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Jackson St. hires Comegy as head coach

JACKSON, Miss. -- Jackson State hired Tuskegee coach Rick
Comegy on Wednesday to revive its sagging football program.

The school called a Friday news conference to introduce Comegy,
the replacement for James Bell who was fired Oct. 31 during the
Tigers' third consecutive losing season.

Contract terms were unavailable.

Comegy is being asked to rejuvenate a once-proud program which
produced Hall of Famer Walter Payton, won 15 Southwestern Athletic
Conference titles and regularly led Division I-AA in attendance.

He had success at Division II Tuskegee, going 90-26 in 10
seasons with six 10-win seasons. He also was the school's athletic
director.

In 14 seasons as a head coach, Comegy is 108-51, and was at
Central State and Cheyney before coming to Tuskegee in 1996.

Bell was 8-23 with just two home victories in two-plus seasons
at Jackson State.

He was fired after the Tigers allowed 64 points in a home loss
to Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Daryl Jones, the quarterbacks coach, was
interim coach for the final three games of the Tigers' 2-9 season.

Jackson State also is searching for an athletic director after
Roy Culberson resigned earlier this week, effective Jan. 31, 2006.
Culberson was blamed for hiring Bell and was not involved in
selecting the new coach.