The UAB head coaching post became available when Garrick McGee resigned and accepted the offensive coordinator position at Louisville.
Last week, Jenkins was granted permission to speak with Jackson State officials about their vacant head coaching position but he later declined the interview. Jenkins has accumulated a 37-11 record in his four seasons at B-CU collecting 3 MEAC titles in the process.
Bethune-Cookman University head football coach Brian Jenkins has declined to interview for the vacant head coaching position at Jackson State University. Jenkins, officially considered a candidate for the open head coaching position at JSU, made the announcement on Thursday afternoon. Through an official from the B-CU Department of Athletics, Jenkins released a quote on his decision to decline the next step in possible talks with Jackson State.
“I am honored to have a school with a rich history of football like Jackson State University consider me for their head coaching vacancy,” said Jenkins. “It not only speaks volumes about how highly they think of me and my coaching philosophy, but also that of my coaching staff. After all, none of the success we’ve enjoyed over the last four years would be possible without a dedicated staff and great student-athletes. A year ago this time, Dr. Edison O. Jackson and Lynn Thompson showed their tremendous support not only of me, but towards my staff and family, when they extended my contract at Bethune-Cookman University. I said then that I had a goal to achieve. And since I’ve yet to achieve that goal, I stay firmly committed to believing B-CU is the place where that goal can be achieved in the future.
“Again, I want to thank Vivian Fuller and Jackson State for noticing what my staff and I have done here at B-CU, and believing it would take the JSU football program to even greater heights. I thank them for their consideration, but I thank B-CU even more for its love and support. We have a good nucleus of student-athletes coming back in 2014. Mixed with the strong recruiting class we’re expecting to sign next month, I believe we are poised to do something special for Wildcats Nation next season. And it’s something everyone should want to be a part of.”
HailWildcats.com contacted B-CU Athletic Department officials earlier in the day. When asked, B-CU Director of Athletics Lynn W. Thompson confirmed he received a call from Vivian Fuller – Athletic Director at Jackson State University, seeking permission to speak to Bethune-Cookman head football coach Brian Jenkins about the JSU football head coaching vacancy.
“I can confirm that I did, in fact, grant permission for Jackson State to speak to Brian Jenkins about their head football coaching job,” said Thompson. “However, Coach Jenkins is in the first year of a new contract with us at B-CU. We recognize that his success has become attractive to other universities. However, based on our conversations, we feel that Coach Jenkins is committed to continue his quest towards winning a national championship here at Bethune-Cookman University.”
Jenkins has spent four seasons as B-CU’s head football coach compiling a 37-10 overall record during his tenure. He has been named MEAC coach of the year 3 times and he has won at least a share of the conference crown in 3 of his 4 seasons on the job.