Jack Crowe
Biographical details
Born (1947-05-02) May 2, 1947 (age 73)
Birmingham, Alabama
Head coaching record
Tournaments0–3 (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 a former American football coach. He played quarterback at West End High School in Birmingham, Alabama. He was most recently the head coach at Jacksonville State University in Alabama, a position he held from 2000 to 2012. 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.

Coaching careerEdit

Crowe first came to Arkansas in 1989 as offensive coordinator under Ken Hatfield. Hatfield left to become head coach at Clemson a month after the season ended. This left athletic director Frank Broyles in a desperate situation. Not only was there nowhere near enough time to find a big-name replacement, but National Signing Day was just three weeks away. Broyles persuaded Crowe to drop his initial plans to follow Hatfield to Clemson and take over as head coach of the Razorbacks. 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]

The Razorbacks opened the 1992 season—their first in the Southeastern Conference—with an upset loss to a Division I-AA team, The Citadel. The next day, 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] He finished 9-15 in two seasons and one game in Fayetteville.

At Jacksonville State, Crowe won two official conference titles. He would have won a third in 2009. However, JSU was ineligible for the conference title and postseason play after being placed on Academic Progress Rate probation 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]

Coaching treeEdit

Assistant coaches under Jack Crowe who became NCAA head coaches:

Head coaching recordEdit

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
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
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.

See alsoEdit


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