"Rehired" by Rich Rod upon his arrival, after you read this I think you will agree that Rich Rod would have been a fool NOT to keep Coach on staff.
I don't think that there are enough superlatives to describe Coach Jackson. I'm serious. He has spent 17 seasons with the Wolverines, and his resume is amazing. He is originally from Baton Rouge, LA and was an all-conference QB at Jackson State. He graduated from there in 1972 and graduated with a masters of arts from Michigan in 1975. Just ponder that one for a minute--regardless of football. MA from Michigan in 1975, within the sociocultural context of the 70s. Impressive.
He began his coaching career at Flint Southwestern (where he coached Rick Leach) and also won state titles as the track coach in 1975 and 1977.
He then rocketed to Toledo, of the MAC, to serve three years as the offensive coordinator, quarterbacks and wide receivers coach under Chuck Stobart from 1979-81. Stobart worked for Bo at Miami and Michigan as well as John Cooper (of blessed Michigan memory).
The 80's brought Jackson to the Big Ten where he spent 1982-1986 at Wisconsin. He coached just about every part of the football team's offense and coached NFL All-Pro Al Toon of the New York Jets.
But then he hit the coaching merry-go-round:
1987 = WRs Coach, US Naval Academy
1988 = QBs and WRs coach, South Carolina
1989-1990 = Offensive coordinator and QBs/WRs coach, Purdue
1991 = QB Coach, Vanderbilt
Until.....in 1992.....Coach Jackson came to Michigan to work for Coach Gary Moeller. And the rest is history. Coach Jackson has served as the running backs coach since then and also served two seasons as the offensive coordinator in 1995-96. Check out his RBs successes since his hiring in 1992
Jackson's Michigan All-Big Ten Performers:
1992: Tyrone Wheatley (1st)
1993: Tyrone Wheatley (1st)
1994: Tyrone Wheatley (1st)
1995: Tshimanga Biakabutuka (2nd)
1999: Anthony Thomas (2nd)
2000: Anthony Thomas (1st)
2003: Chris Perry (1st)
2004: Mike Hart (1st)
2006: Mike Hart (1st)
2007: Mike Hart (2nd)
And let's not forget Chris Floyd, Chris Howard, Aaron Shea, and B J Askew
FUMBLE FREE: 5 POINTS OF SECURITY
Coach is a quiet, kind man---at least while the women are around. He taught me how not to fumble a football, explaining why his running backs rarely give up the rock. (or if they do, they sit)
When you get the ball on the handoff you want to make sure that the ball is placed squarely in the crook of your arm, resting on your forearm (1). You use your index finger/hand to control the tip of the ball (2). Next, flex your elbow to bring the ball into your chest (3) and (4) your biceps. To really make sure the ball is secure in traffic, bring your other arm over and cradle the ball from the top (5). Done.
Jackson has been recognized for his coaching skills with his selection as the American Football Coaches Association National Assistant Coach of the Year for Division I-A in 2001. In addition, Jackson was a finalist for the 2000 Broyles Award given to the nation's outstanding assistant coach. And he has 19 post-season bowls to his credit. But you don't hear or see much about him. I think it is because of Coach's quiet humility and not because of issues with race and coaching in football.......at least that's what I hope. But you have to admit that it seems damned strange that he hasn't become a head coach somewhere.