It’s not the kind of shake up a team wants heading into its 2nd game of the season but it’s one Jacksonville State has to deal with now. JSU officials confirmed today special teams coordinator Aashon Larkins has abruptly resigned his post.
Larkins was in his first season with the Gamecocks after spending the last 8 years at The Citadel. According to published reports, it seems the decision comes in connection with JSU’s road trip to East Lansing, Michigan for the season opener last week, but nothing is confirmed. Along with coordinating the special teams Larkins also coached the cornerbacks. Safeties coach Brandon Hall will take over Larkins' corner duties. At today’s OVC teleconference head coach John Grass declined comment. Associate AD Greg Seitz says he was not terminated by the university nor requested by the school to resign.
Meanwhile the team will have to put that matter behind them as they set to face a tough Chattanooga team on the road on Saturday.
The Mocs ranked are No. 13 in the FCS polls and almost knocked off Central Michigan last weekend. Both JSU and Chattanooga battled for playoff spots last year and ultimately the Gamecocks won the spot because of big non-conference wins. There isn't a coach in the nation that likes to look ahead, but it’s clear this game will be key for JSU’s big picture. The Gamecocks and Chattanooga square off this Saturday at 5:00pm at UTC.