Around 4:30 Tuesday afternoon, JSU athletic director Warren Koegel confirmed that Bill Clark is leaving JSU to become the new head coach at UAB. Under Clark, JSU enjoyed its most successful season in the school’s FCS history going 11-4 with a trip to the third round of the playoffs. The Piedmont native and JSU graduate replaces Garrick McGee who went 5-19 in his two seasons on the Southside of Birmingham. McGee left the Blazers for the offensive coordinator job at Louisville.
JSU Athletic Director and University President William Meehan released the following statements on Tuesday:
Dr. William A. Meehan, President:
"We're very proud for Bill and the success that he had at Jacksonville State. He is a JSU grad and we are excited about his personal success and we are grateful for the success he brought to the Gamecocks this year."
Warren Koegel, Athletics Director
"Coach Bill Clark informed me this afternoon that he has accepted another job. I want to thank Coach Clark for the last 13 months of service to Jacksonville State University as our head football coach, and all the things the team was able to accomplish under his leadership."
"I have always been proud to say honesty, respect, loyalty, trust and integrity are the way we run our athletic department at Jacksonville State University. Loyalty to the players and team, honesty and respect are the upmost importance to me, my staff, our Board of Trustees and to our president, Dr. Bill Meehan."
"We have great respect for our team and our number one concern is for this team's well-being and their success as college student-athletes. We care about them as people, as students and as football players. I pledge to them that we will make a quick decision to find an outstanding coach who will continue to lead them to success in all areas of college life."