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William C. Gorden, Jackson State’s Winningest Coach, Dead at 90

William C. Gorden, who served as head football coach at Jackson State University (JSU) from 1976 to 1991, has died at age 90.

After being informed by his family, JSU announced on its athletics website that Gorden died Friday night.

Gorden joined the Jackson State football staff as an assistant coach in 1966 and would be named interim head coach during the 1976 season.

Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2008, Gorden was an alumnus of Tennessee State University.

Considered JSU’s winningest coach, Gorden went 119-47-5 from 1976-91 after serving as defensive coordinator and head baseball coach.

The Tigers won eight SWAC titles and reached the NCAA playoffs nine times under Gorden who worked two years as athletic director at the historically Black college after retiring as coach.

The Mississippi legislature in 1997 honored the Nashville native with a proclamation as JSU’s winningest coach and credited his academic oversight for JSU having the highest graduation rate in the SWAC and higher than the student body.

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