Reports: Texas Southern hires Clarence McKinney as new head coach

By Maria Lysaker

Arizona associate head coach and running backs coach Clarence McKinney will be named the new head coach as Texas Southern on Monday, as first reported by Mark Berman of Fox 26 and multiple reports.

McKinney is known as a top running backs coach and a proven recruiter with deep ties to the Houston area. 

McKinney has been on current Arizona head coach Kevin Sumlin’s staff for the past 10 years. This was McKinney’s first season on Arizona’s football staff. He served as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Houston for four seasons before serving as running backs coach at Texas A&M for six years, all under Sumlin. 

Prior to joining Kevin Sumlin’s staff at Houston, McKinney was head coach at Jack Yates High School, where he compiled a 30-8 record in three seasons. McKinney received several honors during his time at Yates High School including being named a 2006 Gordon Wood 4A Coach of the Year Finalist and a 2007 Texans Coach of the Year Finalist.

McKinney was also an assistant football coach at North Shore High School from 2005-2005 and Booker T. Washington High School from 1997-2003 where he was named the 2003 Houston Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year. 

McKinney will take over for former head coach Michael Haywood who resigned from the position on Nov. 27 after three seasons at the helm and compiling an 8-25 overall record. McKinney inherits a Tigers team who finished 2-9 overall this season and 1-7 in the SWAC West division.

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