sherrill was the head coach of the Texas Aggies from 1982 to 1988. While head coach at A&M Sherrill started the tradition of the "12th Man Kickoff Team", this tradition is still observed by A&M today only in a significantly scaled back form, including a single walk-on rather than an entire return team unit. In his seven seasons as the coach of the Aggies, Texas A&M won 52 games, lost 28, and had one tie. Texas A&M won three consecutive Southwest Conference championships under Sherrill, in 1985, 1986 and 1987. As a result, the Aggies played in the Cotton Bowl Classic at the end of each season, defeating Auburn University 36–16 on January 1, 1986 and Notre Dame 35–10 on January 1, 1988, and losing to Ohio State University 28–12 on January 1, 1987. He is also one of the few coaches to leave Texas A&M with a winning record against the Longhorns, winning his last five against Texas after losing his first two.

In 1988, Sherrill's Aggies were put under probation by the NCAA for a period of two years. Violations included improper employment, extra benefits, unethical conduct and lack of institutional control.[7][8] Sherrill was not personally found guilty of any infractions. However, in December 1988, Sherrill resigned.

Mississippi State[edit]

After three years away from the game, Sherrill was hired as head coach at Mississippi State University in 1991. He took over a program that hadn't had a winning season since 1986 (and had won a total of 14 games in that stretch) and hadn't had a winning record in Southeastern Conference play since 1981. Sherrill began his Mississippi State career with an upset victory over a familiar foe from his A&M days, the Texas Longhorns (who were the defending Southwest Conference champions).

In thirteen seasons in Starkville, Sherrill coached the Bulldogs to a record of 75–75–2. His 75 wins are the most in school history. He led the team to an SEC West title in 1998, and a berth in the Cotton Bowl Classic. A year later, he notched a 10–2 record and #12 final ranking. That #12 ranking was the highest final ranking achieved by any NCAA Division I-A school in Mississippi in over 30 years. Sherrill, along with Bill Snyder of Kansas State, were among the first to use the rich JUCO systems of their respective states to help their programs progress.

Although Sherrill won only eight games in his last three seasons, he built Mississippi State into a consistent winner despite playing in the same division as powerhouses like Alabama, Auburn and LSU. He also finished with a winning record against in-state rival Ole Miss (7–6). Under Sherrill, the Bulldogs went to six bowl games; before his arrival they'd only been to seven bowls in 96 years of play.

Sherrill also achieved notoriety by having his team observe the castration of a bull as a motivational technique prior to a game versus Texas. Unranked Mississippi State subsequently beat the #13 ranked Longhorns.[9]

Sherrill retired after the 2003 season, which was followed by the NCAA levying probation for four years on the program.[10] Despite a prolonged 3 year investigation by the NCAA, Mississippi State was [11] not found guilty of any major violations, and Sherrill was never personally found guilty of any NCAA rules violations at either Mississippi State or Texas A&M.

Sherrill has an ongoing lawsuit against the NCAA, Rich Johanningmeier (the principal NCAA investigator in the MSU probation), and Julie Gibert (a female Ole Miss booster), alleging 18 counts of wrongdoing. Among the allegations include charges that the NCAA defamed him and conspired to drive him out of coaching, that Johanningmeier was unethically influenced by the female Ole Miss booster in his investigation of MSU, and that they conspired to fabricate NCAA charges against him.[12][13][14][15]

Head coaching record[edit]

YearTeamOverallConferenceStandingBowl/playoffsCoaches#AP°
Washington State Cougars (Pacific-8 Conference) (1976)
1976Washington State3–82–5
Washington State:3–8 (.273)2–5 (.286)
Pittsburgh Panthers (Independent) (1977–1981)
1977Pittsburgh9–2–1W Gator78
1978Pittsburgh8–4L Tangerine
1979Pittsburgh11–1W Fiesta67
1980Pittsburgh11–1W Gator22
1981Pittsburgh11–1W Sugar24
Pittsburgh:50–9–1 (.842)
Texas A&M Aggies (Southwest Conference) (1982–1988)
1982Texas A&M5–63–5T–6th
1983Texas A&M5–5–14–3–1T–3rd
1984Texas A&M6–53–57th
1985Texas A&M10–27–11stW Cotton66
1986Texas A&M9–37–11stL Cotton1213
1987Texas A&M10–26–11stW Cotton910
1988Texas A&M7–56–12nd
Texas A&M:52–28–1 (.648)36–17–1 (.676)
Mississippi State Bulldogs (Southeastern Conference) (1991–2003)
1991Mississippi State7–54–3T–4thL Liberty
1992Mississippi State7–54–43rd (West)L Peach23
1993Mississippi State4–5–23–4–14th (West)
1994Mississippi State8–45–32nd (West)L Peach2524
1995Mississippi State3–81–74th (West)
1996Mississippi State5–63–54th (West)
1997Mississippi State7–44–4T–3rd (West)
1998Mississippi State8–56–21st (West)L Cotton
1999Mississippi State10–26–22nd (West)W Peach1213
2000Mississippi State8–44–4T–3rd (West)W Independence2224
2001Mississippi State3–82–66th (West)
2002Mississippi State3–90–85th (West)
2003Mississippi State2–101–75th (West)
Mississippi State:75–75–2 (.500)43–59–1 (.422)
Total:180–120–4 (.599)
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

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