Jack Crowe

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Jack Crowe
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Record 101–87
Biographical details
Born (1947-05-02) May 2, 1947 (age 68)
Birmingham, Alabama
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Livingston (OC)
North Alabama (OC)
Wyoming (OC)
Auburn (OC)
Clemson (OC)
Arkansas (OC)
Baylor (OC)
Jacksonville State
Head coaching record
Overall 95–82
Bowls 0–1
Tournaments 0–3 (NCAA D-I-AA playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
2 OVC (2003–2004)
OVC Coach of the Year (2004)

Jack Crowe (born May 2, 1947) is an American football coach. He was most recently the head coach at Jacksonville State University in Alabama, a position he has held since 2000. Crowe served as the head football coach at the University of Arkansas from 1990 to 1992 season. Crowe was also the head coach at Livingston University, now known as the University of West Alabama, from 1977 to 1978. He served as offensive coordinator for head coach Pat Dye at both Wyoming and Auburn. In addition, Crowe has served as an assistant coach at the University of North Alabama, Clemson University and Baylor University. Jack Crowe is married to Leann Crowe.

Crowe first came to Arkansas in 1989 as offensive coordinator under Ken Hatfield. Hatfield left for Clemson University a month after the season ended--far too late to find a big-name coach. More or less out of desperation, athletic director Frank Broyles persuaded Crowe to drop his plans to follow Hatfield to Clemson and take over as head coach of the Razorbacks. The decision came as something of a surprise, since Crowe had only won five games in two seasons at Livingston. By the start of the season, the Razorbacks had seen Barry Foster give up his senior season to enter the 1990 NFL Draft and had lost numerous other players to disciplinary and academic problems. Under the circumstances, the Razorbacks struggled to a 3-8 record. They barely qualified for a bowl in 1991.[1]

After the Razorbacks opened the 1992 season with an upset loss to a Division I-AA team, The Citadel, Broyles announced that Crowe had resigned and that defensive coordinator Joe Kines would coach the Razorbacks for the rest of the season.[2] However, Crowe's lawyer subsequently told Sports Illustrated that Crowe had been fired, and Broyles admitted that he'd fired Crowe due to concern that the fans no longer had confidence in him.[1]

At Jacksonville State, Crowe has won two official conference titles. He would have won a third in 2009, however the Gamecocks were on NCAA APR Probation, making them ineligible for titles and banning them from postseason play. APR is a metric used by the NCAA to measure a team's academic progress rate, and JSU was penalized because of the team's poor academic performance. He also coached Ashley Martin, the first woman to play and score in a NCAA football game and the second woman to play and score in a college game in any division.[3]

Crowe's 2010 Jacksonville State team pulled a major upset to start the season, beating Houston Nutt's Ole Miss Rebels at Vaught–Hemingway Stadium, 49–48 in double overtime. Nutt was an assistant under Crowe when Crowe was fired from Arkansas. On November 30, 2012, Crowe was fired by Jacksonville State.[4]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Livingston Tigers (Gulf South Conference) (1977–1978)
1977 Livingston 2–8 1–7 9th
1978 Livingston 3–7 1–6 8th
Livingston: 5–15 2–13
Arkansas Razorbacks (Southwest Conference) (1990–1991)
1990 Arkansas 3–8 1–7 8th
1991 Arkansas 6–6 5–3 T–2nd L Independence
Arkansas Razorbacks (Southeastern Conference) (1992)
1992 Arkansas 0–1* 0–0 4th (west)
Arkansas: 9–15 6–10 *Fired after 1 game
Jacksonville State Gamecocks (Southland Conference) (2000–2002)
2000 Jacksonville State 4–6 2–5 6th
2001 Jacksonville State 5–6 2–4 5th
2002 Jacksonville State 5–6 2–4 T–5th
Jacksonville State Gamecocks (Ohio Valley Conference) (2003–2012)
2003 Jacksonville State 8–4 7–1 1st L NCAA Division I-AA First Round
2004 Jacksonville State 9–2 7–1 1st L NCAA Division I-AA First Round
2005 Jacksonville State 6–5 6–2 3rd
2006 Jacksonville State 6–5 5–3 T–4th
2007 Jacksonville State 6–5 5–3 T–3rd
2008 Jacksonville State 8–3 6–2 T–2nd
2009 Jacksonville State 8–3 6–1 1st* not awarded OVC title due to APR penalty
2010 Jacksonville State 9–3 6–2 2nd L NCAA Division I Second Round
2011 Jacksonville State 7–4 6–2 T–1st
2012 Jacksonville State 6–5 5–3 4th
Jacksonville State: 87–57 66–35
Total: 101–87

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Murphy, Austin. Not exactly Hog Heaven. Sports Illustrated, September 21, 1992.
  2. ^ "Kines will replace Crowe at Arkansas". The Gadsden Times. Associated Press. September 7, 1992. p. B1. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Martin first female to play, score in Division I". ESPN.com. August 31, 2001. Retrieved May 15, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Head football coach Jack Crowe out at Jacksonville State". AL.com. Jacksonville State Sports Information. December 1, 2012. Retrieved November 30, 2012. 

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